Tibet supports groups across the world will celebrate July 6, the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama, as “World Tibet Day”.

“Friends of Tibet”, an international Tibet support group and principal organisers of the event, are expecting more than 40 countries to join the event with various events and related activities.

The idea of “World Tibet Day” was envisaged by Richard Rosenkranz, a correspondent from US Senate, in 1997 to help the Tibetan people regain their essential freedoms and celebrate the unique value of Tibetan culture and thought.

Sethu Das, director, World Tibet Day Foundation, said, “One of our goals with World Tibet Day is to put pressure on decision makers in China to agree to negotiations with the Tibetan government-in-exile in India without any preconditions.”

“The event apart from helping Tibetans in Tibet strive for emancipation and showcasing the diaspora of Tibetan culture, also highlights the genocidal threats that Tibetan people and culture face today,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama is currently in the US attending a three- day Global Compassion Summit organised to mark his birthday.