Bhutan Advocates Effective And Robust Implementation Of The Paris Agreement At COP24

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The delegation from Bhutan expressed concern over the lack of consensus to consider scientific facts presented at the Conference.

(Source: World Ocean Network)

 

By Staff Reporter Kuensel

Led by the secretary of the National Environment Commission, Sonam P Wangdi, a delegation from Bhutan attended the United Nations Conference on Climate Change Conference of Parties 24 (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

 

 

Source: The Australian National University

 

In a statement Sonam P Wangdi made at the high-level segment of COP 24 on December 12, the delegation urged countries to be flexible, open and constructive to agree on the Rule Book or the effective and robust implementation of Paris Agreement.

Bhutan’s vulnerability to Climate change

“Bhutan’s extreme vulnerability to the effects of climate change on account of it being landlocked, its fragile mountain ecosystem, the high dependence of the economy on hydropower and agriculture were highlighted,” a press release from the Foreign Ministry states. 

 

Lunana in Bhutan

Source: Himalayan gorilla

 

The delegation also expressed concern over the lack of consensus to consider scientific facts presented at the Conference.

It cautioned that if concerns of small and vulnerable states like Bhutan were not taken into consideration, climate change will threaten to derail the significant economic gains Bhutan has made.

It may even prevent the country from realising its goals of graduating from the LDC status by 2023.

Sonam P Wangdi’s meetings with other countries and organisations

On the sidelines of the COP24, the secretary held bilateral meetings with leaders from Luxembourg, Japan, Suriname as well as multilateral agencies such as the Global Green Growth Institute, International Institute for Environment and Development, Climate Analytics, and YASAVA Solutions SA.

 

Sunrise over Punakha Valley. 

Source: Bhutan Scenic Tours

 

As endorsed by the Election Committee of the LDC Group during the additional Subsidiary Body session held in Bangkok in September this year, Bhutan will formally take over the Chairmanship of the LDC Group which comprises of 47 countries, for the term 2019 -2020 at the end of the conference in Katowice.

 

This article first appeared in kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 


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