Bhutan Calls for Greater Global Solidarity to Tackle Climate Change

Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture and Forests and Vice Chair of the National Environment Commission addressing the conference
Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Forests and Vice Chair of the National Environment Commission addressing the conference

Warsaw, Poland, 20th November, 2013: Addressing the Plenary of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Forests and Vice Chair of the National Environment Commission, urged the international community to demonstrate greater global solidarity to tackle the threat of climate change. “Our collective efforts must intensify if we are to avoid dangerous climate change for the most vulnerable, from the lowest lying islands and coastal areas to the high and fragile mountains.”

Lyonpo urged developed states to assume the lead in fulfillment of obligations under the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, “As a landlocked, least developed country in the fragile Himalayan mountain ecosystem, the present trajectory of action, or inaction, with regard to mitigation and other unfulfilled commitments, is a source of great concern.”Lyonpo said that Bhutan “hopes to see a clear road map with deliverables and timelines on finance, as well as demonstrated measures to close the existing ambition gap across all sectors. We need clarity on how commitments to provide $ 100 billion per year by 2020 will be realized, and to see the immediate capitalization of the Green Climate Fund along with balanced allocation of finances for adaptation.” The Conference, which will conclude on 22nd November, is expected to set the contours of a new, universal and legally binding climate agreement that will be adopted in 2015.

Bhutan has already successfully implemented an adaptation project to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) from Thorthormi lake with support from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the UNFCCC. A new adaptation project amounting to $ 11.5million to build capacity for climate early warning, landslides in critical areas and water shortage in communities is also in the pipeline for financing from the LDCF.

Hon’ble Agriculture Minister is leading the Royal Government’s delegation to the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. While in Warsaw, Lyonpo met with the Environment Ministers of Finland and Estonia, and the Heads of the UN Environment Programme, UN Convention on Combating Desertification, and the Global Environment Facility. With 195 Parties, the UNFCCC has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

– Submitted by: PPD

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