December 7: The Bhutanese delegation led by Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Agriculture and Forests is attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change Conference of Parties 21 (COP 21) in Paris. The COP 21 is in the final week and will conclude on 11th December 2015.
Speaking at the High Level Segment of COP21/CMP11 to UNFCCC in Paris on December 7, 2015, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji urged the countries to speed up the negotiations to deliver an ambitious and legally binding agreement. Lyonpo highlighted Bhutan’s extreme vulnerability to effects of climate change on account of being land locked and its fragile mountain ecosystem. Lyonpo said that mountain states like Bhutan were more susceptible to increase in global temperature and called for the global community to set the global temperature increase target to 1.5 degrees as against 2 degrees being proposed by some of the countries, failing which it will have catastrophic impact on Bhutanese economy and people’s livelihood.
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