Ice­land’s Pres­i­dent Talks Cli­mate Change in Bhutan

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - BY ZOË ROBERT ( Cour­tesy : Ice­land on Re­view Line )

P res­i­dent of Ice­land Óla­fur Rag­nar Gríms­son (left) and Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay (right). Photo: Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent of Ice­land.

Pres­i­dent of Ice­land Óla­fur Rag­nar Gríms­son said in a speech at the Hi­malaya-Third Pole Cir­cle in Thim­phu, Bhutan, yes­ter­day that it is im­por­tant to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion on re­search and data gath­er­ing on cli­mate change re­search be­tween the coun­tries in the Hi­malayan re­gion as well as be­tween Hi­malayan re­gion coun­tries and those in the Arc­tic.

Óla­fur Rag­nar said that much could be learnt from each other as well as from suc­cess­ful Arc­tic co­op­er­a­tion.

The rapid melt­ing of glaciers in the Hi­malayas has po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for many na­tions in Asia.

Sci­en­tists, other ex­perts and of­fi­cials from In­dia, China, Pak­istan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myan­mar and Bhutan as well as var­i­ous ex­perts from Europe and the United States are at­tend­ing the meet­ing, which ends to­day.

Óla­fur Rag­nar also met with Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay.

Ice­land’s pres­i­dent has put much em­pha­sis on cli­mate change dur­ing his years in of­fice. First as­sum­ing of­fice in 1996, he is cur­rently serv­ing his fifth term.

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