Bhutan at Addis Ababa Conference
Bhutan participated in the recently concluded the Third International Conference for Financing for Development which was held at the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA) conference centre Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Bhutanese delegation was led by Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, the Minister of Finance, with officials from the Ministry of Finance, Foreign Ministry and the Secretariat of the Gross National Happiness Commission.
The press release from the Foreign Ministry stated that during the general debate among the representatives, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji emphasized the need to redouble efforts by countries around the world, as well as international institutions, focusing mainly on the need of assistance for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in times to come.
Lyonpo also highlighted the unique development challenges faced by Bhutan and appealed to the world to join hands together and work towards eradicating poverty by next decade.
Lyonpo also participated in the Round Table Meeting on the theme “Ensuring policy coherence and an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development”.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who opened the conference called upon for an ambitious and universally inclusive financing framework to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted the need for social compact for greater social protection and a package for Least Developed Countries.
The adoption of an outcome document of the Addis Ababa conference is to be known as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the document is expected to support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
The conference assessed the progress made in the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus 2002 and Doha Declaration of 2008, and has also addressed the new and emerging issues in the context of the recent multilateral efforts to promote international development cooperation and the synergies between financing objectives across the three dimension of sustainable development.
The conference is attended by Head of the States and Governments, Ministers for Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, including relevant institutional stakeholders, non-government organization and business sector entities from across the world.