Lyonchhen participates in a series of sideline events at the UNGA SDG Summit
Lyonchhen took part in a series of side events of the UN SDG Summit2015. In the morning, Lyonchhen attended and made a Commitment Statement at the Global Leaders’ meeting on Gender equality and women’s empowerment: A commitment to action on 27th of Sep, 2015.
Lyonchhen noted that with “the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the international community has a unique opportunity to ensure that addressing gender issues remain at the forefront of Sustainable Development.” Lyonchhen reit- erated Bhutan’s commitment to the accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and to the realization of the gender equality goals and empowerment in the 2030 Agenda.
Addressing the high level interactive event “Anchoring multidimensional poverty with SDGs,” co-hosted by Costa-Rica and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Lyonchhen said that “Bhutan’s experience with GNH and its index would provide useful lessons for the Inter Agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators under the UN Statistical Com- mission as they consider a proposal for a Global Indicator framework for the SDGs.”
Lyonchhen also participated in the High Level Interactive Dialogue on the theme: “Protecting our planet and combating climate change.”
Bhutan has surpassed its commitment to remain carbon neutral: in reality it is a carbon negative country. Noting that “We may in fact be the only country to have achieved this feat thus far.” Lyonchhen highlighted the prospects of strengthening Bhutan’s contributions to combating Climate Change. Lyonchhen informed the meeting that through the sale of 80% of the county’s clean hydro power to India, Bhutan would by 2025 offset 35,000 kilo tons of CO2 emissions per year, in the region.
Lyonchhhen also participated as a panelist in Global Environment Facility (GEF) event- “Con- versation with Thomas Friedman, beyond the SDGs: A fresh start for the planet”.
Equating GNH to “development with values”, Lyonchhen said that good governance is the lynchpin that allows Bhutan to “think globally but act locally”.