Ly­onch­hen par­tic­i­pates in a se­ries of side­line events at the UNGA SDG Sum­mit

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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”.

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