Foreign Minister launches publication “Bhutan at the United Nations “
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Lyonpo Damcho Dorji launched “Bhutan at the United Nations”, a compilation by Lyonpo Dago Tshering of statements delivered by Bhutan’s delegations at the United Nations since 1971. The work, contained in two volumes, spans over four decades of Bhutan’s engagements at the United Nations from 1971 to 2014. The Compendium is a tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the architect of Bhutan’s foreign policy and visionary for much of Bhutan’s interactions with the international community. The Foreign Minister thanked Lyonpo Dago Tshering for producing the anthology and stated that this is the first time Bhutan’s statements at the UN are made available in a single comprehensive publication, and made easily accessible to all. It is a storehouse of information for those interested in learning more about our foreign policy, how Bhutan has engaged on the world’s stage, and of the issues that kept our diplomats at the UN and at Head Quarters often burning the midnight oil. The compilation is a valuable contribution to the institutional memory of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Minister said that the present undertaking is a demonstration of Lyonpo’s enduring commitment and support to Bhutan’s foreign policy, and to advancing the interests of the nation on the world’s stage. Lyonpo Dago Tshering served as Home Minister from 1991 to 1998. Most of Lyonpo’s 47 years in service to the Nation has been associated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Twice as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Lyonpo also served as Bhutan’s Ambassador in Bangladesh, as well as in India where he was also the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps. The publication was supported by the Literary Subcommittee of the 60th BCC Committee.