Bhutan at the 71st ses­sion of UN Gen­eral Assem­bly

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Ad­dress­ing the 71st Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly on 24th Septem­ber 2016, For­eign Min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji, urged the in­ter­na­tional com- mu­nity not to squan­der the his­toric op­por­tu­nity pre­sented by the re­cent land mark global com­pacts in­clud­ing the 2030 agenda, the Addis agenda and the Paris cli­mate agree­ment. To­gether, he said, the agree­ments “present a his­toric op­por- tu­nity to se­cure col­lec­tive re­solve to ad­vance peace, se­cu­rity, hu­man rights, and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.” He called for ur­gent, fo­cused, and com­pre­hen­sive ac­tion to trans­late the agree­ments into real and mean­ing­ful div­i­dends for all peo­ples and for all coun­tries. He rec­og­nized ter­ror­ism as the most fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights, and strongly con­demned it in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions.

The for­eign min­is­ter is lead­ing the Bhutan’s del­e­ga­tion to the 71st Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly. The theme of the 71st Ses­sion is “The Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals: A Universal Push to trans­form our World.”

While in New York, the For­eign Min­is­ter par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual meet­ing of the min­is­ters of least de­vel­oped coun­tries, the for­ti­eth an­nual meet­ing of min­is­ters for for­eign af­fairs of the Group of 77, For­eign Min­is­ters’ meets on the Asian Co­op­er­a­tion Di­a­logue and of SAARC, as well a high level event on in­no­va­tive pub­lic ser­vice de­liv­ery through South-South and Tri­an­gu­lar Co­op­er­a­tion. As one of the Vice Pres­i­dents of the Bureau of the Group of Land­locked De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries, Ly­onpo chaired the Fif­teenth Meet­ing of LLDC Min­is­ters on 22nd Septem­ber 2016. Bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions were con­ducted with a num­ber of part­ners, in­clud­ing Colom­bia, Den­mark, Es­to­nia, Ethiopia, Ge­or­gia, Maldives Mon­go­lia, Sin­ga­pore and the United States.

The Gen­eral Assem­bly is the main de­lib­er­a­tive, pol­i­cy­mak­ing and rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan of the United Na­tions. It is tra­di­tion­ally one of the largest an­nual gath­er­ings of gov­ern­ments at the level of Heads of State, Heads of Gov­ern­ment, and For­eign Min­is­ters.

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