National Council of Bhutan clears Paris Agreement on Climate Change

May 15, 2017

Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji presented the National Interest Analysis on the Paris Agreement.

Concerned that the delay in ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement could further heighten Bhutan’s vulnerability to climate change impacts, the National Council of Bhutan ratified the agreement on 12 May. Council members said that the delay could hamper Bhutan’s low emission development strategy, forest inventory sink capacity and clean development mechanisms.

Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Yeshey Dorji, presented an overview of the Final National Interest Analysis on the agreement which outlines the benefits, obligations, cost implications and implementation for a signatory country. Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji further added that the agreement would reinforce Bhutan’s national contribution and global leadership in climate action.

Lyonpo also spoke on Bhutan's economy being fragile because of the economy is mostly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and hydropower generation. He added that the agreement will enable Bhutan to adapt to climate change impacts.

The National Assembly of Bhutan ratified the Paris agreement on 25th November, last year.

Formulated within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris agreement seeks to mitigate and adapt to greenhouse gas emissions. Negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of Parties of UNFCCC, the agreement was adopted on 12 December.

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