Bhutan committed to ensure sustainable management of land resources and called upon all international partners to adequately support the country’s efforts during the ministerial round-table discussions of the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Yeshey Penjor led a delegation to the high-level segment of the UNCCD COP14, which was held from September 9 to 10 in India. “Bhutan is committed to remain carbon neutral and emphasizes on the critical requirement to transition to a clean energy economy,” he said.
The UNCCD COP14 was hosted by the India and was attended by about 8,000 delegates including 93 ministers from 196 countries; Intergovernmental organizations; Special and UN Agencies; Civil Society organizations; and media personnel.
The event was organised to identify viable solutions to the growing challenges of desertification, land degradation, and drought.
The UNCCD was adopted in Paris in 1994 to be a legally binding document for fighting desertification through sustainable land management and has been ratified by 196 countries and the European Union (EU).
Meanwhile, Lyonpo represented the Prime Minister at the event on “The Mainstreaming of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in the Himalaya Region. Policy Context in Bhutan, India, and Nepal” on September 6. The press release states that Lyonpo delivered on Bhutan’s experience in promoting organic agriculture and highlighted the successful organic agriculture initiatives in Bhutan.
Besides, the minister held several bilateral meetings with the officials from India. “The minister of Forest Service of the Republic of Korea, Jachyum Kim also met with Lyonpo and expressed interest to learn more about Bhutan’s success story in its forests and environment conservation,” a press release stated.