The UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, UK is happening from 31 October to 12 November 2021against the backdrop of the latest IPCC Report which showed that unless there are sustained and large-scale reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5 degree Celsius will be impossible to reach.
Under our current path temperatures could rise to 2.7C, with devastating results.
The Bhutanese delegation to COP26 is led by Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor.
Speaking at the opening of the High Level Segment of the conference on 9th November 2021, Lyonpo highlighted that under the strong environmental stewardship of the Monarchs, Bhutan continues to lead the way towards sustainable development and a low emission climate resilient development pathway.
Lyonpo emphasised on the urgent need for COP to deliver ambitious, concrete and enhanced climate actions and called upon countries to scale up finance for adaptation, loss and damage, technology transfer and capacity building to enable vulnerable countries cope with climate induced challenges.
Lyonpo also underscored the need to make finance easily accessible with lesser procedural challenges.
As the Chair of 46 member countries of LDC Group for Climate Change, Bhutan called upon Parties to reaffirm their commitment to the 1.5°C temperature goal and to the Paris Agreement by operationalizing all aspects of the Paris Agreement Rulebook.
Towards the end of COP26 Bhutan will hand over its responsibility as chair of the LDC Group to Senegal.