As the world gears up for COP 28 in Dubai this November, Bhutan is set to present its remarkable journey towards sustaining carbon neutrality at the Bhutan Pavilion. Bhutan’s story is expected to be a powerful lesson in how to combat climate change with unwavering commitment and innovative solutions.

Bhutan Pavilion at COP 28 holds will be a platform for Bhutan to share its climate priorities, adaptation and mitigation strategies, and, more importantly, its vision for a sustainable and green future. But Bhutan’s story must go beyond the boundaries of the Pavilion; it will hopefully resonate as a global model for tackling climate change because it is a story the world must not only hear but also act upon urgently.

Bhutan’s journey to carbon neutrality is a testament to the power of political will and environmental consciousness. Amid the world’s climate crisis, we are that rare nation that has not just taken baby steps, but giant leaps in the right direction. Bhutan declared its commitment to carbon neutrality back in 2009, a goal many larger nations are still grappling with today. Our achievement in maintaining and even improving the country’s carbon neutrality status deserves a standing ovation from the global community.

At the heart of Bhutan’s climate success story lies its steadfast dedication to Gross National Happiness, an innovative development paradigm that prioritises well-being and happiness over the conventional pursuit of material wealth. So, Bhutan’s story at COP 28 should highlight that addressing climate change is not just an obligation but also an opportunity to build a more equitable and harmonious world.

Our unique geography and natural resources play a significant role in our carbon neutrality journey. We are blessed with abundant hydropower resources, which we harness efficiently, producing clean and renewable energy. Our commitment to green energy and its role as a net carbon sink are examples for the world. The concept of “high value, low volume” tourism, which promotes sustainable tourism practices, shows how mindful planning and regulation can protect pristine environments while still welcoming travellers.

Bhutan Pavilion at COP 28, thus, should be more than just a symbolic representation of our commitment or showcasing achievements. It should invite the world to participate in Bhutan’s journey and explore opportunities for green financing and sustainable investments.

The urgency of climate action cannot be overstated. The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are pivotal in forging international cooperation in the fight against climate change. The world must listen to Bhutan’s story at COP 28 and act with the same dedication and urgency. It’s not just Bhutan’s responsibility but also a collective duty to safeguard our planet.

Bhutan’s message is clear: carbon neutrality is attainable, and climate action is not a burden but an opportunity for a brighter, sustainable, and happier future.