As the curtains draw on COP28 in UAE, Bhutan stands not just as a spectator but also as an active architect of change on the global climate stage.

In a significant stride, Bhutan proudly submitted its first National Adaptation Plan, a testament to the country’s proactive approach to addressing the impacts of climate change. The Adaptation Communication and elaborated Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) further underscore Bhutan’s dedication to crafting a sustainable future.

One of the most noteworthy unveilings during COP28 was Bhutan’s launch of the National Carbon Registry and the Bhutan Climate Fund. These groundbreaking initiatives not only symbolise Bhutan’s earnestness in combating climate change but also mark its strategic entry into the carbon market. In a world grappling with the repercussions of carbon emissions, Bhutan’s foray into this market provides hope and a model for others to emulate.

The National Carbon Registry, with its meticulous tracking of carbon credits, and the Bhutan Climate Fund, dedicated to financing climate-resilient projects, exemplify Bhutan’s holistic approach. It is not just about reducing emissions; it’s about creating a sustainable ecosystem where mitigation and adaptation go hand in hand.

In our pursuit of environmental stewardship, Bhutan doesn’t just stop at national initiatives. The call issued to world leaders, investors, governments, multinational donors, international NGOs, and private sectors resonates with urgency. Bhutan’s demand for reinforced climate finance commitments, including the crucial USD 100 billion commitment by 2025, echoes the collective plea of nations vulnerable to the changing climate.

Bhutan’s appeal is not just a call for monetary support; it’s a call for solidarity, understanding, and shared responsibility. The impacts of climate change are indiscriminate, affecting nations big and small. Bhutan, nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, recognises the interconnectedness of our planet and the shared destiny we all face.

As we navigate through the complex web of global challenges, Bhutan’s approach is not just pragmatic; it’s deeply rooted in the ethos of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Beyond economic metrics, GNH places paramount importance on spiritual, cultural, and environmental well-being.

In a world often dominated by geopolitical tensions, Bhutan’s gentle yet firm stance is a reminder that the fight against climate change transcends borders. It’s a battle that requires collaboration, empathy, and a shared vision for a sustainable future. Bhutan’s commitment is not just a diplomatic gesture; it’s a manifestation of the nation’s unwavering dedication to preserving the delicate balance between nature and humanity.

It is, therefore, imperative for the global community to respond with concrete actions. The commitments made within the hallowed halls of COP28 must translate into tangible projects, funding, and a united front against climate change.

In the grand tapestry of global efforts to combat climate change, Bhutan has woven a vibrant thread of hope. It’s now our collective responsibility to ensure that this thread continues to strengthen, creating a resilient fabric that withstands the challenges of a changing climate.