Chhimi Dema

Officials from the government, civil society organisations, research and academic institutions, development partners, private and corporate sectors are meeting to discuss environmental issues in the renewable natural resources, energy, industry, and waste sectors.

Called the national stakeholder consultation for Stockholm+50 environment meeting, it marks the start of consultations leading up to the international meeting in Sweden on June 2 and 3.

The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) is leading the discussion in collaboration with the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The consultations will inform Bhutan’s National Report for Stockholm+50 environmental meeting.

The UN General Assembly, through its resolution on May 24, 2021, decided to convene the international meeting entitled “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”.

Speaking at the virtual launch yesterday, NECS’ secretary, Sonam P. Wangdi, said that NECS as the custodian of Bhutan’s environmental legislation and multilateral environmental agreements with the core environmental mandates, remains committed to the principles and objectives of Stockholm+50.

He said that our actions today will go a long way in securing a green and sustainable future for generations to come. “We remain ready to lead, contribute and partner with our stakeholders in this endeavour.”

The discussion at Stockholm+50 will be held around the leadership dialogues: reflecting on the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity for all, and achieve a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

It will also discuss accelerating the implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported the consultation meeting.

A joint press release from UNDP, NECS and GHNC stated that the launch was aimed at sensitising the government, non-government organisations, private sector and on the significance of the Stockholm+50 meeting.