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  PRESS RELEASE: 9 December 2010, Cancun, Mexico Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho, Minister for Agriculture and Forests and, Minister-in-Charge, National Environment Commission, led the delegation from Bhutan to the "United Nations Climate Change Conference" in Cancun, Mexico, where the 16th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the 6th Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6) is taking place. On 8 December 2010, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho delivered a statement at the High Level Ministerial Segment of the Conference. During his address, Lyonpo highlighted Bhutan's vulnerability to Climate change as a Land-locked Least Developed Country (LLDC) with a fragile mountainous ecosystem. He also stressed Bhutan's has made concerted efforts towards green sustainable development and protection of its fragile environment in meeting the goals of the UNFCCC. He stressed that Bhutan would need the continued support of the international community in dealing with the adverse impacts of climate change. As Bhutan is the current chair of SAARC, Lyonpo also presented the "Common SAARC Position for COP16", as decided by the 16th SAARC Summit held in Thimphu from 28-29 April 2010. The "Common SAARC Position" was formulated by a SAARC Intergovernmental Expert Group which met from 16-17 August 2010 in Thimphu. Based on the proposal presented by Bhutan, SAARC was accepted as an observer to the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Issues of concern to Bhutan being pursued at the Cancun negotiations include LDC matters such as implementation of National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPA) for short term adaptation needs and the LDC Fund which is the mechanism supporting the GLOF Risk Reduction Project on Thorthormi Lake. In issues related to a future international climate change agreement, Bhutan joined other developing countries in calling for an Adaptation Framework which would include a wide range of activities and implementation arrangements for adapting the adverse impacts of climate change and the need to ensure the financial and technological support for such actions. Bhutan also pursued for the approval of simplified procedures for small scale CDM projects in LDCs, and the conservation of forests in the "REDD plus" mechanism. On the sidelines of the conference, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho and the Bhutanese delegation also met with ministers and heads of delegations from the SAARC countries, the ministers from the tiger range countries, ministers and representatives from Bhutan's major bilateral donors, and officials from the EU, the World Bank, GEF, and UNDP. At these informal exchanges, deliberations were made on fostering further cooperation and collaboration on climate change adaptation, tiger and habitat conservation, and regional initiatives on building climate change resilience. The delegation also hosted an informal side event with the ministers from the eastern Himalayan quadrangle (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) and ICIMOD to update them on the progress towards hosting the "Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas- Bhutan 2011" next October. Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho updated the Ministers and representatives of the four key participating countries on the process and progress leading up to the Summit. Lyonpo also further urged these countries to take concerted efforts within their respective countries in preparing for the summit. The Ministers and representatives commended this initiative taken by Bhutan and reassured their full commitment to make the summit a success. On 9 December 2010, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho was invited as a panelist at the Mountain Partnership side event on 'Regional approaches for climate change adaptation in mountain areas: sharing the experience. While sharing experiences and knowledge from the Hindu Kush Himalayas on climate change concerns and adaptation efforts, Lyonpo highlighted that "adaptation measures in the region require regional approach as climate change impacts do not have political boundaries". Earlier last week the Bhutanese delegation also made a presentation on the 'Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas – Bhutan 2011' at the ICIMOD side event captioned 'Mountains in peril'.PRESS RELEASE: 9 December 2010, Cancun, Mexico Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho, Minister for Agriculture and Forests and, Minister-in-Charge, National Environment Commission, led the delegation from Bhutan to the "United Nations Climate Change Conference" in Cancun, Mexico, where the 16th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the 6th Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6) is taking place. On 8 December 2010, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho delivered a statement at the High Level Ministerial Segment of the Conference. During his address, Lyonpo highlighted Bhutan's vulnerability to Climate change as a Land-locked Least Developed Country (LLDC) with a fragile mountainous ecosystem. He also stressed Bhutan's has made concerted efforts towards green sustainable development and protection of its fragile environment in meeting the goals of the UNFCCC. He stressed that Bhutan would need the continued support of the international community in dealing with the adverse impacts of climate change. As Bhutan is the current chair of SAARC, Lyonpo also presented the "Common SAARC Position for COP16", as decided by the 16th SAARC Summit held in Thimphu from 28-29 April 2010. The "Common SAARC Position" was formulated by a SAARC Intergovernmental Expert Group which met from 16-17 August 2010 in Thimphu. Based on the proposal presented by Bhutan, SAARC was accepted as an observer to the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Issues of concern to Bhutan being pursued at the Cancun negotiations include LDC matters such as implementation of National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPA) for short term adaptation needs and the LDC Fund which is the mechanism supporting the GLOF Risk Reduction Project on Thorthormi Lake. In issues related to a future international climate change agreement, Bhutan joined other developing countries in calling for an Adaptation Framework which would include a wide range of activities and implementation arrangements for adapting the adverse impacts of climate change and the need to ensure the financial and technological support for such actions. Bhutan also pursued for the approval of simplified procedures for small scale CDM projects in LDCs, and the conservation of forests in the "REDD plus" mechanism. On the sidelines of the conference, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho and the Bhutanese delegation also met with ministers and heads of delegations from the SAARC countries, the ministers from the tiger range countries, ministers and representatives from Bhutan's major bilateral donors, and officials from the EU, the World Bank, GEF, and UNDP. At these informal exchanges, deliberations were made on fostering further cooperation and collaboration on climate change adaptation, tiger and habitat conservation, and regional initiatives on building climate change resilience. The delegation also hosted an informal side event with the ministers from the eastern Himalayan quadrangle (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) and ICIMOD to update them on the progress towards hosting the "Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas- Bhutan 2011" next October. Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho updated the Ministers and representatives of the four key participating countries on the process and progress leading up to the Summit. Lyonpo also further urged these countries to take concerted efforts within their respective countries in preparing for the summit. The Ministers and representatives commended this initiative taken by Bhutan and reassured their full commitment to make the summit a success. On 9 December 2010, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho was invited as a panelist at the Mountain Partnership side event on 'Regional approaches for climate change adaptation in mountain areas: sharing the experience. While sharing experiences and knowledge from the Hindu Kush Himalayas on climate change concerns and adaptation efforts, Lyonpo highlighted that "adaptation measures in the region require regional approach as climate change impacts do not have political boundaries". Earlier last week the Bhutanese delegation also made a presentation on the 'Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas – Bhutan 2011' at the ICIMOD side event captioned 'Mountains in peril'.PRESS RELEASE: 9 December 2010, Cancun, Mexico Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho, Minister for Agriculture and Forests and, Minister-in-Charge, National Environment Commission, led the delegation from Bhutan to the "United Nations Climate Change Conference" in Cancun, Mexico, where the 16th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the 6th Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6) is taking place. On 8 December 2010, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho delivered a statement at the High Level Ministerial Segment of the Conference. During his address, Lyonpo highlighted Bhutan's vulnerability to Climate change as a Land-locked Least Developed Country (LLDC) with a fragile mountainous ecosystem. He also stressed Bhutan's has made concerted efforts towards green sustainable development and protection of its fragile environment in meeting the goals of the UNFCCC. He stressed that Bhutan would need the continued support of the international community in dealing with the adverse impacts of climate change. As Bhutan is the current chair of SAARC, Lyonpo also presented the "Common SAARC Position for COP16", as decided by the 16th SAARC Summit held in Thimphu from 28-29 April 2010. The "Common SAARC Position" was formulated by a SAARC Intergovernmental Expert Group which met from 16-17 August 2010 in Thimphu. Based on the proposal presented by Bhutan, SAARC was accepted as an observer to the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Issues of concern to Bhutan being pursued at the Cancun negotiations include LDC matters such as implementation of National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPA) for short term adaptation needs and the LDC Fund which is the mechanism supporting the GLOF Risk Reduction Project on Thorthormi Lake. In issues related to a future international climate change agreement, Bhutan joined other developing countries in calling for an Adaptation Framework which would include a wide range of activities and implementation arrangements for adapting the adverse impacts of climate change and the need to ensure the financial and technological support for such actions. Bhutan also pursued for the approval of simplified procedures for small scale CDM projects in LDCs, and the conservation of forests in the "REDD plus" mechanism. On the sidelines of the conference, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho and the Bhutanese delegation also met with ministers and heads of delegations from the SAARC countries, the ministers from the tiger range countries, ministers and representatives from Bhutan's major bilateral donors, and officials from the EU, the World Bank, GEF, and UNDP. At these informal exchanges, deliberations were made on fostering further cooperation and collaboration on climate change adaptation, tiger and habitat conservation, and regional initiatives on building climate change resilience. The delegation also hosted an informal side event with the ministers from the eastern Himalayan quadrangle (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) and ICIMOD to update them on the progress towards hosting the "Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas- Bhutan 2011" next October. Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho updated the Ministers and representatives of the four key participating countries on the process and progress leading up to the Summit. Lyonpo also further urged these countries to take concerted efforts within their respective countries in preparing for the summit. The Ministers and representatives commended this initiative taken by Bhutan and reassured their full commitment to make the summit a success. On 9 December 2010, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho was invited as a panelist at the Mountain Partnership side event on 'Regional approaches for climate change adaptation in mountain areas: sharing the experience. While sharing experiences and knowledge from the Hindu Kush Himalayas on climate change concerns and adaptation efforts, Lyonpo highlighted that "adaptation measures in the region require regional approach as climate change impacts do not have political boundaries". Earlier last week the Bhutanese delegation also made a presentation on the 'Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas – Bhutan 2011' at the ICIMOD side event captioned 'Mountains in peril'.

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