The UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner, will be in the country to co-chair the 14th Round Table Meeting with the Lyonpo Dr. Tandin Dorji, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan that will take place in Thimphu from 12 to 14 March 2019.
For Bhutan, a tiny carbon-neutral country nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, climate change is not just an environmental problem but a serious challenge to sustainable development. Communities face a range of climate-related hazards: shrinking glaciers and water reservoirs; a higher incidence of diseases spread by mosquitos and floods; as well as more frequent flash floods, forest fires and landslides.
High up in the Eastern Himalayas is one of the greenest countries in the world. While many nations are struggling to reduce their carbon emissions, the Kingdom of Bhutan is already carbon negative.
The intricate linkages between Bhutan’s rich culture and natural heritage has created a vibrant tradition of sustainably using local ecosystems’ genetic resources and preserving the vast stores of traditional knowledge held by local communities.
At first glance, the Dzedokha village, located in the south-west of Bhutan might not seem to have the makings of a lucrative industry. With 2,672 residents, this mountainous village, like thousands of other communities in this largely rural kingdom, is off the beaten track; it is only accessible via a single farm road, mostly impassable during the monsoon season.
The UNDP Bhutan Country Office, in collaboration with local partners, hosted the first ever Youth Co:Lab National Dialogue. The national event was part of the broader Youth Co:Lab, the UNDP and Citi Foundation Asia-Pacific youth entrepreneurship initiative, which seeks to position young people front and center to solve the region’s most pressing challenge, and instigate, catalyze and sustain youth innovation by supporting youth-led startups and social enterprises.
The project is to facilitate low carbon transition in Bhutan's urban transport sector.

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0.8 million

Population

70.6 years

Life Expectancy at Birth

86.9%

Renewable Energy Consumption

72.3%

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