Bhutan first pledged to
always remain carbon
neutral

at the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of the Parties (COP15) in 2009. The country reiterated this commitment in its first as well as second Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

at the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of the Parties (COP15) in 2009. The country reiterated this commitment in its first as well as second Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).


Recent studies suggest that Bhutan risk losing its carbon neutral status by 2030 if drastic measures are not taken to slash growing emissions. In line with this, the country’s Second NDC submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2021, sets clear carbon reduction targets in the priority sectors of transport, industry, agriculture, human settlement, forest management and energy

As Bhutan intensifies efforts to adapt to and build resilience to the impact of climate change, including voices of all Bhutanese in climate policy development and decision making is critical. Inclusive decision making where diverse views and voices are heard will help Bhutan to address climate change better through breakthrough solutions.

Around the globe, there has been a resurgence of interest in citizen assemblies, deliberative polls, and other methodologies that bring groups of people together to discuss complex policy ideas.

The recent COP26 provides a unique backdrop for UNDP to engage citizens of diverse groups all over Bhutan through the ‘Youth Conversations’ Platform. Youth Conversations will allow us to run large-scale (potentially in millions) online conversations to crowdsource ideas to tackle different challenges facing Bhutan.

We will bring together a range of different methods to support everyone who wants to be involved. Where the problem is rooted in differences of opinion, we will use deliberative techniques to build on the things that youth agree on. Where key voices have been excluded, we will make sure everyone is equally involved in finding answers.