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Engaging effectively in climate diplomacy: policy pointers from Bhutan

Doma Tshering, Brianna Craft

Book/Report, 4 pages

Driven by its development philosophy, Gross National Happiness, Bhutan has achieved carbon neutrality. Internationally recognised as a model for climate action, this small Least Developed Country is able to approach climate diplomacy from a position of moral authority. This briefing explores the main factors that have shaped Bhutan’s climate diplomacy, including how the country has leveraged its comparative strengths across multiple sectors to approach diplomatic engagement in its variety of forms and ensured coordination between its national and sectoral bodies. As the world takes forward various landmark international frameworks agreed in 2015, Bhutan’s effective climate diplomacy will place it in the best possible position to influence their implementation. It can also provide a guide for other countries — particularly small states — that seek to further the reach of their climate diplomacy.

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Reaching equitable outcomes for the most vulnerable countries and communities through global policymaking processes involves more than attending formal negotiating sessions. IIED’s work on climate diplomacy supports climate diplomats from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to better advocate for the most vulnerable.

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