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1.    The XVIth SAARC Summit (28-29th April 2010) will be attended by the Heads of State and Government of all 8 Member States of the Association.  The Summit will also be attended by High Level dignitaries representing 9 Observer States.

2.    The Heads of State and Government will consider and take decisions on a number of important issues of great regional significance during the Summit:

  • The XVIth SAARC Summit coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the Association’s founding, which will provide an appropriate occasion to reflect on the Association’s achievements, and to chart a course for the future;
  • Bhutan’s proposal to adopt Climate Change as the theme for the XVIth SAARC Summit has been welcomed by all Member States.  Bhutan will propose a Ministerial Statement to serve as a roadmap for the region’s collective response to addressing this global phenomenon;
  • The Summit Declaration, the principal outcome of the Summit, will provide crucial policy directives from the Leaders of Member States for the future direction of the Association;
  • Important agreements in the field of environment and trade will also be before Leaders;
  • The Permanent Secretariat of the SAARC Development Fund in Bhutan will be inaugurated at the opening of the Summit;
  • As these and other important matters are discussed, the principals of Bhutan’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness will be submitted as a possible development model for the region. 

3.    The SAARC Summit is the highest authority of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  Bhutan will host, for the first time since its establishment, the XVIth SAARC Summit in Thimphu from 28-29th April 2010.  The Summit will be preceded by a series of related meetings.  The 32nd Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers at Foreign Minister’s level will be held on 27th April, the 37th Session of the Standing Committee at Foreign Secretaries level will be convened from 25th to 26th April, and the 38th Session of the Programming committee at the Senior Officials level will meet on 24th April 2010. 

THIMPHU, 19th APRIL 2010

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