His Excellency (Dr.) Tandi Dorji, Hon’ble Minister for Foreign Affairs, led a seven-member delegation to New York to attend the High-level Week of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly from 17th – 28th September 2022. Bhutan’s delegation was supplemented by the Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the UN, and officers of the Permanent Mission. The session marked the first time in three years since the start of the pandemic that High-level Week was conducted entirely in person.
Apart from the General Debate address, Hon’ble Lyonpo participated in mandated meetings of the General Assembly, a series of intergovernmental parallel meetings, high level side events, and several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly. Lyonpo met with the UN Secretary General H.E. Mr. António Guterres on 26th September 2022. He also conducted meetings with other senior members of the UN’s leadership. Lyonpo attended a number of social engagements, international media interviews, and met with Bhutanese nationals working in the UN System, and members of the Bhutanese community both in New York and Washington DC.
On these occasions, key themes addressed included Bhutan’s commitment to multilateralism, contributions to the maintenance of international peace and security through peacekeeping, combating climate change, fragility of the mountain ecosystem, and affirmation of Bhutan’s LDC graduation time frame. Lyonpo highlighted the transformative developments underway in Bhutan. Focus accorded to the launch of a revamped tourism policy during the visit amplified the national reopening to tourism on 23 September 2022.
New York, 29 September 2022