Welcome to the Thimphu Ambition Summit

Replay Thimphu Ambition Summit

Wednesday 9 December 2020

12:00 - 14:00 GMT

Under the leadership of the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group in the UNFCCC is hosting the Thimphu Ambition Summit: Momentum for a 1.5°C world, to encourage global climate action at a time when it is most needed.

While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us meeting in person for COP26 this year, the LDCs remain united in the fight for climate action. The Thimphu Ambition Summit provides an opportunity to convene and discuss critical issues around ambition, climate finance and the green economic recovery.

The Summit will showcase LDC leadership on climate action; make a clear call for countries to submit updated national climate plans by the end of the year that are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement; demonstrate the need for the international community to scale up finance in support of vulnerable countries’ efforts to address climate change; and identify COVID recovery options aligned with inclusive and green economic development pathways.

Replay Thimphu Ambition Summit

There is an existential need for faster, deeper emissions reductions at scale, for building the capacity of countries to adapt to climate impacts and increase resilience against climate shocks, and for the mobilisation of significantly scaled up finance to support developing countries to address climate change. Among the most vulnerable to climate change, hit hardest by its impacts and the added challenges it brings to sustainable development efforts, the 47 Least Developed Countries recognise the importance of urgent, scaled up climate action all too well.

It is in this context that - even in the midst of a global health pandemic that has paused many things but has not slowed climate change - the Least Developed Countries Group is convening a high-level virtual event to build global political momentum on climate action.


Here is our agenda for today's event:


Session Chair:

  • H.E Mr. Sonam P. Wangdi, LDC Group Chair

High Level Opening remarks from:

  • H.E. Dr Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan
  • H.E. Andrés Landerretche, Special Envoy COP25 Presidency
  • H.E. Alok Sharma, COP26 President
  • H.E. António Guterres, UN Secretary General
  • H.E. Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

Keynote address from:

  • H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Navin Singh Khadka, BBC Multilingual Environment Correspondent, BBC World Service, between:

  • H.E. Prof. Fekadu Beyene Aleka, Commissioner for the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission, Ethiopia
  • Ms. Thinley Choden, Founding Curator and Climate Reality Leader, Global Shapers Thimphu Hub, Bhutan
  • H.E. Ugo Astuto, EU Ambassador to Bhutan
  • H.E. Yannic Glemarec, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
  • H.E. Minister Orlando Habet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Government of Belize, Chair of AOSIS

Closing session:

  • H.E. Dr.Tandi Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan