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Demonstrate greater sense of responsibility: PM

Oct 28, 2010

The Prime Minister, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley, delivered the keynote address at the opening of the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on disaster-risk-reduction in South Korea on Tuesday.

Addressing the conference, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley urged the gathering to try and demonstrate a greater sense of responsibility and solidarity towards reducing the risks of climate change induced disasters in the region.

Lyonchhoen said that the failure of COP15 speaks of our obstinacy against moving away from the delusion that the rich, the not so rich and the poor can live apart in this village that we call earth.

He said COP15 showed little evidence of a civilised community as we mocked each other in a blame game and haggled over who should pay and how the invisible money should be divided.

The Prime Minister also expressed that the increase in frequency and magnitude of disasters are the signs of a planet reeling under the pain of human abuse.

Unless human society changes its way of life to one that is responsible and sustainable, Lyonchhoen said the diminishing capacity of nature to support life will lead to the demise of the human race with all other life forms.

The Prime Minister met with his Korean counterpart who attended the opening of the conference.

A news release from the Prime Minister’s office said they had a fruitful exchange of views on various issues. He also met with other ministers from the Asia Pacific region who had come to Incheon to attend the Conference. The Home and cultural affairs minister, Lyonpo Minjur Dorji, is representing Bhutan at the Conference.

The Prime Minister and the Bhutanese delegation also met with 18 Bhutanese pursuing undergraduate, masters, fellowship and vocational programme in Seoul.

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