Bhutan promises to accelerate implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda gender equality goal

Pledging its full commitment to the accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gender equality goal, Bhutan steps it up. It will continue backing initiatives to increase women’s representation in governance and decision-making at all levels, including through nationwide consultations on measures to encourage participation. The country commits to stronger programmes for economic empowerment to address women’s persistent poverty and remove economic inequalities. Enhanced investment will go towards equal access to education and training, and health care. Bhutan promises full support to organizations combating violence against women and girls, as well as programmes and policies bolstering women’s roles in managing natural resources and the environment. Speaking at the Global Leaders' Meeting on 27 September 2015, Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said: “The international community has a unique opportunity to ensure that … gender issues remain at the forefront of sustainable development.” [Speech]