The Bhutan Story – A Glimpse Of Hope At The 74th UN General Assembly In New York

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The ‘Bhutan Story’ was received by world leaders in an atmosphere of solemn contemplation, as a story of hope.

(Source: BBS)

 

By Staff Reporter Kuensel

Early this week, in the lead up to the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Bhutan urged the members of the world body to lend their ears to some encouraging stories from the Himalayan kingdom, amidst far too many pictures of ‘doom and gloom’.

The world economic forum’s sustainable development impact and climate action summits were an opportunity for Bhutan to remind the countries around the world that with political will and concerted efforts, achieving sustainable development goals is within the reach of every nation.

For Bhutan, coming to grief is not an option. Failure cannot be seen even as a remote possibility. This tiny Himalayan Kingdom has already integrated all the relevant - 16 of the 17 sustainable development goals into its 12th Five Year Plan.

On top of that, more than ever, relevant stakeholders such as the private sector and civil society organisations are getting involved to make sure that no one is left behind.

About the ‘Bhutan Story’

The progress so far, all in all, has been encouraging. The ‘Bhutan Story’ was received by the world leaders in an atmosphere of solemn contemplation, as a story of hope at a time when the world is gripped by a general feeling of ‘pessimism and despondency’.

The world today is challenged by war and deadly conflicts, climate crisis and widespread gender-based violence and inequality. 

It is in this backdrop that the UN Chief, António Guterres announced the coming to life of the 2030 agenda and warned the nations that the world may be set to miss the deadline.

 

Source: Youtube/United Nations

Globally, going by the current pace of development, there could be almost 500 million people living in extreme poverty by the end of the target year 2030. The call to step up efforts could not be louder and more urgent.

While the temptation to give ourselves a pat on the back may be irresistible, this could be the most opportune time for us to look inside and lay the challenges to heart.

It has not been easy for Bhutan to get to where it is today and the nation is also deeply aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

Bhutan’s governance guided by the tenets of Gross National Happiness

Bhutan’s Five Year Plans, which are guided by the tenets of Gross National Happiness, have long laid importance on and prioritised the United Nations’ 2015-2030 agenda.

 

Source: Youtube/Drew Binsky

However, they, in and by themselves, will not be able to solve the problems facing the world today or prepare us for a future that will bring even more complex challenges at our doors.

Bhutan may well be on track to achieving the Global Agenda 2015-2030, but complacency remains its greatest challenge.

Because Bhutan stands a good chance to succeed, the nation must make every effort to fight shy of coming to a pretty pass.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


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