UN Supports A ‘Just, Harmonious And Sustainable’ Bhutan – Where No One Will Be Left Behind

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“When countries are able to support equality of different people, we know that those countries are more stable in the long term.”

(Source: Facebook/UN Bhutan)

 

By Phurpa Lhamo Kuensel

Over the next five years, the United Nations Sustainable Development Programme Framework (UNSDPF) has a few targets for Bhutan to meet:

 

  1. Improving data accessibility and reliability,
  2. improving social services for the vulnerable groups,
  3. an inclusive governance,
  4. and climate change and disaster risk reduction

 

The UN aims to mobilise and invest an estimated USD 120.9 million on these areas, a marked increase from USD 80M for the year 2014-2018.

The framework was launched on 29 January in Thimphu and is aligned with the Bhutanese government’s target of narrowing the income gap.

The UN will support the country for a ‘just, harmonious and sustainable’ Bhutan, where no one will be left behind.

Key focus is on the ‘vulnerable group’ of Bhutan

Bhutan's Resident Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Gerald Daly said that the 'vulnerable group' is at the heart of Bhutan’s sustainable development goals and National Key Result areas.

 

 

His Majesty seen with a 101-year-old man at Trong village. 

 Photo: Facebook/His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

 

“When countries are able to support equality of different people, we know that those countries are more stable in the long term.”

The 14 socio-economically vulnerable groups identified are:

  1. children in conflict with the law,
  2. elderly in need of support,
  3. female workers working at Drayangs (colloquially known as ‘entertainment rooms’ in Bhutan),
  4. persons practicing risky sexual behavior,
  5. persons using drugs and alcohol,
  6. persons with disabilities,
  7. orphans,
  8. out of school children,
  9. people living with HIV,
  10. single parents and their children,
  11. people who beg,
  12. vulnerable urban dwellers,
  13. unemployed youth,
  14. and victims of domestic violence.

 

Preparing for Bhutan to graduate from its least developed country (LDC) status

The UN’s focus on this ‘vulnerable group’ will also help Bhutan prepare for its graduation to a middle-income country from its least developed country (LDC) status.

 

People of Bhutan

Photo: Bhutan Highlights

 

Of the four targeted outcomes from the UNSDPF for Bhutan from 2019-2023, the enhanced access to and use of reliable and timely data for inclusive and evidence-based policies and decision-making are the main outcomes projected.

A National Statistics Bureau (NSB) official said that a robust information system was necessary for the bureau to function.

The outcome is allocated USD 5.26M of the total fund, for which the NSB has been identified as the chair of the implementing agencies.

Another USD 34.82M will be allocated for the improvement of social services for the vulnerable groups while USD 71.02M will be used for climate change and disaster risk reduction. The remaining USD 9.78M will be channelled to ‘good governance’ in Bhutan.

 

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

 


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