United Nations Annual Results Report Highlighted Contributions Towards Bhutan’s Development In 2018
The report also highlighted the work of the Non-resident UN Agencies which are an integral part of the UN’s work in Bhutan.
By Staff Reporter | Business Bhutan
The United Nations in Bhutan launched its Annual Results Report 2018 at the UN House in Kawajangsa, Thimphu on 29 July 2019.
The report reflected on the strong collaboration and partnerships between the UN agencies, the Royal Government of Bhutan, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), academia, the private sector, various development partners and the people of Bhutan.
It also documented how the UN has mobilised and disbursed USD15.1 million to support Bhutan’s national development priorities through the ‘Delivering As One approach’ in 2018.
According to the press release from the UN in Bhutan, inclusive and evidence-based programming was at the heart of UN assisted interventions in 2018.
Various UN policies implemented in 2018
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“The UN’s technical support in strong partnership with the government and development partners resulted in the formulation and implementation of relevant polices to address the country’s emerging priorities related to climate change, disaster risk management and renewable energy. It also further strengthen the UN’s work in the education, health and Sustainable Development Goals data sectors. The UN’s programme interventions were more targeted to ensure that ‘No One is Left Behind’,” states the press release.
It also maintained that the UN has played a lead role in convening and utilising multi-stakeholder partnerships for delivering sustainable development results.
Several forums have been initiated to provide a platform for stakeholders to share their knowledge, experiences, ideas and partners of common interest.
The UN also supports the capacity of Civil Society Organizations by strengthening their resource mobilisation capacity. It also helps to establish networking and partnering opportunities amongst the various Bhutanese Civil Society Organizations.
Highlighting the contributions of the Non-resident UN Agencies in Bhutan
The report also highlighted the work of the Non-resident UN Agencies (NRA) which are an integral part of the UN’s work in Bhutan.
Two young Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ambassadors - Ashika Rai with SDG 2#ZeroHunger and Namrata Limbu with SDG 4#QualityEducation. The four-year olds are from Dzedokha village in Lokchina Gewog, Phuentsholing, Bhutan.
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In the UN’s Development Assistance Framework’s One Programme cycle (2014 to 2018), 18 NRAs have contributed substantially to the UN’S objectives, the results as reflected in the different chapters of the report.
According to the UN in Bhutan, the engagement of the UN Funds, programmes and specialised agencies through a common UN framework provided a platform for the different UN agencies and their partners to work together in support of national priorities and needs.
As an enabler and facilitator for testing smarter and more innovative programmes, the UN places emphasis on programmes that are innovative with high investment returns.
‘Investment Case for Development’ practices will be a key driver to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Addressing issues of Gender-Based Violence in Bhutan
Koh Miyaio, UNPD's Gender Advisor from the Asia Pacific office in Bangkok, was in Thimphu this year to train facilitators for a UNDP supported pilot project that seeks to address Gender-Based Violence.
Koh Miyaio, UNPD's Gender Advisor (Asia Pacific office in Bangkok)
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"We hope this project will contribute towards enabling people to understand what it means to have violence-free families and communities, and what role they can play in creating safe, happy and equtaible families," Koh said.
Eliminating Gender Based Violence is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In Bhutan, a recent survey by the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) conducted with support from the UNDP and its partners revealed that more than two in every five women and girls above 15 have experienced partner violence at least once in their lifetime.
The pilot project, the first of its kind, aims to address social norms that underpin Gender Based Violence.
It is being implemented by the NCWC in partnership with RENEW, RBP and Thimphu Thromde. The project is supported by the UNDP.
The seeds for such initiatives are evident through the UN’s programmes on Gender Based Violence, Gender Equality as well as Early Childhood Care and Development.
On the environmental front, necessary measures have also been implemented and are underway to ensure that Bhutan remains carbon neutral at all times.
This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.