UNBhutan4COVID-19

Regarding COVID-19 responses, the UN Country Team(UNCT) on the ground has already been actively supporting the Royal Government of Bhutan. The UNCT made a modest contribution of USD 50,000 towards meeting the immediate needs of the quarantine facilities across the country.  In addition, UN agencies, through their agency emergency funds, mobilized a total of USD 1,134,500 (approximately Nu. 80 million). Furthermore, the staff representatives from UN Staff Association of Bhutan (UNSAB), UNICEF Thimphu Staff Association (UTSA), WHO and World Bank handed over a cheque of Nu. 598,961 to the Prime Minister. This is a voluntary contribution from the UN staff and the amount will go to PM’s Relief Fund.

 

With National Statistics Bureau (NSB) in close collaboration with the Gross National Happiness Commission, labour ministry, and Tourism Council of Bhutan, the UNCT will work on real time tracking of the Social and Economic Impacts resulting from COVID-19 particularly on vulnerable groups.

 

Resource mobilization for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

UN Bhutan mobilized total USD 9,310,741 to directly respond to the Royal Government of Bhutan’s priorities under the COVID-19 Response and Recovery.

  1. The donor countries for the Secretary-General’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund are the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, Iceland, and Slovakia.
  2. There are 12 donors for the Joint SDG Fund, including Denmark, EU, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg. Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

 

UN Bhutan COVID-19 Situation Report 

  1. UN Bhutan COVID-19 Sit-Rep #1 – 19 May 2020
  2. UN Bhutan COVID-19 sitrep #2 – 26 June 2020

 

 

Please see the links below for more information.

UN Family ‘stepping up’ for COVID in Bhutan

UN Staff Associations contribute to PM’s Relief Fund

Bhutanese UN Family serving international contributed Nu. 4.617M for COVID-19 response

 

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