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.

 

 

Reprogramming of UN Annual Work Plan for 2020

 

The UN Country team shared it 1st round of reprogramming within the UN AWP 2020 with the RGOB on April 16, 2020. This first round of reprogramming saw reallocation of grant funding under all the outcome groups mostly within the regular resources of the respective agencies. Considering the nature of COVID19 outbreak the UN has also chosen to emphasis our first round of reprogramming towards health and education contingency planning and also towards continuity of services within the social sector.

(Updated re-programmed figures as of May 18, 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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