The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.
On September 21, 1971, the Royal Government of Bhutan became the 128th member of the United Nations. The Office of the United Nations in Bhutan was established in early 1974. Since then, the country has been home to many UN agencies, funds and programmes that together support the Government in delivering national development needs and improving the socio-economic conditions of the people of Bhutan.
In 2021, the UN in Bhutan will turn 50 years in Bhutan.
In 2008, Bhutan adopted the ‘Delivering as One’ approach to overcome systemic fragmentation within the UN and focus better on collective performance, efficiency, accountability and results. The change helped secure and strengthen the UN’s role at the heart of the multilateral system. Since then, the UN in Bhutan has been delivering collaborative results through specialized resident UN agencies including: Bhutan United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) One Programme.
In Bhutan, as in other countries in the world, our work is guided by the UNDAF One Programme 2013 – 2018, the strategic programme framework that outlines collective response of the UN system to national development priorities.
“The goal of reform is a 21st-century United Nations focused more on people and less on process, more on delivery and less on bureaucracy. The true test of reform will be measured in tangible results in the lives of the people we serve – and the trust of those who support our work.”– UN Secretary General António Guterres.
To improve the delivery of our mandate, the United Nations is making sweeping changes with the UN Reform in the following areas:
Development: The 2030 Agenda will require bold changes to the UN development system for the emergence of a new generation of country teams, centered on a strategic UN Development Assistance Framework and led by an impartial, independent and empowered resident coordinator.
Management: A new management paradigm for the Secretariat and a United Nations that empowers managers and staff, simplifies processes, increases transparency and improves on the delivery of our mandates.
Peace and Security.: The overarching goals of the reform are to prioritize prevention and sustaining peace; enhance the effectiveness and coherence of peacekeeping operations and special political missions and move towards a single, integrated peace and security pillar.
The UN Country Team comprises of eight resident UN agencies and 14 non-resident UN agencies, which is led by the UN Resident Coordinator. The Resident Coordinator, the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Government, leads the UN Country Team in advocating the mandate of the United Nations, while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.
The ideas emerging from a significant change in thinking about development has led to the concept of sustainable development which is also the focus of the UN Bhutan’s work with the Government and the people in Bhutan. UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere developed a scientific network of local sites that are experimenting with sustainable development at […]Read More
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bhutan, Mr. Gerald Daly, presented his credentials to the Honorable Prime Minister, Lyonchen Dr. Lotay Tshering today. This follows the de-linking of the RC System from the UNDP on 01 January 2019, as a result of the UN Secretary-General’s Reform of the UN Development System. The RC system brings […]Read More
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