The Chief Advisor of the Interim Govenment, Thrimchi Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk and representatives from the government after signing the Book of Condolences for the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, with the Resident Coordinator of United Nations in Bhutan and members of the UNCT. The Book of Condolences was signed at the UN House in Thimphu and is open till Friday, August 24, 2018. Kofi Annan passed away on August 18.
The Resident Coordinator of United Nations in Bhutan with the Chief Advisor of the Interim Government, Thrimchi Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, representatives from the government agencies, Zhung Dratshang (Central Monastic Body) and UN agencies in Bhutan.
The United Nations in Bhutan would like to thank the Royal Government of Bhutan for initiating the lighting of a thousand butter-lamps at the Tashichho Dzong today. The Resident Coordinator of United Nations in Bhutan lighting the butter-lamps with the Chief Advisor of the Interim Government, Thrimchi Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, representatives from the government agencies and UN agencies in Bhutan.
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’s MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (9 August 2018)
Indigenous peoples have a profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources. Yet, increasingly, indigenous persons are migrating within their countries and across international borders. The reasons are complex and varied. Some are subject to displacement or relocation without their free, prior and informed consent. Others are escaping violence and conflict or the ravages of climate change and environmental degradation. Many migrate in search of better prospects and employment for themselves and their families.
Migration is an opportunity, but it also carries inherent risks. Many indigenous migrants find themselves living in unsafe and insanitary conditions in urban areas. Indigenous women and girls experience disproportionately high rates of trafficking and other forms of violence. Indigenous youth are faced with complex questions regarding their identity and values.
In some countries, indigenous peoples’ territories are divided by international borders. Cooperation across these borders is important to safeguard their identity, occupations and traditional practices.
Later this year, Member States are expected to adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This will establish an international framework for regional and global cooperation. It will provide a platform to maximize the benefits of migration and support vulnerable migrant groups, including indigenous peoples. It is essential that the rights and identities of indigenous peoples are protected.
On this annual observance, let us commit to fully realizing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the rights to self-determination and to traditional lands, territories and resources. And, wherever they live, let us ensure that indigenous peoples enjoy recognition for their contributions and the opportunity to thrive and prosper in peace on a healthy planet.
Every year, millions of children, women and men fall into the hands of traffickers, lured by fake promises and deceit. Human trafficking has become a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise, affecting nearly every country in the world. #EndHumanTrafficking #HumanTrafficking
The United Nations, led by the World Food Programme in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, organized a three-day Earthquake Preparedness Simulation in Thimphu. The main purpose of the simulation was to stress-test the current set-up of practical procedures for responding to a disaster between the key decision makers within the RGoB and key stakeholders. The Earthquake preparedness simulation was attended by representatives from His Majesty’s Secretariat, government ministries, Dzongdhags, armed forces, police, fire brigade corporations, Civil Society, Development Partners and the United Nations.
The United Nations Bhutan in collaboration with the Civil Society Organization Authority and the Australian Himalayan Foundation is organizing a CSO Capacity Development Training from May 28 to May 30, 2018 at the UN House. During the course of the training, participants will focus on the following:
The participants for the training will comprise of executives from various CSOs, business start-up individuals and individuals working in the field of development.
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The UN Resident Coordinator in Bhutan, Gerald Daly, met with the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem at the Data Literary Workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand from May 23-25. Also seen in the photograph is National Programme Officer of UNFPA in Bhutan, Dechen Chime, National Coordinator of UN Women in Bhutan, Rinzi Pem, and the Chief of Staff of UNFPA, Pio Smith.
Dr. Natalia Kanem said “The average child is also left behind… the middle of the bell curve. Don’t leave the average child behind…” at the workshop.