The political and legislative representation of women in Bhutan marked yet another milestone with the launch of the Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus which is a multi-stakeholder, multi-party, non-partisan and inclusive platform to unite and strengthen the voice and visibility of women advocates for gender equality in all spheres of development policies and laws. This is the first ever joint initiative for gender equality by BNEW and NCWC.
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The UN family led by the Resident Coordinator joined the Minister for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan,representatives from the government and international organizations, Tourism Council of Bhutan and students to observe the “Zero Waste Hour” by cleaning the area around the Changjiji Bazam and Changzamtog area today afternoon.
The “Zero Waste Hour” was launched by Her Majesty, the Gyaltsuen, on 2 June as an initiative to instill behavior change towards proper waste management and practice sustainable consumption lifestyle leading towards safe, healthy and clean environment.
The day will be observed for one hour every 2nd day of the month.
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The Ministry of Health (MoH) conducted an evacuation drill in collaboration with WHO Country Office and the UN office on 30 July. The drill was a part of the Health Emergency and Disaster Contingency Plan 2016, which mandates the need to conduct mock or evacuation drills in health facilities including the MoH building. Such drills are expected to help employees respond quickly, calmly, and safely during real disasters. The drill will be conducted twice a year.
Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck graced the opening of the National Stock-taking Consultation on Justice for Children yesterday.
Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) in collaboration with UNICEF organized the consultation workshop to strengthen cooperation among key stakeholders involved in administering justice for children. The need for specialized procedures for children who come in contact with the law that give primary consideration to children’s protection and are consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other national, regional and international standards, guidelines and rules, are of utmost importance. Strengthening all components of the child protection system, including the justice mechanisms, to operate in the best interest of children is a key priority for UNICEF.
Over 30 participants from the judiciary, The Office of the Attorney General, Royal Bhutan Police HQs, National Commission for Women and Children – NCWC, Bhutan and CSOs working on justice for children participated in the meeting.
Speaker : Swami Agnivesh
Swami Agnivesh, an activist based in New Delhi, India. Swami Agnivesh a powerful
communicator in Hindi and English, has worked on many social issues nationally and
internationally. First International Anti Slavery Award was given to him in London in
1990, Freedom and Human Rights Award in Berne, Switzerland in 1994, Rajiv Gandhi
National Sadbhavna Award in 2004 and Right Livelihood Award ( Alternative Nobel for
Peace in 2004.)
Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho
The Founder and President of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes
education, social entrepreneurship and Bhutan’s culture and tradition as well as the Shejun
Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.
Add on session by Pushpa Chhetri: A social Entrepreneur and a founder of BMCI
TOPIC: Social Entrepreneurship
Pushpa Chhetri founded Bhutan Media and Communications Institute in 2011, the first
private institute of its kind in Bhutan to contribute towards a professional development
of Media and Communications Industry. She was awarded Loden’s best Entrepreneur
Award in 201. She also serves as a Trustee of Loden Foundation,Executive Board member
of Bhutan ICT and Training Association (BICTTA), Executive Member of SCWEC through
BAOWE and a mentor for The DHI Business Acceleration Program (DHI BizAP).
DATE: 8 August 2019
VENUE: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu
TIME: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
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The second Biennial three-day Bhutan Economic Forum for Innovative Transformation (BEFIT) Summit with the theme ‘Catalyzing Small and Cottage Industries to Drive Bhutan’s Economic Diversification ‘ started today at the Royal Thimphu College. The UN in Bhutan is a proud partner.
World Population Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, established as the Day the world population reached 5 Billion on 11 July 1987.
It is the most important day in the UNFPA calendar, taking on extra significance this year when we mark the 50th anniversary of UNFPA’s founding, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Programme of Action that emerged from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, which has served as the foundation for all that UNFPA does the world over.
Speaker: Dorji Wangchuk
Dorji Wangchuk is currently a researcher, PhD candidate and teaching associate at the University of Macau –
with research focus in social media, sociolinguistics and discourse studies.
He worked in the Bhutan Broadcasting Service from 1986 to 2006 and then from 2009 to 2013 he served as
the Director of Royal Office of the Media under His Majesty the King’s Secretariat.
Host: Gerald Daly
Gerald Daly is the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bhutan . Prior to his appointment as RC for Bhutan,
he served as Policy Adviser and Team Leader of Programme, Joint Funding and Business Operations in the
UN Development Group. His focus areas included ensuring cross-UN ownership and development of Delivering
as One at both strategic and operational levels along with
funding/implementation of integrated policy work.
Date: Wednesday 10, 2019
Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
ADD ON SESSION by Pema Euden, a Mathematician, and an author
Topic: How to Succeed Academically
Pema Euden is the author of Coming Home(2008) and Lomba(2016). She was the youngest author of Bhutan
in 2008. Pema graduated with Highest Honors from The University of Texas at El Paso(UTEP)in 2018.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mathematics. She was awarded the Academic and Research Excellence
Undergraduate student in Mathematics by the College of Science, UTEP.
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