UNFPA launched the State of the World Report 2019.
The year 2019 marks two important milestones in the field of reproductive health and rights: 50 years since UNFPA began operations, and 25 years since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. The report shows that while much has been gained, much remains to be done to empower those who are not yet able to enjoy their rights and whose choices are still constrained. The pursuit of rights and choices for all is ongoing, with new challenges emerging all the time.
What the future holds in terms of changes in population growth, contraceptive use, and sexual and reproductive health and rights will both determine and be determined by the ability of women and girls to achieve their full potential as members of their societies. And this will be determined, in no small part, by how the world takes forward the ICPD achievements and addresses the shortfalls.
ATTENTION FILM MAKERS
The 2019 SDGs in Action Film Festival is now open!
Coordinated by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for SDGs, the Festival seeks short films that highlight how people and organizations around the world are taking action for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Entries will be accepted in the following categories for 2019:
• Protecting our planet
• Reducing inequalities
• Building peace
• Ensuring quality education and jobs
• Young Filmmaker (24 years old or younger)
• SDGs in Virtual Reality/360 degrees (films 2 minutes or less)
The top video in each category will be shown at the SDGs in Action Film Festival in July 2019 at or near UN Headquarters in New York, with the filmmakers invited to attend and participate in Festival-related activities. Entries will be accepted here through 26 April:
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and members of the UN Country Team today, met with the Ambassadors of EU Member States and briefed the delegation on the work of the UN in Bhutan. The delegation, led by H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, EU Ambassador to India and Bhutan, are in Bhutan on their Joint Annual Visit.
Speaker: Aum Tashi Pem
Aum Tashi Pem has more than 19 years work experience in development work in Bhutan with focus on local government,
decentralization, and civil society engagement. Currently, she is the Country Director of HELVETAS. Aum Tashi holds a
Masters Degree in Policy, Management and
Government from the University of York, United Kingdom.
Host: Mr. Gerald Daly
Gerald Daly is the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Bhutan since March 2017. Prior to his appointment as RC for Bhutan,
Gerald served as Policy Adviser and Team Leader of Programme, Joint Funding and Business Operations in the
UN Development Group (2011-2017). 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: 11 April 2019
Time: 4:00 pm t0 5:30 pm
Venue: UN House, Kawajangsa, Thimphu
Please register through the following link: https://goo.gl/dA9RRt
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji and the Head of Office of the World Food Programme (WFP) launched the Food and Dietary Guidelines for School-aged Children during the first National School Nutrition Day. The observation of the national day marks an important step in the joint initiative of WFP and the ministries of Education and Health towards reducing Non-Communicable Diseases and micronutrient deficiencies in Bhutan. WFP assists the Royal Government of Bhutan in improving the nutrition and health of the school children through more nutritious school meals made from local food, interactive nutrition education and parents/community support to promote better dietary and health habits among school children from 6-18 years.
Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator and UN Under-secretary General met with the United Nations Country Team in Bhutan today. Mr. Achim Steiner is in Bhutan to Co-chair the 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM), which is the highest forum for policy dialogue between Bhutan and its development partners. The RTM is organized by the Royal Government of Bhutan, in collaboration with the United Nations System in Bhutan. #14RTM #unctbhutan
The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.
Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.
From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.
Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter
A community-based farmers’ organization, Dzedokha Phacheng (Zingiber cassumunar) Detshen, from Lokchina, Chukha visited the UN House today.
The Resident Coordinator, Gerald Daly, met with the 15 farmers.
While at the UN House, the farmers received a tour around the UN House with special emphasis on the greening initiative undertaken by the UN in Bhutan.
Dzedokha Phacheng Detshen is a UNDP GEF-SGP and Royal Government of Bhutan project on “Sustainable management of biological resources of nature-based products for improved livelihoods in Lokchina gewog”. The technical backstopping and support to CBO and project is provided by the National Biodiversity Center (NBC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forest.
Over the period of four days, members of the group were trained on the basics of the nature-based product development with a special focus on Zhinor massage balm and Zhinor Liniment oil. They learnt about the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratory Practices and book-keeping. As a part of the training, farmers visited the facilities of the Bio Bhutan and the Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals Corporation Limited (MSPCL).