Honorable Co-chair – Dasho Thinley, Honourable Secretaries, Colleagues.
Objective of the CPB
At the outset, it is useful to remind ourselves that the objective of the Country Programme Board, is to:
Furthermore, we will provide an update on the UNSDPF (United Nations Sustainable Development Partners Framework) for the UN and the 12th Five Year Plan for the RGoB,; we will briefly discuss ‘Lessons Learned’ from the One Programme and ‘Way Forward’ for the next UNSDPF and 12th FYP in sessions three and four. In that discussion I would urge us all to search for additional ways to reduce transaction costs of the RGoB working with the UN.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
We made great progress in 2017. This will be presented throughout the morning session. In addition, we have circulated a summary handout for your information. However, let me emphasize following achievements;
Significant Outcome Accomplishments:
I don’t wish to duplicate what will be said in these forthcoming session but there are 3 products-results we achieved in 2017 that I was to raise to your attention:
These are just some of the analytical and critical results achieved by the UN in 2017 which ensure key policies (often of a social nature) and support to the RGOB are systematically advanced while ensuring we the UN keep a strong focus on Leaving No One Behind – which is the backbone of the work we do here in Bhutan.
Joint Programme Accomplishments
This year was also successful in terms of our Joint works, especially following three joint programmes;
This work is a great springboard for our next 5 years and Outcome #1 of the UNSDPF.
In addition to those joint programmes, the UN in Bhutan has been jointly working on capacity enhancement of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) through Bhutan Dialogues and capacity enhancement workshop for CSOs especially on their resource mobilization capacity.
Let me take this opportunity to thank the leads and members of these Joint Programmes.
Way Forward and Closing
Going forward, I am happy to share two important issues with the CPB.
The UN is more than the sum of these outcomes and results that have been achieved in 2017; not least because the NRAs and Regional Commission (ESCAP) are not fully captured. We the UN also bring the technical and substantive depth of our Regional Offices and of the various UN HQs around the world to support our work here in Bhutan.
As UN Representatives and staff we are both grateful and committed to the relationship with the RGoB and we want to always strive to raise our game: “Never be shy about giving us frank feedback.”
Thank you and Tashi Delek.
Address by Gerald Daly, UN Resident Coordinator
Date: February 9, 2018
Venue: National Assembly Conference Hall, Thimphu, Bhutan
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