Exploring way forward for a legal aid system in Bhutan

UNDP Deputy Rep Niamh Collier-Smith speaking at the consultation opening.

Bhutan is another step closer to developing a legal aid system to ensure equal access to justice to the people. This week, stakeholder consultations produced recommendations for establishing a legal aid system for Bhutan. Drawing on international standards lessons from other countries, it was agreed that such a system must also be rooted in Bhutanese […]

Read more

Advocating role of communities as first-hand disaster responders

UN Bhutan RC going through displays set by students on disaster management.

Thimphu, 13 October, 2015: The need to have a community that is prepared to face disasters is as essential as any government intervention at various levels was the message carried by the International Day for Disaster Reduction in Thimphu as several students, disaster management authorities and humanitarian aid organization gather to observe the day. This […]

Read more

WHO donates 50,000 USD to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund

Left-Right: WHO Bhutan Rep Ornello Linceta handing over the donation to Health Minister Tandin Wangchuk.

As people from all walks of life joined the advocacy to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases and free primary health care services on the annual Health Walk on 11 October, the South East Asian Regional Office (SEARO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) donated 50,000 USD to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund. The idea of setting up […]

Read more

Standing up for 250 million girl children and more


UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, 2015: The cadre of 15-year-old girls living today were born at the advent of the Millennium Development Goals into a world of hope. Not all of those hopes were fulfilled. Many have already dropped out of school to look after […]

Read more

UNDP marks 25 years of Human Development

Feature img

It has been 25 years since the first Human Development Report (HDR) introduced a new concept for advancing human wellbeing which challenged the notion that the level of economic growth and of GDP per capita were the leading indicators of a country’s progress. The 1990 HDR introduced the concept of ‘human development’, which spoke to […]

Read more