The Government of Bhutan is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and while 101 cases have been confirmed in Bhutan, all were imported, and no deaths have been reported. While the health impact has so far been limited as compared to many other countries, the economic and social effects are significant. The health sector would be challenged to cope with a major outbreak and a possible stock out of essential health commodities such as drugs, reagents and consumables. An extended period of limited movement of people, goods, and finances will have important consequences for the economy, especially the tourism sector and related service industries. Bhutan is also likely to be negatively affected by any extended economic downturn in its neighbors (especially India).
The UN in Bhutan (FAO, IFAD, ITC, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC, WFP, and WHO) moved quickly and pro-actively to respond to COVID-19. In particular, UN agencies developed a joint response framework aligned with “UN Framework for the Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19” includes both short-term measures to mitigate negative social and economic consequences along with medium- to long-term investments to strengthen the re-build and resilience to future crises.
For more information, please download the sitrep from UN Bhutan COVID-19 sitrep #3 – 30 July 2020
The United Nations in collaboration with the Royal Government of Bhutan organized a two-day Training of Trainers on Teaching Techniques, Immigration and Border Management and Cascading Training on Passport Examination Procedure. This training aims to help improve policy, legislation, operational systems, human resources and administrative and technical structures required to respond more effectively to diverse […]Read More
Bhutan will implement the menu optimizer tool called the PLUS initiated by the World Food Programme (WFP). This tool is an online software that calculates the most nutritious and cost effective school feeding menus to ensure dietary diversity based on local food where possible. It will help substitute import goods by locally produced food to […]Read More
Sherubtse College started the “Sherubtse United Nations Club.” The club held it’s first meeting on 29 April. The UN club aims at giving opportunities for students to participate in simulations of meetings held and issues discussed by United Nations. The club elected two new coordinators on the foundation day and has 16 registered members.Read More
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