United Nations Bhutan Retreat
5 key messages
- We need to anticipate the future…(and assist the RGoB on the ‘last mile”)
- Given Bhutan’s fragile environment and weak disaster preparedness, its critical to give priority-importance to disaster preparedness and response system.
- A tighter financing environment requires us to do smarter resource mobilization. It is important to ensure critical UN mandates are covered even as some agencies have to re-prioritize.
- Our policy work needs to evolve.
- There is a need to be increasingly capable of giving upstream (policy) support and technical assistance.
- There are opportunities here for joint training amongst UN staff.
- The ‘WHAT’ of what we do is the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework and for this retreat we focus on the ‘HOW.’
- The ‘leave no one behind’ is very good progress and is in full alignment with UN. We need to do stronger analysis and targeted advocacy in this space.
- We are a small UNCT but the SDG’s are integrated and we are a ‘delivering as one’ country. Part of finding the right balance is the need to ever aware of our resources and RGoB/UN priorities.
- Bhutan’s LDC graduation invites us to focus, as much as possible, on assisting on the last mile.
- We must build on good work that is happening with integrated policy work and capacity building.
- We need to help RGoB shift to new means of using development finance to assist with the transition.
- UN Reform
- This is a changed management process.
- Part of anticipating is knowing the right time to do something. I know a team of people working together will likely always choose the best time and place to do what needs to be done.
- We need to build from 2008 Dochula Declaration, and the work that has been done since then as a Delivering As One country.
- Expected Outputs of retreat
- Key agreements on better implementation arrangements.
- ‘Ground Rules’ among UNCT members to work together in areas of overlapping interests.
- Agreements around Joint Programmes and how will we manage and finance them?
- What do we need to do to be best prepared for the worst should an emergency strike?
- Collegial and open discussions ensure we head off unnecessary jostling over the next year and we are also best prepared for any challenges that come to us that we were unable to anticipate.
- Thank you for the hard work of 2017 & 2018
- UNSDPF… Common Country Analysis (UNICEF), Development Finance Assessment (UNDP & UNFPA), Vision 2030 (UNDP), Capacity Building Analysis (WFP), Population Situation Analysis (UNFPA), and Comparative Advantage Analysis (WHO).
- Regional support (UNICEF ROSA, UNDP, WFP and OCHA) to Strategic Prioritization Workshop, Theory of Change Workshop, and Contingency Planning Workshop.
- Country Programme Board meeting for the country results report.
- Again thanks for the seven months covered by Piet in 2017 and the 2017 OIC work done by Rudolf, Rui and Piet.
- Thank you all for your support and commitment.
Opening Statement by Gerald Daly
Resident Coordinator of the United Nations
United Nations Bhutan Retreat (22-23 March 2018)