In preparation for its upcoming (2019-2023) United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) One Programme, the UN System in Bhutan has undertaken the Common Country Analysis (CCA) to provide an assessment of the country’s key development issues and challenges. The CCA, in conjunction with related analytical modules—the Population Situation Analysis 2017, Vision 2030, Comparative Advantages of UN Agencies, Capacity Assessment, and Development Finance Assessment—will provide the evidence base to help guide the UN Country Team (UNCT), with a coordinated approach in focusing and prioritising engagement and support to Bhutan’s development efforts during most of the country’s 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) period (2018-2023).
26 Sep 2018 – Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, addresses the general debate of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN
The Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP), implemented by UNDP provides financial and technical support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and academic and research institutions to meet the overall objective of “Global environmental benefits secured through community-based initiatives and actions”.
SGP Bhutan would like to invite project proposals from CSOs (including Community-Based Organizations and grassroots institutions/communities) and academic and research institutions, in the below mentioned strategic initiatives that would contribute to “creation of global environmental benefits and the safeguarding of the global environment through community and local solutions that complement and add value to national and global level action”:
1) Community Landscape/Seascape Conservation
2) Climate Smart Innovative Agro-ecology
3) Low-Carbon Energy Access Co-benefits
4) Local to Global Chemicals Management Coalitions
5) CSO-Government Policy and Planning Dialogue Platforms
6) Promoting Social Inclusion
The maximum grant size is US$ 50,000 per project and preference will be given to proposals that are innovative and submitted by rural communities and vulnerable groups. Standard project proposal template and guidelines are available at UNDP Bhutan Website. Duly completed project proposals (digital copy) should be submitted to the National Coordinator, SGP, UNDP Country Office, Bhutan. Proponents are encouraged to explore co-financing and integrate in-kind contribution for the proposed projects.
Please refer the following documents for the development of project proposals which can be downloaded from www.bt.undp.org OR www.unct.org.bt
The last date for the submission of proposals is 20 July 2018. Proponents are encouraged to submit the proposals in advance to permit sufficient time for review. For further information contact, National Coordinator/Programme Assistant, UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP Country Office, Thimphu at 02-322424 [Ext-330/331] or e-mail to email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of announcement: 21 April 2018.
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) met the Under Secretary General of UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu on February 27 in Thimphu.
Dasho Kinley Dorji (Why discuss Media and Development?)
Dasho Kinley Dorji is the Editor of the Druk Journal. He has worked in the Bhutanese media for more than three decades, served as Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication seven years, and retired in June 2016. As a young pensioner, he plans to write about life around him. Dasho Kinley will be Bhutan Dialogue’s first guest on October 12th, 2017. Dasho Kinley Dorji and Dr. Karma Phuntso will be discussing the topic “Why discuss Media and Development?”
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, UN Assistant Secretary General Haoliang Xu, and the Foreign Affairs minister Damcho Dorji launched the 12th Five Year Plan guideline during the opening of the Round Table Meeting.
United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Haoliang Xu: We gather to celebrate Bhutan’s development successes, consider its challenges, and reflect on our respective roles in supporting the sustainable development of Bhutan. I am struck by his humility and his dedication to people centered-development. I recall one quotation of His Majesty’s that I came across in preparation for today. He said “the world must progress together, or fail together.”