The Government of Bhutan is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and while 70 cases have been confirmed in Bhutan, all were imported and no deaths have been reported. While the health impact has so far been limited in Bhutan as compared to many other countries, the economic and social effects will be significant. The health sector would be challenged to cope with a major outbreak while an extended period of limited movement of people, goods, and capital 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 moved quickly and pro-actively to respond to COVID-19. In particular, UN agencies developed a joint response framework aligned with global guidance. Bhutan’s “UN Framework for the Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19” (also known locally as the “Shield”) 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 #2 – June
Bhutan presented its 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group in Geneva, Switzerland. Bhutan is one of the 14 States to be reviewed. The documents on which the reviews are based are: national report – information provided by the State under review; Information contained in the reports of […]Read More
The UN Development Partners’ Group met at the UN House on April 26. During the meeting, three presentations were made on Safe System Approach to Human Wildlife Conflict by WWF, UNDP Small Grants Programme Opportunities and Bhutan’s Voluntary National Review by GNHC. Please find the PDF of the presentations below: Safe System (WWF) SGP (GEF) […]Read More
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