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14 Jul 2014
In Bhutan, youth are the largest unemployed demographic; nationally, 7.3% were unemployed in 2012, and in urban areas it was nearly double that.
25 Mar 2014
Speaking to over forty participants, UNDP’s David Galipeau, Leader of Knowledge and Innovation Management Regional Team - Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok spoke on the vast potential of entrepreneurship and innovation in Bhutan.
20 Mar 2014
To mark the joyful occasion of the International Day of Happiness, UN staff and development partners in Bhutan joined the government in commemorating the event in a traditional style.
19 Mar 2014
The third of a series of on-going discussions under the umbrella UNDP Talks: Dialogues on Development was held on “Access to Justice” at the UN House today. Organized and led by UNDP Bhutan, Nicholas Booth, Policy Advisor from the Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok presented UNDP’s vast experiences with other countries on access to justice.
13 Feb 2014
The second of a series of development dialogues under the theme “UNDP Talks” took off today at the UN House. The relevance of the research for microfinance initiatives in Bhutan, including measuring wellbeing were some of the key discussion highlights.
05 Feb 2014
Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women: Strengthening Gender Responsive Budgeting in South Asia
Following a series of gender consultations and sensitization workshops since 2006, the regional inception workshop for Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women: Strengthening Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in South Asia project is being introduced today to chalk out the methodology, work plan and way forward with the relevant stakeholders to ensure efficiency, equity and poverty reduction in Bhutan.
20 Dec 2013
Bhutan, the United Nations Development Programme, and a range of development partners committed to reduce poverty, strengthen the economy, and sustainably develop infrastructure, at the recent 12th Round Table Meeting in Thimphu.
25 Nov 2013
25 November, Phuentsholing - Over 60 women leaders from across Bhutan attended two week mediation training on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Led by the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) the workshop was organized to arm women with required mediation skills and techniques for effective interventions when disputes arose in their communities. The training was held in Phuentsholing.
25 Nov 2013
25 November, Phuentsholing - Initiated by the UN and in partnership with RENEW, the 2013 campaign on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) was observed to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls in Phuentsholing.
20 Nov 2013
Thimphu, 20 November 2013 – UNDP with the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources (MoLHR) held the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) workshop in the capital to prioritize interventions for addressing youth unemployment in Bhutan. The workshop validated bottlenecks and prioritized strategic interventions on the action plan to address youth unemployment in the country.
19 Nov 2013
Paro, 19 November 2013 – UNDP with the National Commission of Women and Children (NCWC) will hold a consultation on the National Action Plan for Women’s Political Equality in Paro to prioritize socio-legal protection of women, economic empowerment and gender equality during 21-22 November.
15 Nov 2013
15 November, Thimphu – UNDP is undertaking an assessment to prepare for future programming with civil society and media in Bhutan. A series of workshops, surveys and consultations will be carried out in November to assess the strengths and constraints for civil society and media to promote people’s participation in democratic processes, public dialogue and discourse in Bhutan.
24 Oct 2013
United Nations Day is a chance to recognize the organization’s contributions to peace and common progress. The day is important to reflect on what has been achieved and what more can be done for a better world.
07 Oct 2013
Over two days, UNDP facilitated sessions in the government’s orientation programme for National Council and National Assembly members. A half-day session was held with National Council members on 3rd October 2013, and a two-hour session with National Assembly members on 7th October 2013.
31 Jul 2013
The new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Christina Carlson presented her credentials to Lyonpo Rinzin Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Gyalyong Tshokhang this morning.
25 Apr 2013
On April 25, UNDP's Energy, Environment and Disaster Management Unit organized a Gender Scoping Workshop in Thimphu to create awareness among staff, implementing partners and beneficiaries about gender issues in development.
12 Apr 2013
On April 12, in Thimphu, a further consultation took place as part of the UN System in Bhutan and the Royal Government of Bhutan's Post-2015 National Consultation process. This stage of the ongoing consultations was addressed towards development stakeholders in the country, with attendees from government, civil society and NGOs, autonomous agencies, dratshang, private sector, media, youth and UN staff.
04 Mar 2013
In March of 2013, members of the UN Country Team in Bhutan joined The Bhutanese Broadcasting Service (BBS) in a tour around the country in order to take part in the international Post-2015 Consultations, arranged by the UN Development Group.
01 Jan 2013
In 2013, the UNDP Energy, Environment and Disaster Management unit will engage in three new major projects in Bhutan, beginning with planning at the policy level for two of these, and moving towards implementation of the third.
04 Dec 2012
Glaciers in Bhutan are receding at a rate of 30-60 meters per decade. The risk of potential disasters inflicted by GLOFs, pose new threats to lives, livelihoods and development.
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- PRESS RELEASE Parliament tests ‘Virtual Zomdu’ facility 29 July 2014, Thimphu: The National Assembly Speaker, Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, met his constituents in Mongar and had more than an hour of real-time discussion. But this time he did not have to travel to his constituency; the representative and the electorate were connected by video conference. The Speaker said: “Such video conferencing facility is new and promising, said the Speaker. “Traveling to Mongar from Thimphu takes at least two days. The facility will enable close interactions between representatives and the people”. The participants said they had never dreamed to be able to meet the Tshogpon in real time while he is in Thimphu. Virtual Zomdu, the video conferencing facility, was prototyped at the National Assembly as part of their efforts to take Parliament to the people. The people engaged in discussion with the Tshogpon were seated in Mongar Community Information Center. Some of the issues discussed included school bus replacement, tax increases, vehicle import, requirement of community clearance for establishing mining and quarrying companies, and development activities. UNDP’s Resident Representative Christina Carlson observed that Virtual Zomdu could allow parliamentarians to interact more frequently with their constituents. “Following today’s successful test, the challenge will now be to develop a sustainable way of bringing the ‘Virtual Zomdu’ to all parts of Bhutan, and ensure everyone has easier access to their representatives.” Harnessing in the power of innovation, UNDP Bhutan is working with partners to prototype “Virtual Zomdu”, using existing technologies to even greater advantage. The plan is for members of Bhutan’s National Assembly and National Council to be connected via existing fiber optic technology within Community Information Centres (CICs). To test out the technical aspects as well as interest and usability of the technology, prototyping sessions are being held this week between the Speaker, MP Zangley Drukpa and their constituencies in order to test the connections available at the Parliament, Districts and the Community Centres. Considering the long time it takes to reach many communities in Bhutan, communications between MPs and the constituencies can be naturally difficult. Yet, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) Bhutan has been fast increasing connectivity between government agencies (G2G), and between government and the people (G2C). The project is a joint effort by the Gross National Happiness Commission, National Council and National Assembly, Departments for Local Governance, Department of Information Technology and Telecom, Bhutan Post, and UNDP. Currently Bhutan has established Community Centres (CCs) in 131 locations across the country. Almost 100 of these are now online, and connected by fiber optic cable to the national gateway (Thimphu WAN), and with internet strong enough for videoconferencing. ************************************************************************************* About the UNDP Regional Bureau for the Asia-Pacific Innovation Fund: The “Virtual Zomdu” project is supported from the UNDP Regional Bureau for the Asia-Pacific Innovation Fund. Earlier in 2014, UNDP Country Offices in the Asia-Pacific region submitted 60 proposals, of which 16 were selected for support during a prototyping phase. The aim of the Innovation Fund is to provide creative space and seed funding to experiment with new ways to tackle complex development issues. For more information and press inquiries: Annamari Salonen Acting Head Inclusive Governance Unit UNDP Bhutan firstname.lastname@example.org About UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. www.undp.org. Yesterday AT 09:18 PM
- UNDP Bhutan is trying to explore and develop innovative services for youth, and has started to implement a project focusing on ICT and social innovation. By developing well-intended games, the youth can actively get involved in generating ideas and will effectively become co-developers of the solutions for their own challenges! Read more about it on our blog http://goo.gl/tN3DzX 24 July AT 11:35 PM
- ***ANNOUNCEMENT*** 7 New Vacancies at UNDP for Bhutanese Nationals! Check out our website for more details - Deadline for applications Friday 25 July 2014. http://www.bt.undp.org/content/bhutan/en/home/operations/jobs/ 21 July AT 12:42 AM
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