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18 Jun 2014
Close to 40 participants representing government, civil society, academia, media, UN staff and different volunteer organizations gathered at the UN House to exchange ideas on how youth volunteerism can influence the formulation and implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda for Bhutan.
12 Jun 2014
The government together with UNDP convened the Inception Meeting for the world’s largest climate change adaptation project. The project “Addressing the Risks of Climate-induced Disasters through Enhanced National and Local Capacity for Effective Actions”, aims at responding to immediate and urgent climate change adaptation needs.
03 Jun 2014
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, ended his eight day mission to Bhutan, noting that “educating for ‘Education for Gross National Happiness’ (GNH) is an important way to achieve the education objectives set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Mr. Singh said, highlighting that Bhutan has already met all the education-related Millennium Development Goals set by the UN.
30 May 2014
For the first time, two young Bhutanese will attend the “Youth2015 Forum: Realizing the Future They Want” at the United Nations in June. They will bring the voice of Bhutanese youth into global discussions on development challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals and shaping the future development agenda.
23 May 2014
United Nations Special Rapporteur Kishore Singh will be visiting Bhutan from 26 May to 4 June 2014 to assess education reforms and the education of vulnerable children, among other issues.
07 May 2014
Nearly 800 people let the world know what matters most to them at the Tarayana Fair in Thimphu last week-end. UNDP Bhutan and the UN Volunteer programme (UNV), in cooperation with the Tarayana Foundation, mobilized volunteer students from YHS Tarayana School Club to engage people to vote in the global MY World survey.
18 Apr 2014
Bhutan will soon implement the largest Climate Change Adaptation project in the World. The project, titled - “Addressing the Risks of Climate-induced Disasters through Enhanced National and Local Capacity for Effective Actions” is the second adaptation project in Bhutan funded through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
16 Apr 2014
Over the past two days UNDP concluded its last phase in the gender mainstreaming initiative for its energy and environment portfolio. Five projects were identified in 2012 in the startup phase making them suitable for the gender mainstreaming effort.
02 Apr 2014
Geneva – The UN General Assembly has declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Created at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee and officially announced at the United Nations headquarters last August, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes the role of sport as a tool at the service of society and a universal tool for peace.
29 Mar 2014
Students and residents of Thimphu came together as part of the global movement UNDP organized to observe Earth Hour. The Centenary Park went black at 6.30 pm and people lit candles and lamps to observe the Earth Hour.
25 Mar 2014
In Thimphu as part of the global movement UNDP is partnering with Dorje Events to observe Earth Hour. The open event will take place at the Centenary Park in Chalingmithang and is targeting young children and the local community to participate in a lamp/lantern making session using a recycled jars and paints.
20 Mar 2014
To mark the joyful occasion of the International Day of Happiness, UNDP signed a new project on the promotion of Brand Bhutan today. The project document was signed between the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and UNDP Bhutan.
19 Mar 2014
19 March 2014, Thimphu; A new project on the promotion of Brand Bhutan will be signed between the Royal Government of Bhutan, UNDP Bhutan, supported by the Government of Japan through UNDP-Japan Partnership Fund on 20 March 2014. The project will be carried out by UNDP with the Ministry of Economic Affairs as the lead implementing partner. A total of USD 348,840 is allocated for 2014-2015 activities by the Japanese Government.
16 Jan 2014
The United Nations Development Programme, supported the LEP in drawing lessons from the 2013 elections to help improve processes and procedures in the electoral system, and to improve management of future elections.
12 Dec 2013
The United Nations pledged its support to help Bhutan meet its challenges over the next five years through the new One UN Programme, 2014-2018.
11 Dec 2013
The Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Framework (MAF) Report on Youth and the Uniting for Youth Bhutan website were both launched at a special session of the 12th Round Table Meeting in Thimphu today.
09 Dec 2013
The CPB meeting co-hosted by the Gross National Happiness Commission and the UN System in Bhutan will examine major accomplishments, and look at how the next Bhutan One Programme can improve governance and better the lives of the people of Bhutan.
09 Dec 2013
Bhutan, the United Nations Development Programme, and a host of development partners will explore how to best meet the country’s economic and social priorities, at the 12th Round Table Meeting, in Thimphu on 11-12 December.
20 Nov 2013
Paro, 20 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 from 21-22 November. This effort is translated through gender mainstreaming efforts at legal and policy interventions and advocacy and awareness programs supported by UNDP Bhutan.
18 Nov 2013
Thimphu, 18 November 2013 – UNDP with the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources (MoLHR) will be organizing the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) workshop at Hotel Migmar to prioritize interventions for addressing youth unemployment in Bhutan.
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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 email@example.com 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. 7 hours ago
- 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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