Press releases

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  • 15 Sep 2014
    Bhutan gears up for a stronger response to natural disasters

  • 15 Sep 2014
    Bhutanese Youth take Democracy Beyond the Vote

  • 20 Aug 2014
    Time is now to provide universal social services, strong social protection and decent jobs, says 2014 Human Development Report

    In Bhutan, an estimated 12 per cent of the population is poor and poverty is rural areas (16 %) is alarmingly higher than poverty in urban areas (1.8%) . Additionally, Bhutan’s Multi-dimensional Poverty Report of 2012 highlights that the largest contributor to national poverty is due to deprived education at 43 percent.

  • 29 Jul 2014
    Bhutan's Parliament tests ‘Virtual Zomdu’ facility

    The National Assembly Speaker, Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, met his constituents in Monggar 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.

  • 18 Jun 2014
    Advocating for Youth Volunteerism and Post-2015 in Bhutan

    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
    Bhutan takes on world’s largest climate change project

    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
    Educating for Gross National Happiness enriches the universal values of education

    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
    Bhutanese youth to attend Youth 2015 Forum in New York

    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
    UN Human Rights expert to assess education reforms in his first official visit to Bhutan

    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
    Volunteers engage Bhutanese people in having their say at the UN through MY World survey

    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 to implement world’s largest Climate Change Adaptation Project under LDC Fund

    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
    UNDP Bhutan’s Environment portfolio completes its gender mainstreaming objectives

    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
    The world celebrates first ever International Day on Sport for Development and Peace

    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
    Thimphu joins millions across the world to observe Earth Hour

    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
    Earth Hour in Bhutan

    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
    Improving Bhutanese livelihoods by promoting traditional crafts and textiles

    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
    Brand Bhutan to build public private partnerships and counter unemployment and poverty

    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
    Making Elections Better in Bhutan

    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
    Development Partners Commit to Meet National Priorities of 11th Five Year Plan

    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
    Promoting youth employment is a development priority

    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.