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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
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.
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, UN staff and development partners in Bhutan joined the government in commemorating the event in a traditional style.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Changing women’s lives, one stove at a time Talo, 9 March: Bidha lives with a family of four far above the Punakha valley, where temperatures can reach -17°C in winter. “It’s very cold inside the house,” she says. “The dzongkhag allows us to take two trees for wood in winter but sometimes this doesn’t last.” This is about to change. A new fuel-efficient stove is being installed in her home, which will reduce firewood use by 40 per cent. UNDP’s Sustainable Rural Biomass Energy (SRBE) project is causing a quiet revolution in rural Bhutan. Across the country, women are benefiting from reduced workload from gathering firewood, and reaping the health benefits of a cleaner home. All the while reducing Bhutan’s greenhouse gas emissions, and helping to preserve the environment. “It is a win-win situation for the environment and human health,” says Christina Carlson, UNDP Resident Representative. “Bhutan has one of the highest per capita rates of fuelwood use in the world, accounting for 59% of the country’s energy use. Meanwhile, indoor smoke pollution harms mostly women, children and the elderly.” In Bhutan, almost 1.3 tonnes of fuelwood per capita is consumed annually. According to Kinley Wangchuk, Senior District Education Officer, the average household in Talo consumes about 100 bundles of firewood each winter. In Talo, as in most rural villages, mainly women are collecting wood for the household, carrying up to 100 bundles—weighing 15kg – 20kg each—up the steep hill to the village. And women, who do the majority share of cooking and tending the stove inside the home, are the ones who are most affected by respiratory illness—which, according to the World Health Organization, is one of the top five non-communicable diseases in Bhutan. The new stove, which can be used for heating and cooking, uses a new chimney technology, which ensures that virtually all smoke is vented outside the home. As of today, more than 2,150 stoves have already been delivered/installed in Zhemgang, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Lhuntse, Mongar, SamdrupJongkhar, Trashiyangtse and Punakha. Talo is one of these villages; by the time the project’s activities are completed there, 13 families will enjoy the new stoves, conserving more than 7,800 kg of firewood each year. Non-Formal Education Instructors in each village construct the stoves, with the help of the new owners. Pema Seldon and Tshering Yangzom are two instructors in Talo. “Each stove takes about one week to construct, plus another week of drying time,” says Ms. Seldon. The previous traditional stoves had an open fire chamber, which sometimes brought smoke and soot into the house, but the new stoves have metal doors on the fire chamber and cooking surfaces—keeping the household environment cleaner. “With the new technology, when a fire is lit in the stove, you can literally smell the difference,” says Christina Carlson, UNDP Resident Representative. “You can see that all the smoke is vented through the chimney, and everyone in the house is breathing easier.” The SRBE project, which is funded through a grant from the Global Environment Facility, will deliver about 13,000 fuel-efficient, clean stoves to households in rural Bhutan by 2017. http://goo.gl/NAQM5Y Yesterday AT 01:31 AM
- STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF POLITICAL PARTY COORDINATORS AND WORKERS IN ZHEMGANG The Election Commission of Bhutan conducted one-day training for coordinators and workers of the five registered political parties in Zhemgang Dzongkhag on March 18, 2015. The overall aim was to train coordinators and workers five registered political parties on electoral laws and rules, their roles and responsibilities, membership registration, withdrawal or removal of the party membership, and dispute settlement during election. The training included the importance of internal party democracy and party organisation, the understanding and development of party messages within electoral campaigns, media relations and party internal communications, party-voter relationships as well as membership recruitment and volunteer mobilisation. During the training, a female DNT party worker Rinchen Lhamo said “Political parties need to encourage more women to join politics and also allocate fund to train their party workers especially women party workers to ensure that women are equipped with required skills”. PDP Party coordinator Lhapa Dorji from Trong Geog said “Women are shy and they don’t share their views during the Zomdu or party meeting. Therefore, women issues are often based on perception and assumption of men.” The youngest participants in the training was a 17 year old female from Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa. Last year the ECB completed similar training in 19 Dzongkahgs and with Zhamgang Dzonkhag as the last to complete, ECB has now completed carrying out the educational programmes for coordinators and supporters of five political parties in 20 Dzongkhags. The training is part of ECB’s mandate to strengthen the role of political parties on a local level in Bhutan. The ECB will hold the next training for office bearers of five registered political parties in Paro. The training programme was supported by UNDP. http://goo.gl/dzKd0N Yesterday AT 11:35 PM
- COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE (RE-ADVERTISEMENT) Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head, Partnerships and Assurance Unit, the Communications Associate supports the production of internal communication materials and donor reports. The Communications Associate promotes a client-oriented approach in UNDP, ensuring timely reporting for diverse partners. The Communications Associate works in close collaboration with the CO’s four programme portfolios (Climate Change Adaptation/Disaster Management; Climate Change Mitigation and Energy; Economic Integration and Innovation; and Governance) and to ensure timely updates on programme and projects to be featured within UNDP broadly. http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=55079 24 March AT 06:56 AM
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