Bhutan observes UN day
B hutan lighted 1,000 butter lamps to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the establishment of United Nations (UN) in the Kuenray of Tashichhodzong on 24 October.
The UN Day marks the day on which the UN charter was adopted on October 24, 1945. Bhutan attaches a great important to the purpose and principles of UN, UN policy as an integral part of the country’s foreign policy within the context of Gross National Happiness (GNH).
The Labour and Human Resources Minister, Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, said that UN has created a world free from war and insecurity, hunger, and helped Bhutan’s socio-economic development.
He also expressed Royal Government of Bhutan’s appreciation to the UN and its agencies for their support in various fields, namely the environment, agriculture, natural disaster and technical development.
The minister highlighted the concrete motion to move beyond Millennium Development Goals to achieve the blue print of 17 sustainable goals.
Resident coordinator of UN said, “We live in an era of unprecedented opportunities but we cannot ignore that we also live in a time of unprecedented global challenges.”
He added that 2016 marks the first year of the implementation of agenda 2030 for sustainable development to address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.
Secretary General of UN, Ban Ki-Moon’s message on the day also mentioned humanity entering the era of sustainability, with a global commitment to fulfill the great promises of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
He also reflected “leave no one behind.” He noted that important issues which cannot be ignored and that deserve continues attention include food security and nutrition, prevention of violence against woman and children, participation of women in public decision making and health-related issues.
Foreign Minister Damchoe Dorji, monks from the Central Monastic body, former ambassadors of Bhutan to UN, government officials and officials from various international organizations joined the ceremony to mark the day of becoming 128th member of UN on 21 September, 1971.