Bhutan ob­serves UN day

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Wangmo

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.

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