Bhutan ob­served the 72nd UN Day

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Bhutan ob­served the 72nd an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of the United Na­tions on 24th Oc­to­ber 2017 with the light­ing of 1000 but­ter lamps in the Kuen­ray of Tashich­hod­zong.

Ly­onpo Dawa Gyelt­shen, Min­is­ter of Home & Cul­tural Af­fairs, the Chief Guest of the UN Day cel­e­bra­tion led the light­ing of the 1000 but­ter lamps. The UN Day marks the day on which the UN Char­ter en­tered into force on Oc­to­ber 24, 1945. The func­tion was at­tended by par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, for­mer am­bas­sadors of Bhutan to the United Na­tions, rep­re­sen­ta­tives and of­fi­cials of the UN and its spe­cial­ized agen­cies and mem­bers of the diplo­matic com­mu­nity based in Thim­phu.

The Chief Guest high­lighted the con­tri­bu­tions made by the United Na­tions to­wards the so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Bhutan. He ex­pressed Bhutan’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the UN and its agen­cies for their sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion in ad­vanc­ing the part­ner­ship. He reaf­firmed Bhutan’s com­mit­ment to work­ing with the mem­ber states to en­sure that the UN con­tin­ues to play an in­stru­men­tal role in fight­ing cli­mate change, erad­i­cat­ing poverty and main­tain­ing global peace and se­cu­rity. He also high­lighted Bhutan’s con­tri­bu­tion to peace­keep­ing since 2014.

Mr. Ger­ald Daly, UN Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor, ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Bhutan for or­ga­niz­ing the sym­bolic cer­e­mony of light­ing the 1000 but­ter lamps to ob­serve the 72nd an­niver­sary of the United Na­tions and prayers for world peace and pros­per­ity. Mr. Daly stated that hu­man dig­nity tran­scends hu­man rights, which is at the core of the work of the UN and in this re­gard, mem­ber states pledged to ‘Leave No One Be­hind’ and adopted the 2030 agenda in 2015. He said, ef­forts are on­go­ing, un­der the lead­er­ship of An­to­nio Guter­res, the UN sec­re­tary gen­eral to en­gage in a com­pre­hen­sive re­form of the UN de­vel­op­ment sys­tem to sup­port mem­ber states in im­ple­ment­ing the 2030 agenda and in achiev­ing the SDG Goals.

Mr. Daly ac­knowl­edged with pride UN’s successful part­ner­ship with Bhutan over the last 46 years, dur­ing which Bhutan has made re­mark­able so­cio eco­nomic progress. Fur­ther­more, Bhutan’s de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy of GNH and pru­dent eco­nomic man­age­ment and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity have brought about a sig­nif­i­cant rise in liv­ing stan­dards and im­prove­ment in de­vel­op­ment rank­ing, which he said is a tes­ti­mony of com­mit­ment and hard work.

Mr. Daly fur­ther stated that as the UN Team in Bhutan, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with GNHC, pre­pares the next UN frame­work of sup­port, they will en­sure that their strate­gic pri­or­i­ties are aligned with the 12th FYP pri­or­i­ties and that their sup­port com­pli­ments Bhutan’s ef­forts to achieve its long term de­vel­op­men­tal Goals.

Mr. Daly reaf­firmed the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of the UN to Bhutan to achieve its de­vel­op­ment goals and ob­jec­tives in the years ahead.

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