UN Day observed in Bhutan
Bhutan commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Organization on 24th October 2018 with the lighting of 1000 butter lamps in the Kuenray of Tashichho Dzong. The day is popularly termed as the UN Day.
Dasho Penjore, Officiatating Chief Advisor to the interim government, graced the occasion as the guest of honuor. The event was attended by advisers of the interim government, Member of the Parliament and judiciary, senior government officials, officials of the United Nations, and members of the diplomatic community.
Since its establishment on 24th October 1945, the United Nations Organization has been promoting international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development and upholding international Law.
Bhutan became a member of the United Nations on 21st September 1971 and since then has been committed to promoting peace and happiness.
Dasho Penjore, in his statement at that event conveyed that Bhutan remains committed to the Charter of the UN and the goal of promoting international peace and security. He also highlighted the continued relevance of United Nations and multilateralism and the important role it has to play in addressing several existing and emerging global challenges.
Dasho Penjore highlighted the contributions made by the UN agencies in Bhutan's development journey and today Bhutan is on the verge of graduating to a middle income country. On behalf of the government, Dasho Penjore conveyed its appreciation to the United Nations for their development partnership and to the UN staff that have lived and worked in Bhutan.
“Today marks the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, the landmark document that embodies the hopes and aspirations of ‘ we the peoples.' The Charter is our UN values. We are here to assist the RGoB – in concert with all the development partners - to take on the challenges of development and together we will succeed. We, at the UN, look forward to our continued partnership with the Government and people of Bhutan. Our commitment to support Bhutan reach its development objectives remain unwavering.”- Gerald Daly, UN Resident Coordinator for Bhutan remarked.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, urged the men and women of the UN, and those they, serve, to “never give up” tackling the world's many challenges.
In a video released ahead of UN Day, the Secretary General Antonio Guterres said despite the odds and obstacles, and growing inequality “we don't give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.”
“Extreme poverty is being reduced but we see inequality growing. Yet we don't give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.” He added.
The UN chief made clear the organization's determination to imple- ment climate action, fight for human rights and the life of peace that everyone deserves to enjoy.
“Climate change is moving faster than we are, but we don't give up because we know that climate action is the only path.”
He added that human rights are being violated in so many places. “But we don't give up because we know respect for human rights and human dignity is a basic condition for peace.”
He also said that conflicts are multiplyingpeople are suffering. But we don't give up because we know every man, woman and child deserves a life of peace.
“On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal our planet. To leave no one behind. To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations,” he said.
Dasho Penjore highlighted the contributions made by the UN agencies in Bhutan’s development journey and today during the UN Day celebration in Thimphu on the 24th October 2018.