UN Day ob­served in Bhutan

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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.

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