The United Nations in Bhutan launched its Annual Results Report 2018 at the UN House in Kawajangsa, Thimphu yesterday.
The report reflects on the strong collaboration and partnerships between the UN agencies, the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Civil Society Organizations, academia, the private sector, development partners and the people of Bhutan.
This report also documents how the UN has mobilized and disbursed USD 15.1mn to support Bhutan’s national development priorities through the Delivering As One approach in 2018.
According to the press release from the UN in Bhutan, inclusive, evidence-based programming was at the heart of UN assisted interventions in 2018.
“UN’s technical support in strong partnership with the government and development partners resulted in the formulation and implementation of relevant polices to address the country’s emerging priorities related to climate change, disaster risk management, renewable energy and further strengthen UN’s work in the education, health and SDG data sectors. The UN’s programme interventions were more targeted to ensure No One is Left Behind,” states the press release.
It also maintained that the UN played a lead role in convening and utilizing multi-stakeholder partnerships for delivering sustainable development results.
“Several forums have been initiated which provide a platform for stakeholders to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas and partners of common interest. Strengthening CSO resource mobilization capacity, supporting networking and partnering among Bhutanese CSOs are some of the many ways that the UN supports CSOs capacity,” states the press release.
In this report, they have also highlighted the work of the Non-resident UN Agencies (NRA) which are an integral part of UN’s work in Bhutan. In the UNDAF (UN Development Assistance Framework) One Programme cycle (2014 to 2018) 18 NRAs are signatories and contributed substantially to the UNDAF objectives, as reflected in the different chapters of the report.
According to the UN in Bhutan, the engagement of the UN Funds, programmes and specialized agencies through a common UN framework provides a platform for different UN agencies and its partners to work together in support of national priorities and needs.
“As an enabler and facilitator for testing smarter and innovative programmes, the UN emphasizes programmes that are innovative with high investment returns. Investment Case for Development practices will be a key driver to achieve the SDGs. The seeds for such are evident through our programmes on GBV and Gender Equality, ECCD and actions to ensure the country remain carbon neutral, among others,” states the press release.