The Sustainable Development Goals in Bhutan
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Bhutan:
24 May 2023
Report of the UNSDG Chair on DCO
Midway through the path to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), rising inequalities, surging conflicts, lingering socio-economic impacts of the COVID pandemic, spillovers of the war in Ukraine, and the widespread effects of the climate emergency constitute tremendous challenges for sustainable development. Strong, integrated and expert UN leadership is now more essential than ever. The investments agreed by Member States to strengthen the leadership, impartiality, accountability, and effectiveness of the UN Resident Coordinator System are yielding clear returns in enhancing the UN development system (UNDS) support to national governments to advance the SDGs. This report details the results of development coordination in 2022, which helped foster more coherent support for tailored SDG solutions aligned to countries’ priorities.
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14 April 2023
2022 UN COUNTRY ANNUAL RESULTS REPORT BHUTAN
The #UnitedNations is #Bhutan is pleased to launch its Annual Country Results Report for the year 2022. The #UN has played a critical role in supporting the Royal Government of #Bhutan and implementing partners to assist the country to realize its national development priorities and progress towards the #2030Agenda for #SustainableDevelopment. In 2022, the 31 UN agencies, funds and programmes that work in #Bhutan supported the Royal Government of Bhutan with USD $22.5 million through various development projects and programmes. The work of the #UN in Bhutan through its UN Sustainable Development partnership Framework (UNSDPF) for the period 2019 - 2023 has been driven by the overarching goal of achieving “a just, harmonious and sustainable Bhutan where no one is left behind”. In both its regular programmes and in its post-pandemic response, the #UN has focused first and foremost on those left furthest behind, using an integrated programming approach across priority areas to achieve results.
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15 November 2023
Football for the Goals Kick Off
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bhutan, in collaboration with the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), kicked off the "Football for the Goals," initiative - a groundbreaking initiative aimed at leveraging the power of football to drive positive social change and promote sustainable development in Bhutan. This innovative campaign, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will run until March 2024. The campaign was launched today at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu during the finale of the 𝐁𝐡𝐮𝐭𝐚𝐧 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑. Bhutan has made remarkable strides in national development; however, challenges related to mental health, substance abuse, gender-based violence, and climate change persist. The "Football for the Goals" campaign harnesses the popularity of football to address these challenges, fostering unity, inclusivity, and shared responsibility among communities. As the world strives to achieve the SDGs by 2030, innovative and inclusive approaches are essential to inspire positive social change. Football, as one of the world's most popular sports, has the potential to serve as a powerful platform for advancing the SDGs. The "Football for the Goals" initiative will unfold through various campaigns focusing on different aspects of social development by equipping young Bhutanese with the knowledge and skills necessary to harness the influence of football and become catalysts for change in their communities. The five-month long campaign will focus on four themes: Health and Wellbeing: Address mental health, nutrition, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issues through football-related activities and workshops, promoting healthier lifestyles. Protecting Children and Youth: Foster a safe environment for young Bhutanese through education, awareness, and empowerment initiatives, coinciding with International Day of the Girl Child and World Children’s Day. Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: Promote gender equality and women's empowerment, challenge stereotypes, and celebrate women's achievements in sports during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Climate Action: Rais awareness about climate change challenges faced by mountain communities, inspire climate action, and empower youth to become environmental stewards. Bhutan Football Federation was recently admitted as a member of the UN’s initiative “Football for the Goals.” By joining the initiative, the federation commits to advocate the achievement of and implementing policies aligned with the SDGs.
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