Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum
Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum

It is one year since every country in the world signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals. They form a blueprint for addressing the most significant challenges facing our planet and its people. Challenges like climate change. This is likely to be the hottest year on record and here in Asia, climate change is a cause of the natural disasters that have claimed half a million lives in the last decade. Challenges like inequality, which has been growing for four-fifths of Asia-Pacific’s population over the last 20 years. Challenges brought on by the accelerating process of ageing, which will make it harder for many Asian states to provide basic services to their people. The 17 SDGs will address these challenges and other interlinked issues, including education, hunger and security. But governments cannot implement this blueprint on their own. Nor can the UN and other development organizations.

Engaging youth to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable production and consumption

Engaging youth to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable consumption and production More than 73 million young people around the world are affected by unemployment. According to the World Youth Report, lack of decent jobs can impose long-term negativity on a young person’s ability to engage. The 2016 Human...

Equipping Bhutan to sustainably use genetic resources under Nagoya Protocol

To further enhance sustainable use of genetic resources in the country, UNDP Bhutan handed over equipment to Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals (MSP) under the Department of Traditional Medicine Services (DTMS), earlier today. The support is part of the Nagoya Protocol implementation’s Access Benefit Sharing...

Public Hearing mock sessions for parliamentarians

“A great contribution in the history of Bhutan’s parliament”, is what the National Assembly Secretary Sangay Duba described the workshop on public hearing as. The Secretary General’s statement resulted from the mock public hearing sessions whereby the parliamentarians got to experience—hands on—on what and...

Promoting inclusive decision making through public hearings

To engage members of parliament and parliamentary staff on conducting public hearings, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) started a two day workshop for the National Assembly and the National Council today. The two-day programme will provide insights into forms of public consultation, constitutional...

Innovative ecostoves to enhance energy efficiency in 5 districts

With months of testing and refining, the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) now have the answer to Bhutan’s high—1.3 tonnes per capita, per year--fuelwood consumption—Bhutan Ecostoves.   “I designed the stoves contextualizing Bhutan’s tropology and the...

UNDP and relevant institutions working towards a holistic justice system in Bhutan

UNDP and relevant institutions working towards a holistic justice system in Bhutan 25 July, Thimphu: To map and integrate a justice sector plan for 12th Five Year Plan (FYP), the Office of Attorney General (OAG), Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, the Supreme Court and the United Nations Development...

Bhutan to define biodiversity and climate investments and opportunities

18 July 2016, Thimphu: With a two-day workshop commencing Monday 18 July in Thimphu, Bhutan begins a three-year journey to determine how best to finance the nation’s rich biodiversity conservation and climate action. Bhutan joins 29 other nations in this effort as a member of the United Nations Development...

Taking sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience to the grassroots.

With the second stakeholder consultation underway, UNDP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Royal Government of Bhutan are another step closer to enhance sustainability, climate resilience and community livelihoods in 37 gewogs across 12 dzongkhags in Bhutan. A total funding of 13.9 million (planned...