The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) asked for the inclusion of violence against children as one of the key areas of concern in the five-year plan framework of the United Nations System in Bhutan.
The matter was brought to the attention during the UN country analysis validation meeting held in Thimphu on Tuesday. Other areas of concerns the participants raised were the need for transgender regulations and proper transport services in the dzongkhags.
In the draft report of the framework, the UN in Bhutan included seven main areas of concern. It included poverty and income inequalities, urbanisation and its social implications, and youth and socio-cultural resilience among others.
” The meeting’s aim is to look at the future challenges ans ongoing challenges of Bhutan and to start to think about what could be the solutions. So for example, we need to be thinking about what the impact of the climate change could be upon the country,” said Gerald Daly, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bhutan. “And if climate change is going to have some of the disadvantages that many people are predicting. How can the UN work with the Royal Government respond in the best way possible.”
UN Resident Coordinator added the other areas of joint programming between Bhutan and the UN are in the fields of gender equality, food and nutrition security, and Sustainable Development Goals data for evidence based decision making.
With the recommendation from the meeting, the final draft of the framework will be submitted to the UN by September 25.