Archive for July, 2011

July 25, 2011

gross national happiness on un agenda

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The General Assembly of  the United Nations has added Bhutan’s  model of Gross National Happiness (GNH) on its agenda to see whether it can be  used as a development indicator. In a non-binding resolution, the UN body called on member states to draw up their own measures of happiness based on Bhutan’s GNH principles. The goal is to measure economics not only in terms of production and per capita revenue but also in terms of people’s sense of satisfaction. The resolution was initiated by Bhutan and was co-sponsored by a record of 68 UN member states.

Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley described the UN decision as historic for Bhutan, because Bhutan never initiated a resolution during its 39 years UN membership. The resolution is particularly significant as the decision was a major stride forwards by the international community towards a holistic and sustainable development for the entire human society.

More information:

articles in Bhutan’s news papers: Gaining global consensus,GNH goes global and GNH on UN agenda

UN news Centre: Happiness should have a greater role in development policy – UN Member States

UN General assembly resolution – Happiness towards a holistic approach

Kuensel 10 august 2011: Happiness in development

July 21, 2011

dutch press report on bhutan film assessment

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The  provincial newspaper of Zeeland reported on the recent visit of Mr. Ad Weststrate to Bhutan to assess the film industry. The article describes Mr. Westrate’s first impressions stating the promising prospects of the Bhutan film industry when investments can be realized in quality and screening of the films. Given the Bhutan sceneries, stories to be told and the passion of the Bhutan filmmakers and actors/actresses exposure of Bhutan films on the international market could be successful. A full report of the assessment by Mr. Weststrate will be available by October 2011.

Bhutan+partners were invited by the Royal Office of Media to conduct the research.

PZS also reported on the 370 jackets handed over to Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuck, Bhutan’s Minister of Economic Affairs. The jackets were donated by the Umoja Climate Fund for the workers preventing a glacial lake outburst flooding in Bhutan.

Articles in Dutch language only:  PZC article 20 July 2011

July 11, 2011

370 jackets for himalayan workforce

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The Netherlands based Umoja Climate Fund donated 370 gore tex jackets to the Government of Bhutan. The jackets  will be distributed to the excavation workers who, at an altitude of 4.500, meters, try to prevent a glacial lake outburst flooding at Thorthormi lake in the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan. The jackets were handed over on 8 July 2011 in Thimphu to Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister of Economic Affairs,  prior to the screening of the film 86 centimetres. Tashi, the main character in the film also received jackets for himself and his five family members.

The jackets will protect the workers, who operate at temperatures of minus 5 degrees Celsius, from cold, wind and snow while working with minimal equipment on an outlet to reduce the pressure of the melting water on the moraine dam of the glacial lake of Thorthormi.

The Umoja Climate fund was established by the Dutch rock band BLøF. The fund finances small environmental projects, run by local organizations. Bhutan+partners’ Henk de Jong is a board member of the fund. Bhutan+partners supported logistical arrangements to have the jackets produced in Nepal and transported to Bhutan.