March 26, 2012
Henk de Jong, director bhutan+partners, attended the meeting on “Happiness and Wellbeing: defining a New Economic Paradigm” on 2 April 2012 at the United Nations headquaters in New York. The meeting followed the adoption of the resolution ‘Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development’, in 2011 by the 193 member UN General Assembly.
The president of Costa Rica Her Excellency Ms Laura Chinchilla and the UN Secretary general Mr Ban Ki Moon gave the key note address at the meeting on 2 April 2012.
Henk also joined the discussion group assignments on 3 and 4 April 2012.
information about the meeting : www.2apr.gov.bt
March 19, 2012
86 centimetres… the Bhutanese /Dutch documentary about the melting glacial lakes in Bhutan had it’s US premiere in Washington on 18 March at the National Museum of Natural History in the Capital.
The premiere was attended by 400 people. 86 centimetres… was screened with the documentary Bhutan: land of the black-necked crane. The spectators were impressed by the incredible works done by the Bhutanese men and women to lower the water level of the lake in order to prevent a disaster. The public was shocked to see that the work was done bare handed with no other tools than hammers, ropes and poles.
86 centimetres… follows Tashi, a young Bhutanese farmer who joined a group of 350 workers to work at lake Thorthormi, the lake most likely to cause a glacial lake outburst flooding (GLOF) in Bhutan. Tashi and his mates worked three months at lake Thorthormi and widened an outlet manually, thus lowering the water level in the lake by 86 centimetres.
After the screenings Henk de Jong, producer and director bhutan+partners, Tshewang Wangchuk and Tshering Yangzom, both working with the Bhutan Foundation, joined the panel discussion which was moderated by Bruce Bunting, president of the Bhutan Foundation.
March 14, 2012
Orange Alert, the Dutch performing arts weblog of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in US announced the US premiere of the Bhutan/Netherlands documentary 86 centimetres… . The announcement was also included on the dutch performing arts face book page
86 centimetres… – US premiere
18 March – 3.00 pm
Venue: National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
Documentary: 86 centimetres…
Bhutan/the Netherlands, 2012, 39 minutes
Film Directors: Tshering Gyeltshen and Peter Jan van der Burgh
Executive Producer: Henk de Jong – bhutan+partners
Director Photography: Kinzang Namgay
Camera: Chhoeku Dorji, Jamyang Thinley, Kinley Penjor