His Majesty The King conferred the Druk Thuksey medal to the United Nations in Bhutan during the 114th National Day celebration at Tashichhodzong on 17 December.
The Druk Thuksey has been conferred to the United Nations Office in Bhutan in recognition of its exceptional service to the Nation as an important partner in Bhutan’s socio-economic development.
This year, Bhutan and the United Nations celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Bhutan’s membership as the 128th member of the United Nations Organization – a historic event in Bhutan’s journey as a modern nation-state.
The Office of the United Nations in Bhutan with 128 personnel across its 31 Agencies has worked with the Royal Government to take forward Bhutan’s development goals. It has played an important role in supporting Bhutan’s response to the most pressing challenges of our time – the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change.
In both these areas, Bhutan has emerged as a beacon of hope in the region and the world. Just as the battle against the pandemic cannot be won in isolation, the threats of climate change also requires states to come together through international cooperation. Sharing of resources and expertise between the member states of the UN is needed now more than ever.