The Round Table Meeting (RTM) between the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and its development partners is an important forum for policy dialogue and aid coordination. It is also an occasion to discuss common interests and issues, and to strengthen cooperation.
Initiated in the early 1980s, the RTM is typically held twice over the course of a Five Year Plan (FYP) period: once prior to the launch of a new FYP, to sensitize development partners on Bhutan’s development strategies, priorities and programmes over the upcoming Plan period; and once at around midway through the implementation of the ongoing FYP period, to review progress, make adjustments and reprioritize programmes as may be necessary.
The 13th RTM is scheduled to take place from 15-16 March 2017, at a time when the 11th FYP is more than halfway through implementation and the 12th FYP is under formulation. With the theme “Gross National Happiness for the Global Goals”, the 13th RTM will take stock of development progress to date, review challenges, and work on strategies to ensure the full alignment of development assistance for achievement of national priorities and Global Goals.
In September 2015, Bhutan along with other UN Member States adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With a set of 17 goals and 169 associated targets that are integrated and indivisible encompassing social, economic and environment issues these Global Goals set important standards for society as a whole to aspire and adhere to. The global community’s acceptance of this much broader and inclusive development agenda is significant for a nation that has long championed the need for a higher purpose to development, as expressed by its Gross National Happiness vision.
Thus the 13th RTM has the following objectives:
1) Increase awareness of the progress made during the 11th FYP period, and of the opportunities and remaining challenges;
2) Recognize and highlight the contribution of partners and strengthen existing engagement and reassess resource gaps and reaffirm commitment to the socio-economic development of Bhutan
The 13th RTM will be co-chaired by Lyonpo Damcho Dorji,Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Haoliang Xu, the UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific.
|Area (sq. km)||38,394|
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|Health Coverage (%)||90|
|Access to safe drinking water (%)||95|