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Speaker Sets Tone for Second Phase of National Assembly Orientation Program

Speaker Sets Tone for Second Phase of National Assembly Orientation Program

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan alongside Resident Representative of the UNDP, Mr. Mohammad Younus, Members of Parliament, distinguished guests from UNDP and UNICEF and parliamentary staff, and participants, opened the second phase of the orientation program for Members of the National Assembly at Metta Resort Paro, today. 

In his opening remarks, the Speaker extended a warm welcome to all attendees, emphasizing the significance of the event in fostering inclusive governance and sustainable development. He expressed heartfelt gratitude to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for their invaluable partnership in organizing the program, highlighting their shared commitment to Bhutan's progress.

Reflecting on the agenda, the Speaker underscored the importance of the discussions ahead, ranging from global mega-trends to the implications of Bhutan's graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. He emphasized the relevance of each session in equipping parliamentarians with insights crucial for addressing the complex challenges of the modern era.

The comprehensive agenda covers diverse topics such as the role of parliaments in monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leveraging foresight and digital tools for inclusive governance. The presence of esteemed facilitators and experts from various fields underscores the collective commitment towards knowledge exchange and collaboration for sustainable development.

Challenging the attendees to actively engage in discussions and contribute innovative solutions, the Speaker highlighted the profound impact of legislative actions on the lives of citizens, especially the marginalized. He urged participants to leverage the platform to deepen understanding, forge partnerships, and chart a course towards a more equitable and sustainable future for Bhutan.

As the orientation program unfolds over the next three days, participants are poised to delve into dynamic discussions, gaining insights and tools to effectively fulfill their roles in shaping Bhutan's future.  The continuation of this orientation program underscores the commitment of Bhutan's leadership to promoting democracy, sustainable development, and the well-being of its citizens. The event symbolizes Bhutan's unwavering commitment to democratic processes, sustainable development, and the well-being of its citizens.

This program is jointly supported by UNDP and UNICEF.

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