The United Nations Institute for Training and Research Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), has offered to help with capacity building for Bhutan’s satellite imagery analysis, based on reports by Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Executive Director of UNITAR, Nikhil Seth, via Twitter.
UNOSAT is part of UNITAR, the UN’s training and research arm, and provides satellite solutions for humanitarian aid and sustainable development.
The offer is one of the outcomes of Bhutan’s 13th Round Table Meeting (RTM), which is currently being held in Thimphu, Bhutan.
Held twice per Five Year Plan period, Bhutan’s RTM aims to bolster the country’s Gross National Happiness – an index originating in Bhutan that has since inspired countries such as Thailand and the UAE to follow suit.
The theme this year, Gross National Happiness for the Global Goals, aims to discuss sustainable development, encompassing issues such as education, innovation in technology, the elimination of poverty and clean energy, in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Goals.
The meeting hosts Bhutanese government officials as well as Bhutan’s development partners, including representatives from various bodies of the UN. Present at the RTM are H.E Shamshad Akhtar, UNESCAP Executive Secretary, and Xu Haoling, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, among others.
Image courtesy of Nikhil Seth.