Staff reporter

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bhutan’s membership of United Nations, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering hosted a reception yesterday. Bhutan was formally admitted on 21st September, 1971, as the 128th member of the UN.  

Speaking at the reception, the Prime Minister said that it was exactly seven months ago, coinciding with the 41st birth anniversary of His Majesty The King that the commemoration of this historic milestone took off from the Memorial Choeten in Thimphu. 

“It was an auspicious location given Bhutan’s membership in the UN was possible due to the perseverance and wisdom of His Late Majesty the Third King to whom we humbly pay our tribute,” he said.  

Lyonchhen also launched a limited-edition collectable commemorative stamp and a coffee table book called “Reflections and Beyond – The Story of Bhutan and the UN”. 

The book contains a collection of photographs and written contributions from notable individuals who helped shape Bhutan’s journey with the UN. 

The winners of a national youth essay competition with the theme “50 years of partnership: Bhutan and the UN for a better future” were declared during the reception.

Edited by Tshering Palden