United Nations Day

24 Oct 2012

UNITED NATIONS DAY

Welcome Remarks

Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordniator

 

Your Excellency, Prime Minister of Mongolia

Your Excellency, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia

Members of the Government

Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Colleagues from International Organizations

UN Colleagues

Distinguished Guests,

 

I warmly welcome you to this event to mark the United Nations day and to introduce the UN family in Mongolia to you.

 

It was 67 years ago, on 24 October 1945, that the United Nations was formally established. Today it has 193 members who are together commited to:

 

  • Maintaining international peace and security
  • Developing friendly relations among nations; and
  • Promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights across the world

United Nations Day is an occasion for all of us to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the United Nations and its family of specialized agencies.

 

Distinguished guests,

 

Mongolia is an inseparable and important member of this international community. During 51 years of membership, Mongolia has been very active and has contributed hugely to the work of the UN.

 

First and foremost I would like to acknowledge Mongolia’s contribution to peace and security. Since 1999, it has regularly contributed troops to peacekeeping operations in hot spots around the world. Today, there are over 900 Mongolian troops deployed in key missions such as those in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the country ranks among the top ten contributors to peacekeeping around the world.

 

But it is not only peacekeeping where Mongolia stands out. The country has either spearheaded or strongly influenced many global decisions and initiatives, such as the establishment of the Landlocked Developing Countries group, or its membership in  the UN Statistical Commission through which it hosts the Ulaanbaatar city group on “Statistics for economies based on natural resources.”

 

These are just to name a few. More importantly, I would like to highlight a few areas where Mongolia has set a very good example for the world in the work that was done in the country to promote development and human rights.

 

First of all, Mongolia has made the Millennium Development Goals the basis for the country’s National Development Strategy. This demonstrates its commitment to utilize internationally recognized targets and standards for overcoming key development challenges in the country. Furthermore, Mongolia is the first country in the world that came up with an MDG 9 that focuses on governance and human rights.

 

Realizing the importance of environment on the lives and livelihoods of its citizens, Mongolia has also been very active in addressing sustainable development. A very good example of this is the establishment of a Ministry of Environment and Green Development (a relatively new concept) and its elevation to core Ministry status. Another example is from the Rio summit this year, where the President of Mongolia, Mr. Elbegdorj was awarded the much coveted “UN Environment Programme 2012 Champions of the Earth” award for his leadership in policy and for delivering on promises to put the environment at the forefront of policies.

 

Similarly, very recently the Government was awarded FAO’s World Food Day medal for all their achievements in progressing food security in the country.

 

There are many such examples where Mongolia stands out in the UN and beyond.

 

Distinguished Guests,

 

The UN agencies in Mongolia have enjoyed a very strong and fruitful collaboration with the Government and all other partners: civil society, international organizations, media, private sector, academia over the years. Our work is based on human rights principles, not only civil and political rights but also economic, social and cultural rights that form the normative basis for all UN work around the world. In Mongolia our goal is to work with all partners to achieve inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for all the citizens of the country, both today and in the future.

 

Our current cooperation programme, which my colleague, the Representative of UNFPA will shortly explain to you, centers around the achievement of the MDGs.

 

The MDGs expire in 2015. Mongolia has achieved much since they first launched in the year 2000. But there are still some key areas where Mongolia still remains behind: poverty reduction, gender equality and environmental sustainability. We have less than 3 years to achieve all the targets in these areas. There is little time and much remains to be done. At this meeting, I would like to call on all of you, senior members of government, influential politicians and officials alike, to make the MDGs your business, your personal goal over the next 3 years. We can accelerate progress and we can achieve the goals. As always, the UN is here to work with you to make that happen. We count on your leadership!

 

I would also like to invite you to proactively think and plan for a post 2015 development framework. In this regard, we welcome the Government’s decision to establish a Ministry of Economic Development to oversee development planning and coordinate all key cross-sectoral themes. We also welcome the newly established National Committee on Sustainable Development chaired by the Prime Minister that will put environment and human development at the forefront of all development decisions. We look forward to working with these bodies as well as all the line Ministries and agencies, to ensure Mongolia builds on the progress achieved through the MDGs and continues to address persistent inequalities and new challenges that the country and its people may face in the years to follow.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Our motto this year is the “the UN works for You”. I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in the country to say that the UN stands ready to work for Mongolia. Through our ability to reach global expertise on all development issues, our impartiality and our strong partnerships, we look forward to working with all of you in support of a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable Mongolia.

 

I would like to thank the Government of Mongolia again for hosting the event and would like to invite everybody to visit the UN agency’s stands and participate in our reception to celebrate the UN Day.

 

Thank you and enjoy the rest of our event today.