UN Resident Coordinator’s Speech on the Launch of the Report on ‘Mongolia’s Air Pollution Crisis’
Ulaanbaatar, February 22, 2018: ” I am delighted to be here today. Thank you for inviting me to this important event. Over the last 15 years, Mongolia has shown strong development progress – it entered the high Human Development Country category for the first time in 2016. However, progress is fragile with poverty reduction gains sliding back due to the economic downturn and one in three Mongolians currently living in poverty up from one in five in 2014. Experience shows that economic development without sufficient environmental and social consideration often comes at a high price: For example, exposure to air pollution is linked to around 6.5 million premature deaths globally.