UNDP spotlights gender equality as a vehicle for a just energy transition in Mongolia

April 16, 2024
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Ulaanbaatar, 16 April 2024 – UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Mongolia hosted a multi-stakeholder dialogue on “Green and Just Energy Transition as Vehicle for Gender Equality” among key stakeholders for Mongolia’s energy transition. The diverse participants, including representatives from the government, development partners, and civil society organizations, identified and shared experiences on key gender equality and clean energy nexus areas, emphasizing the importance of gender equality for a just energy transition.

The meeting featured a high-level panel discussion featuring Mr. Enkhtuvshin Ganbaatar, Director of Strategy and Planning Division, Ministry of Energy of Mongolia, H.E. Ms.Axelle Nicaise, Ambassador of the European Union to Mongolia, H.E. Mr.Sebastian Surun, Ambassador of the French Republic to Mongolia, H.E. Ms.Sandra Choufani, Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia and Mr. Hannes A. Takacs, Country Director of EBRD in Mongolia. The discussion focused on sectoral policies for green energy transition and promoting women's participation in green jobs and climate finance. 

Ms. Nominchimeg Odsuren, Deputy Governor of Ulaanbaatar City overseeing the Social Sector, Green Development, Air and Environmental Pollution, expressed her thoughts on the partnership and stated "Our collaboration with UNDP is a cornerstone in our efforts to tackle the interconnected challenges of air pollution and energy access at policy and implementation levels. By prioritizing renewable energy and gender equality, we are laying the groundwork for sustainable development that benefits all citizens, particularly those in our city's ger districts."

Just energy transition is crucial for health, education, and economic prosperity around the world including in Mongolia and it can also be a catalyst for gender equality and vice versa. During the dialogue, Ms. Ana Victoria Rojas, UNDP’s Global Senior Energy and Gender Specialist, presented on how UNDP works together with countries to bridge gender disparities in access to modern, sustainable energy, by enhancing women's economic empowerment, reducing time poverty, involving women in energy governance, and fostering knowledge for a gender-equal energy transition.

In Mongolia, UNDP is jointly implementing the "Supporting Renewable Energy Transition in Ger Districts for Increased Livelihood Benefits" project, in partnership with Ulaanbaatar city and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, supported by the Government of French Republic. The project aims to address air pollution in Ulaanbaatar by installing renewable energy-based heating systems in households, with a particular emphasis on supporting single-woman-led households and incorporating clean technology solutions through innovative climate finance and national carbon market development.

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Ms. Matilda Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia, stated "UNDP is dedicated to supporting Mongolia’s just energy transition, where gender equality is not just an objective but a driving force. By integrating women's perspectives and leadership in the energy sector, we aim to ensure that this transition benefits every member of the community, setting a blueprint for inclusive development."

During the event, a knowledge-sharing session also took place where representatives from UNDP, GIZ, USAID, and Asia Foundation shared experiences and lessons learned while collectively discussing the challenges of implementing renewable energy projects in Mongolia.


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Delgermaa Altangerel | Communications Consultant | UNDP in Mongolia | Delgermaa.altangerel@undp.org