The Millennium Development Goals Implementation: The Fourth National Report 2011
The Fourth National Report on MDG Implementation was based on official statistical data and was compiled with the participation of non-government
organizations, incorporating the ideas and comments of researchers and academia. As such, it can be regarded as publicly inclusive document, which depicts diverse views on development policies and actions.
The government of Mongolia, specifically the National Development and Innovation Committee from the first day of its operation, has concentrated efforts on MDG implementation with a specific focus on the goals and targets which are lagging behind, and reflecting activities and measures in the policy documents to accelerate their achievement by the 2015. For instance, policy documents like, Mongolia Socio-Economic Development Guidelines for 2011 was produced, submitted and approved by the State Great Khural (the Parliament of Mongolia) as well the Mongolia Draft Economic and Social Development Priorities for 2012-2016 submitted for the Government approval. These policy documents focused mainly on human development, particularly combating poverty and reducing unemployment, improving access to better quality education and health services, as well as narrowing interregional development disparities. However, this Fourth National Report reveals that there rooms for improvements in area of the MDG implementation and strengthening efforts to accomplish our goals.
One main concern is that the poverty rate is not reducing substantially and employment generation is lagging despite the rapid economic growth over the last couple of years. Therefore, we should focus on improving the living standards of the entire population, generating more jobs, increasing productivity and subsequently deliver equal and accessible growth in wages and income. To address these concerns the Government’s policy priorities focus on the implementation of major mining projects and programs, infrastructure development and sound management of the mining proceeds, SME promotion as well as ensuring macroeconomic stability.
It is encouraging to note from this Report that goals and targets concerning maternal, infant as well as under-five mortality, as well as targets concerning primary education and tuberculosis fighting are expected to be met and some even over-achieved. The Government of Mongolia provided strong support to the production of this Report. The Steering Committee comprising the top management of the line ministries and chaired by the NDIC Chairman was formed, and it was supported by the Working Groups consisting the various sectoral specialists and experts. The NDIC has coordinated the overall report compilation. The UNDP Resident Mission, UNFPA and other UN organizations have provided technical and financial support within the framework of their projects and programs, which played crucial role in production of the Report. Let me express my special gratitude to these organizations, especially to Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia.