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  • Inclusive participation through volunteerism in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda Opening remarks by Mr. Thomas Eriksson, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP MongoliaJun 15, 2015First of all, thank you very much to all of you for participating in today’s consultation workshop on volunteerism. I am very pleased to open today’s consultation on behalf of UN Volunteers (UNV) programme and UNDP. Volunteers are central to the future development agenda of any country and of the world – the SDGs. I will highlight this in three ways:

  • Award given for the best environmental journalism of 2015Jun 15, 2015In view of the World Environment Day, the 2015 competition on the best environmental media products was organized by “Green World” Environmental Journalism Club of the Press Institute of Mongolia in cooperation with UNDP Mongolia. UNDP supported the competition through its two projects implemented jointly with the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism: “Ecosystem Based Adaptation Approach to Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments in Mongolia” and “Mongolia’s Network of Managed Resources Protected Areas”.

  • Discussing volunteerism at the national levelJun 15, 2015Today, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), Network of Mongolia Volunteer Organizations (NMVO) and Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS), Mongolian Youth Federation (MYF) jointly organized a National Consultation Workshop on Volunteerism in the UN House, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Workshop brought together participants from the government, civil society, volunteering organizations and private sector partners.

  • National Consultaton Meeting on VolunteerismJun 10, 2015In previous years Mongolia witnessed progressive dialogues and cooperative efforts towards the enabling environment creation for volunteerism promotion in the country, which was led by the Office of the President of Mongolia and civil society partners. Currently there are many more promising discussions going on in relation to promotion of volunteerism, civic engagement and youth roles in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) not only at the national level but also at regional and global level.

  • Opening remarks at the XIII Asia Youth Council Assembly: One AsiaMay 19, 2015“The leaders of tomorrow must be heard today.” This is what the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon said at the Global Forum on Youth Policies in Azerbaijan in October last year. You are the leaders of tomorrow. You must have a voice today.

  • HIGH LEVEL DEVELOPMENT DIALOGUE ON STRENGTHENING THE COHERENCE BETWEEN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT May 11, 2015Three years ago, UNDP set out to organize a series of meetings, called the Development Dialogues, with the aim of sparking discussion and debate on key development issues in Mongolia. The Development Dialogues have since expanded to the larger UN family. And today, on behalf of the whole UN Country Team in Mongolia, I am very happy to welcome you to this High Level Development Dialogue – the 11th in our series - to discuss the linkages between Disaster Risk Reduction and Development.

  • Opening Speech by Sezin Sinanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative:Consultative Meeting on Best Practices and Initiatives of Information TransparencyDec 24, 2014Access to information and freedom of expression are international human rights norms and as such underpin many human rights declarations and covenants. Article 19 of both the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that the right to freedom of expression includes not only freedom to ‘impart information and ideas of all kinds’, but also freedom to ‘seek’ and ‘receive’ them ‘regardless of frontiers’ and in whatever medium.

  • International Volunteer Day 2014 Dec 3, 2014The IVD mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. The purpose of the IVD is to recognize the commitment of volunteers and volunteer organizations, to inform people about the impact of volunteering on peace and sustainable development, and to applaud volunteers for their dedication and impact. In particular, IVD 2014 recognizes and celebrates volunteerism, with a special focus on honoring people’s participation in making a difference at all levels: locally, nationally and globally.

  • “Peace Studies in the 21st Century and Mongolia” International ConferenceOct 24, 2014It is a great pleasure to be with you today. First of all, I would like to congratulate the organizers for organizing the first international research conference on peace studies in Mongolia. And a warm welcome to the participants from Japan, Korea, Canada, Russia, and of cause Mongolia. Every year the world marks the United Nations Day on the 24th October. I am especially honored to discuss about PEACE today. United Nations was established in 1945 after the Second World War. Its ultimate goal is to promote peace and security and to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in the last century has brought untold sorrow to mankind.

  • Mongolian LGBT People Face Social Stigma and Violence Despite Policy Changes: Comprehensive UN-USAID Country ReportOct 22, 2014Mongolia’s first report assessing the challenges for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities reveals they still face discrimination despite significant government policy changes that protect their rights. There is still societal homophobia and transphobia and LGBT people encounter social stigma and even violence in various settings such as families, employment, health care and public areas.

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