A new phase of cooperation between Mongolia and the United Nations

Jun 3, 2016

The Government of Mongolia and the United Nations sign the UN Development Assistance Framework for 2017-2021

Ulaanbaatar, 3 June 2016 - The Government of Mongolia (GoM) and the United Nations (UN) signed today the UN Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF) for 2017-2021. The UNDAF will guide UN support in the country over the next five years and marks a significant new chapter in the GoM-UN partnership.

The UNDAF was signed by H.E. Mr. Purevsuren Lundeg, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia at an official ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The UNDAF is designed to support Mongolia in translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives of the Sustainable Development Vision-2030 (SDV) of Mongolia into actions. It is a result of the intensive consultations with participation from different national stakeholders including line ministries and civil society. The GoM and the UN Country Team in Mongolia, pledge to foster cooperation, coordination and partnership, in order to implement this UNDAF”, Minister Purevsuren acknowledged during the official ceremony.

The new UNDAF focuses on promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources, enhancing equitable access to quality social services, and fostering voice and accountability. Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator, highlighted that “the new UNDAF is an excellent opportunity for the UN system to facilitate an early take off of the SDGs in Mongolia and closely align its support behind the core aspirations of the SDV. The SDGs are ambitious and complex and require all of us including the UN to think and do development differently. We will need to work across sectors and groups in an all-of society effort. And we will need to find new ways of partnerships with the private sector as an engine of job creation and innovation and with the government to create new financing models for development”.

The new UNDAF centers on the areas of joint work where the UN system will come together as One to leverage its combined expertise for strong results. Fourteen UN specialized agencies will contribute to implementation of the new UNDAF, which is expected to amount at $79 million for joint initiatives over the five year period. In addition to this, individual UN agencies will continue to focus of areas of their mandate through their country programme and strategies.

The signing ceremony was attended by the government officials including Ms. B. Battungalag, Director, Department of Multilateral Cooperation and representatives from participating UN agencies in Mongolia.

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