New country programme for Mongolia to boost sustainable development

Sep 22, 2016

The Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme approved the Country Programme for Mongolia for the period 2017-2021 in New York.

The new programme will promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Mongolia and support the country in making the transformation towards more inclusive and sustainable development pathways leveraging the potential of its vast mineral wealth.

With a budget of US $ 50million the new programme will promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Mongolia and support the country in making the transformation towards more inclusive and sustainable development pathways leveraging the potential of its vast mineral wealth. It will focus on two interlinked objectives: i) reducing poverty and inequality and ii) decreasing vulnerability and marginalisation. In order to achieve this, UNDP will work with local communities to protect their livelihoods by strengthening natural resource management and make them more resilient to climate change.

Reducing Mongolia’s carbon foot print will be one of the measures to create a healthier living environment for people especially those living in Ulaanbaatar and urban areas while moving towards a more climate sustainable future. In the SDG spirit of leaving no one behind, UNDP will support Mongolia in making institutions more responsive and enable people to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

“We commend Mongolia as an early adopter of the global SDGs and stand ready to assist the Mongolian Government over the next five years in realizing this vital agenda,” said UNDP’s Resident Representative, Beate Trankmann.

“With the current economic slowdown amid slumping commodities prices, and with roughly one in five Mongolians still living in poverty, realizing sustainable, equitable development in Mongolia is more important than ever,” she added.

UNDP will provide technical expertise and policy advice to identify development options and map sustainable pathways. It will also promote development cooperation with other countries, including bringing global best practices to Mongolia, as well as act as a connector domestically, giving communities and non-government actors a greater voice in their nation’s development. 

About UNDP in Mongolia

For more than 40 years, UNDP has worked for equitable and sustainable development for the benefit of all people in Mongolia. UNDP is committed to helping the Government and the people of Mongolia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other development priorities through capacity development, knowledge sharing, partnerships, and policy dialogue. www.mn.undp.org

To see the full UNDP Mongolia Country Programme Document (2017-2021), click here: Final document

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