Mr. Haoliang Xu, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, arrives in Mongolia

Feb 21, 2017

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu, arrived in Mongolia on February 21st 2017, on his second official visit to the country.

The purpose of his visit is to discuss on-going and new areas of cooperation between UNDP and the Government of Mongolia in the context of the new cooperation framework 2017-2021 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet by 2030.

“I am delighted to return to Mongolia, which, despite being a small population, has made tremendous contributions to global peace and stability,” Xu said.

“Mongolia has also shown itself to be a committed global citizen, as an early adopter of the SDGs. At this critical point in the country’s development, ensuring early steps are taken towards these goals is vital. I look forward to meeting with members of the government and other development partners to discuss our next steps forward together.”

During his visit, Mr. Xu will meet with members of the Mongolian government, including Mongolian Prime Minister, Mr. Jargantulgyn Erdenebat, Foreign Minister Mr. Tsend Munkh-Orgil, Minister of Environment and Toursim, Ms. Oyunkhorol Dulamsuren. He will also give a lecture at the University of Humanities Mongolia on Feb 22nd, on the role of young people in meeting the SDGs.

He will then pay a 2-day visit to Khentii Aimag, where he will meet with Khentii Aimag Governor Mr. Navaansamdan Ganbyamba and the Chair of the local Citizens’ Representative Khural that UNDP is working with to strengthen local governance and outreach to constituencies.

Mr. Xu will see UNDP projects that aim to improve the resilience of rural communities to climate change. These include initiatives that promote management models for locally protected areas in addition to ecosystem based-adaptation measures for the protection of water sources, forests and pasture grounds, along with disaster risk management as well as the UN’s emergency response to Mongolia’s dzud winter. He will also meet with several herder families affected by the ongoing dzud in the region.

Contact information

For media contact: 

Jargalsaikhan. P. Communication Analyst, UNDP Mongolia, jargalsaikhan.purevdorj@undp.org, 327585-1133

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