National Consultation on the Post 2015 Development Agenda: Engaging with the private sector, Speech by Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator

17 Jun 2014

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NATIONAL CONSULTATION ON THE POST 2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA:

ENGAGING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR

UN House, Ulaanbaatar - 17 June 2014

Speech by Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator

  • H.E. Mr. Demberel, Member of Parliament and Chairman of Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
  • Representatives of the Business Community in Mongolia
  • Development Partners, Members of the UN Country Team
  • Distinguished Guests

On behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Mongolia, I am truly happy to welcome you all to this National Consultation with the Private Sector to discuss the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

Let me start out with a short explanation of what the Post 2015 agenda is all about:

[In the year 2000, 189 countries of the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a set of 8 goals, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the aim of ensuring a more prosperous and just world for everyone.  These seemingly simple but very powerful goals aimed at such things as halving the number of people who live in poverty and reducing child mortality. They fast became a rallying force across the world for governments and regular people alike to promote development that is equitable and sustainable.

Mongolia is one of those countries who have wholeheartedly embraced the MDGs and even developed a 9th Goal on Governance and Human Rights as well as formulating an MDG based Comprehensive National Development Strategy which continues to be implemented. ]

The MDGs are coming to an end in the year 2015.  In the 14 years that they have been in force, countries have had successes in many of the MDGs but there is still a lot more that needs to be done. Based on recent assessments, Mongolia is on its way to achieve 70% of the targets it had set for itself.

As we reach the 2015 deadline, the UN has spearheaded a global effort that reached out to people from all over the world and from all walks of life to hear their voices and come up with a new “development agenda for the world”. This conversation has been going on since 2012 and is already captured in number of reports and is already helping shape a new set of goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs). For more information on these, I invite you to look at the background information in the hall.

The UN agencies in Mongolia supported a series of consultations throughout 2012 and 2013 with various stakeholders such as young people and local level citizens on the Post 2015 agenda. The results of these dialogues have already been shared with the General Assembly.

This year we are doing a second round of consultations – and the target group this time is the Private Sector. Hence your presence in this meeting today!

The UN believes in the private sector. The private sector generates jobs, private sector brings innovation, private sector fuels growth – private sector is good for poverty reduction! This is especially true of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

But the Private Sector also has responsibilities. Just like the government, just like other sectors of society, it needs to ensure equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth. It is for all these reasons that the Private Sector should have a voice in shaping the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

In the consultation today, we would like to hear from you what kind of a world des the private sector wants to see in the future? Maybe more importantly, we would like to understand how the Private Sector can contribute to inclusive and sustainable development. What is their role in ensuring equitable and green development? How can they support SMEs and contribute to a country’s development?

Your answers, the conversation today will be captured in a report that will be submitted to the UN Secretary General.  Your voice will be carried to the global agenda and help shape the world we all want after 2015.

Thank you for accepting our invitation to come.

Thank you also to our co-host, Mr. Demberel and the the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The UN has been partners with the Chamber in a number of programmes in the past. They are also the lead national agency for the UN Global Compact – which brings together over 100 companies in Mongolia to embrace universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption and achieve common objectives in building a sustainable and inclusive Mongolian economy.

Thank you also to our other partners the CEO club, the Business Council of Mongolia, and who have all contributed to organizing this event.

I am especially happy to welcome today Mr. Haoliang Xu. He is on an official visit to Mongolia and has already had very productive meetings with several key Ministers. This Dialogue is an opportunity for us to hear from him more about the global Post 2015 discussions and also why this meeting with the private sector is so important. Welcome sir!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This meeting today is one of two that will be organized this month. There will be a second one in the end of the month to look further into issues of transparent and accountable business. I take this opportunity to already invite you to that meeting which is once again being organized by the Chamber and the UN.

I wish you all a fruitful meeting and with that, I invite Mr. Demberel to make his opening speech to the podium.