United Nations 70th Anniversary: Remarks by Ms.B.Trankmann,UN Resident Coordinator,Mongolia

Oct 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS 70th Anniversary

Remarks by Ms. B. Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator

Reception with the Counterparts

27 OCTOBER 2015

UN House

Excellency Mr. Bayartsogt, Chief of Cabinet Secretariat

Representatives of the Government, Development Partners, Civil Society, UN colleagues

Distinguished Guests,

Very good evening to all!

Welcome to UN house and thank you for joining us here today to celebrate a special birthday - the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.  

Today is also a special day for Mongolia. 54 years ago to the day, Mongolia became the 101st member country of the UN.

I would like to thank Mongolia for its valuable contributions to UN affairs and the important support to UN peacekeeping operations. Let me also take the opportunity to recognize the strong and trusted cooperation that the Government of Mongolia extends to UN agencies and programmes here in country.

Ladies and gentlemen,

At 70, the UN does not feel the burden of the years. We rather feel more energized than ever after an amazing year 2015.

This year has been a once in a generation year in international development marked by four defining global conferences: the world conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, the Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development and the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December to agree on binding targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  

And just last month, world leaders meeting at the United Nations in New York adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - setting out the global priorities for people and planet.

The SDGs are a call to action to end global poverty, fight inequality, protect the planet and create peaceful and prosperous societies without leaving anyone behind.

They take forward the unfinished business of the MDGs. At the same time, they put forward a more comprehensive blueprint for global development and build on the lessons learnt from the MDGs.

  • Importantly they focus on reducing inequality in addition to eradicating poverty. 70% of the people in Asia Pacific for example live in societies that are more unequal today than they were in 1990.
  • They put sustainability at the core as climate change and environmental degradation pose unprecedented threats to humanity
  • And they emphasise the promotion of the rule of law and the creation of strong and accountable institutions equipped to govern peaceful and inclusive societies.

The SDGs are therefore about the way we live, behave, invest, do business, produce and consume.

Acknowledging that changes will need to take place in all countries for prosperity to be shared and planetary boundaries to be respected, the SDGs are also a universal agenda that applies to all countries – developed and developing alike. This conveys a strong message that development is not something that happens to somebody else somewhere else.

Now, finalizing global agendas is one thing; implementing them is yet another. Successful implementation will depend on all of us. Inclusive partnership is the only way to deliver SDGs effectively and we are looking forward to working with all of you, government counterparts, development partners, civil society and private sector. We count on your commitment in making the 2030 development agenda a reality.

To implement the SDG agenda the UN will follow an approach called MAPS – it is of course always good to have a map when entering unchartered territory. In this case, MAPS is an acronym and stands for Mainstreaming the SDGs into national and local development plans and budgets, Accelerating SDG implementation and providing the necessary Policy Support to analyse gaps and define priorities for action.

Ladies and gentlemen,

This year is also a special one for the UN family here in Mongolia as we are developing our new five year UN Development Assistance Framework to start in 2017. In full alignment with the SDGs, the new framework will focus on three priorities namely: i) promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources; ii) enhancing equitable access to quality social services, iii) fostering voice and accountability.

The SDGs require us to change the way we work and to become more relevant and fit for purpose in delivering the new agenda.

With Mongolia’s graduation to an upper Middle Income country, we will need to increasingly work at the upstream policy level. We need to be able to provide the government and other stakeholders with innovation and solutions to “sticky” and emerging development challenges. It is our brains and ideas that will need to be our branding.

We will also need to change our partnership models and models of engagement. As the UN system we need to work more closely together moving increasingly towards joint initiatives and programmes.  We have to become ever more cost efficient, coherent and better coordinated to effectively deliver on scarce development resources. We will therefore be operating under a common management, programming and monitoring framework in order to “Deliver as One” for the SDGs and Mongolia.

In doing so, we look forward to new types of partnerships including new financial burden sharing arrangements with the Government and new partnerships with the private sector as a key actor that drives development and job creation and innovation in Mongolia.

 Ladies and Gentlemen,

The United Nations in Mongolia sees it as our main priority to support Mongolia in ensuring that economic growth and development progress are truly inclusive and equitable while at the same time safeguarding its natural resources for future generations. This is at the very core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

To conclude, we are striving to build an ever more relevant UN for Mongolia. A UN that has open doors and that brings everyone together. A UN that generates top notch and timely policy advice and innovation. A UN that has the trust to work on difficult and complex issues. In short, a UN for Mongolia and the SDGs.

We need to seize this opportunity before us.

We can be the first generation that ends poverty. We are also likely to be the last generation to save the planet from irreversible climate change.   

With this, I wish all of us a very Happy UN Day!

Thank you.

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