Signing ceremony MOU between UB city and UNDP Mongolia: Speech by Beate TrankmannJun 2, 2016
Speech by Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
MOU between UB city and UNDP Mongolia
Date: 13p.m, 2 June’16
Venue: Ceremonial hall, 14th floor, Khangardi Tower, UB City
Honorable Mr. S. Bat-Uul, Mayor of the UB city
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure and honor to be here to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the UB city and UNDP Mongolia. This event marks the beginning of a renewed partnership and long-term collaboration between our two institutions.
It is building on past cooperation which resulted in the adoption of the UB city-specific set of the MDG indicators, improved monitoring of MDGs at local level and community development in the five city khoroos (districts).
The declaration of our continued partnership commitment comes at an opportune moment. 2016 marks the first year of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as a global call-to-action to rid the world of poverty, make sure that all people benefit from development and stop environmental degradation and climate change.
The Mongolia has recently approved its own version of the SDGs with the Mongolia 2030 Sustainable Development Vision. The SDV translates the global goals into Mongolian context. It envisions Mongolia to be one of the leading Middle Income Countries - eradicating poverty in all its forms and preserving the ecological balance while continuing to build strong and stable governance systems.
Achieving these goals in UB City, where close to half of the country’s population resides and where 60 % of its GDP is generated, will be the key to Mongolia’s development progress overall. UB city has been an engine of innovation, technology and job creation. However, not all UB residents have equally enjoyed the fruits of progress. 16.4% of Mongolia’s 21% of population below the poverty line live in UB alone.
UNDP will collaborate with UB City in leveraging its economic and development potential for the benefit of all its citizens. For a start, UNDP will support UB City in translating the National Sustainable Development Vision 2030 and the global SDGs into its own 15 year UB City Vision Document and related plans.
Over and beyond plans, UNDP also stands ready to implement jointly identified concrete initiatives that provide solutions to making growth and development more inclusive and sustainable.
The recipe for success will be concerted action of all involved – national and local governments, private sector, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations - to create jobs and livelihoods and improve the quality of life by making UB City a healthy place to live for all its citizens.
Inclusion and sustainability are at the heart of the SDGs and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. They also form the core of UNDP’s new Country programme starting next year, which focuses on two key objectives, namely:
- reducing poverty and inequality and
- reducing vulnerabilities of people caused by environmental degradation, climate change or exclusion from decision making
Let me close by saying that at UNDP we look forward to seeing the results of this partnership to contribute to a more prosperous and greener UB city for all its citizens in the years to come.