2017-2021 UNDAF LAUNCH: Remarks by Ms. B. Trankmann, UN Resident CoordinatorOct 21, 2016
2017-2021 UNDAF LAUNCH
Remarks by Ms. B. Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator
21 October 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Mr. Davaasuren, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
- Ms. Battungalag, Director of the Dept for Multilateral Cooperation, MFA
- Representatives of the Government, Development Partners, Civil Society,
- UN colleagues,
- Distinguished Guests,
It is great to be with you today as we launch the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework as part of the celebrations of the 71st anniversary of the UN.
This UNDAF, which will guide the work of the UN in Mongolia in the coming 5 years, is the result of extensive consultations with the Government and our partners. Its launch comes at an opportune moment. Not only because of the 71st anniversary. 2016 also 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.
Mongolia has approved its own version of the SDGs with the Mongolia 2030 Sustainable Development Vision. The SDV translates the global goals into the Mongolian context. It envisions Mongolia to be one of the leading Middle Income Countries - eradicating poverty, preserving its environment while continuing to build strong governance systems.
Mongolia has shown solid development progress over the last 15 years. Last year, it has been classified for the first time as a high Human Development Country. Economic progress has lifted half a million people out of poverty. But poverty remains a challenge. 1 in 5 Mongolians still live below the poverty line. And progress has been achieved at the cost of environmental degradation impacting the lives of all with the poor often bearing the brunt.
The new UNDAF provides an excellent opportunity for the UN system in Mongolia to closely align its support behind the core aspirations of the SDGs and the SDV and help the Government and all partners turn these blueprints into reality.
The new UNDAF will therefore focus on promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources, enhancing equitable access to social services, and fostering voice and accountability.
The SDGs put forward the most ambitious development agenda the world has ever seen. For countries to achieve them, we will need to think and do development differently. We will need to work across sectors and groups and apply an all of society approach involving government, private sector, civil society, academia and youth.
Likewise, for the UN in Mongolia, this means that we will need to change the way we do business. And so, this UNDAF is in many ways quite different from previous UNDAFs and presents a new approach.
It identifies the strategic contributions that the UN wants to make to development change in Mongolia. As such, it focuses on areas of joint work where UN system needs to come together as One to leverage its combined expertise for strong results.
In the context of Mongolia’s graduation to Middle Income Country status and changing ODA flows, the UN will also move away from supporting the delivery of public services. Instead, we will focus on the provision of policy and technical advice as our strength. We aim to provide the government and other stakeholders with knowledge that leads to innovation, platforms that bring global expertise and skills to develop tailor-made, evidence-based solutions to the SDGs and complex development challenges.
In doing so, we look forward to new types of partnerships with the private sector as the engine for job creation and innovation in Mongolia; and with the Government for shared financing arrangements of programmes supporting national policy priorities.
The financial envelope for the joint UN initiatives outlined in the UNDAF is estimated at $79 million over the five-year period. In addition to this, individual agencies will continue to focus on areas of their mandate through their country programmes and strategies.
Before closing let me also say that effective implementation of our new UNDAF will be impossible without strong national coordination and a robust Monitoring and Evaluation system. We look forward to establishing a high level oversight body with the Government and other key stakeholders, in addition to joint monitoring and reporting mechanisms that would allow us to monitor progress and make adjustments as we go along.
With these ingredients, we hope to build an ever more relevant UN for Mongolia. A UN that brings everyone together. A UN that generates world class policy advice and innovation. A UN that can help ensure that growth and development benefit everyone in Mongolia while protecting the environment for present and future generations.
My colleagues today will present each of the three outcome areas in greater detail to you and I look forward to your active participation in the discussions on how best to work together to achieve our common goals.
Thank you for the excellent partnership that the UN has enjoyed here over the last 55 years. We look forward to taking this partnership to new heights under the new UNDAF for a bright, prosperous and healthy future for Mongolia and all its people.