United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing a project to support the implementation of the SDGs in Mongolia. The project will support the national mechanisms for coordination of SDGs implementation, alignment of national planning, budgeting, financing and monitoring frameworks with the Agenda 2030, and relevant capacity building and advocacy efforts.
The SDGs are a universal agenda of sustainable development, calling on all nations to pursue a holistic strategy that combines economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires collaboration and partnership of multiple parties, including central and local government, non-government organizations, media and the private sector.
The UN continued to lead the SDGs mainstreaming and localization in collaboration with relevant ministries, National Development Agency, National Statistics Office, Ulaanbaatar City Municipality, provincial governments, research institutions and the media.
On the communications side, the UN System has been jointly contributing in an awareness campaign to promote the SDGs among the public. The campaign strategy covered a series of activities on media engagement, production, and dissemination of advocacy material, organization of events, promotion of digital and youth engagement, in addition to capacity building. Different media vehicles were strategically and consistently engaged through meetings and orientation on subjects related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The type of engagement resulted, for example, in interviews with UNREAD, Undesnii Shudan, and Bloomberg TV. In addition, a leading magazine, called Mongolian Observer, did a cover story on UN work and SDGs, for which 17 pages were dedicated to show the importance of those goals to the national context. Aligned with related initiatives, Mongolian National Broadcast (MNB) and UB Post also created and disseminated programmes and articles on SDG-related activities.
Mongolia, along with other UN Member States, has adopted the SDGS Agenda 2030 in 2015, signalting its commitment to sustainable development. Mongolia's long-tern sustainable development concept 2030 (SDV) developed and adopted by the Parliament in February 2016 using the SDGS Agenda 2030 as its overarching framework. The Parliament also had approved the Development policy and planning law which will serve as a legal basis for policy coordination and accountability for implemenling long, medium and short term policies in Mongolia. The proposed project will aim to assist the Government in effective implementation of the SDGS and the SDV in Mongolia by providing technlcal assistance and capacity building support. The support will be centred on strengthening whole-of government and society approach for translating 2030 Agenda and Mongolia's long term vision into action. The proposed project is taking a phased approach whereby Phase lwill focus on assessments for effective implementation of the SDGS and the SDV in Mongolia and to use findings from assessments to develop a comprehensive road map for the SOGs and SDV implementation and a full project document to support the road map implementation will be developed to guide the Phase ll. During Phase l, SDG 'accelerators' will also be identified which will help focus UNDP's support to the implementation of the SDGS 2030 Agenda in Mongolia on specific SDGS and sustainable development priorities. Phase I will also provide the building blocks for setting up a platform for supporting the implementation of the SDGS 2030 Agenda encouraging all development partners, and in particular the UN, to align their support under one umbrella and approach.