UNDP and the UN
In June, the Government of Mongolia (GoM) and the United Nations (UN) signed the UN Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF) for 2017-2021. The UNDAF will guide UN support in the country over the next five years and marks a significant new chapter in the GoM-UN partnership.The UNDAF was signed by H.E.Mr.Purevsuren Lundeg, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia at an official ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The UNDAF is designed to support Mongolia in translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives of the Sustainable Development Vision-2030 (SDV) of Mongolia into actions. It is a result of the intensive consultations with participation from different national stakeholders including line ministries and civil society. The GoM and the UN Country Team in Mongolia, pledge to foster cooperation, coordination and partnership, in order to implement this UNDAF”, Minister Purevsuren acknowledged during the official ceremony.
The new UNDAF focuses on promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources, enhancing equitable access to quality social services, and fostering voice and accountability. Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator, highlighted that “the new UNDAF is an excellent opportunity for the UN system to facilitate an early take off of the SDGs in Mongolia and closely align its support behind the core aspirations of the SDV. The SDGs are ambitious and complex and require all of us including the UN to think and do development differently. We will need to work across sectors and groups in an all-of society effort. And we will need to find new ways of partnerships with the private sector as an engine of job creation and innovation and with the government to create new financing models for development”.
The new UNDAF centers on the areas of joint work where the UN system will come together as One to leverage its combined expertise for strong results. Fourteen UN specialized agencies will contribute to implementation of the new UNDAF, which is expected to amount at$79 million for joint initiatives over the five year period. In addition to this, individual UN agencies will continue to focus of areas of their mandate through their country programme and strategies.
UN agencies in Mongolia
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
- UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.UNV in Mongolia acts as an outreach arm of UN agencies to establish and strengthen partnerships with diverse stakeholders in volunteering organizations (CSVOs). Volunteerism is at the heart of active civic participation and at the root of civil society organizations. That is why UNV is committed to creating an enabling environment to promote and strengthen volunteering for and civic participation in inclusive people-centred development process in Mongolia.
The range of UNV support activities includes, but is not limited to:
- facilitating the process of national capacity building to develop favorable national policy, regulatory, fiscal, programming and institutional framework
- raising public awareness on and advocacy for volunteerism and civic participation
- taking the lead in commemorating the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December every year, In cooperation with CSVOs in Mongolia
The range of UNV support activities includes, but not limited to, facilitating the process of national capacity building to develop favorable national policy, regulatory, fiscal, programming and institutional framework and raising public awareness on and advocacy for volunteerism and civic participation. In cooperation with CSVOs in Mongolia, UNV is taking the lead in commemorating the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December every year.