Visit of Mr. Haoliang Xu, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific to Mongolia

Feb 16, 2017

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu, will visit Mongolia on February 21-25, 2017, his second official visit to the country.

The objective of his visit is to discuss on-going and new areas of cooperation between UNDP and the Government of Mongolia in the context of the new cooperation framework 2017-2021 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet by 2030.

During his visit, Mr. Xu will meet with members of the Mongolian government, including Mongolian Prime Minister, Mr. Jargantulgyn Erdenebat, Foreign Minister and Mr. Tsend Munkh-Orgil, among others. He will also give a lecture at the University of Humanities Mongolia on Feb 22nd, on the role of young people in meeting the SDGs.

He will then pay a 2-day visit to Khentii Aimag, where he will meet with Khentii Aimag Governor Mr. Navaansamdan Ganbyamba and the Chair of the local Citizens’ Representative Khural, which UNDP is working with to strengthen local governance and outreach to constituencies.

He will also see UNDP projects that aim to improve the resilience of rural communities to climate change. These include initiatives that promote management models for locally protected areas in addition to ecosystem based-adaptation measures for the protection of water sources, forests and pasture grounds, along with disaster risk management as well as the UN’s emergency response to Mongolia’s dzud winter. He will also meet with several herder families affected by the ongoing dzud in the region.

The visit provides an opportunity to discuss key challenges now facing Mongolia, including how to ensure further advances in human development amidst the recent economic slowdown, and how future growth can benefit all people in Mongolia, while protecting the environment for future generations. 

Contact information

For media contact:  Jargalsaikhan. P. Communication Analyst, UNDP Mongolia,, 327585-1133


Haoliang Xu Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Haoliang Xu was appointed Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific by the United Nations Secretary-General in September 2013.

Previously, Mr. Xu was Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York since 2010. 

Prior to this, he served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan (2007-2010); Country Director in Pakistan (2005-2007); Deputy Resident Representative for Programme, Pakistan (2004-2005); Country Manager and Senior Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Timor-Leste (2002-2004); Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Iran (2000-2002); Programme Manager, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, New York (1997-1999); Programme Officer/Junior Professional Officer, UNDP Kazakhstan (1997-1999).

Mr. Xu was a consultant for the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) working as Associate Project Management Officer in the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, New York (1994-1995); and as a Research Assistant with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in New York (1994).

Before joining the UN, Mr. Xu was a computer-aided design engineer with Louis Berger International Inc. in New Jersey and an assistant lecturer at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

Mr. Xu, a Chinese national, holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, and a Masters’ of Science in Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology (USA). He also holds a Masters’ of International Affairs in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Columbia University (USA).


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