UNDP is committed to help Mongolia to achieve national MDGs through capacity development, knowledge sharing, forging partnerships and policy dialogue.
What UNDP does in Mongolia
For more than three decades since opening its office in Mongolia, UNDP has worked to build the foundations of enduring equitable and sustainable development for the benefit of all Mongolians. UNDP is committed to helping Mongolia achieve its nine national Millennium Development Goals through capacity-building, knowledge-sharing, forging partnerships, and policy dialogue.
At the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000, the 189 member states put “development” firmly at the heart of the global agenda by adopting the Millennium Declaration that espoused the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs focus on eight key areas and set clear targets for developing global partnerships to reduce poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, child and maternal mortality, environmental degradation, and gender inequality by 2015.
In 2005, the Parliament of Mongolia adopted the MDGs through a resolution and added a country-specific MDG9 to “Foster Democratic Governance and Strengthen Human Rights” focusing on three additional targets: respect for Human Rights, freedom of media, rights to information; to promote democratic values and zero tolerance towards corruption. The resolution directs the Government of Mongolia to monitor and evaluate the implementation progress of the MDGs.
In meeting its national MDGs, Mongolia faces unique challenges that require context-specific initiatives reflecting the distinctive nature of Mongolia’s cultural, social, economic, environmental and governmental landscape. UNDP focuses its efforts in the following three principal areas.
Democratic Governance and Human rights
– UNDP provides its support to the country’s ongoing democratic consolidation through promoting greater participation of men and women at all levels of governance. Upholding and mainstreaming human rights, increasing government accountability, transparency and effectiveness, improving citizens’ access to justice and decision-making are also the focus of UNDP’s interventions. In addition, it helps the Government of Mongolia develop a greater capacity at all levels of administration to deliver basic services to men and women in need.
Human Development and Poverty Reduction
– It involves a range of initiatives aimed at promoting integration of poverty reduction and human development into macroeconomic policies and strategies, strengthening capacity of local communities, bridging the growing gap between the rich and poor, and increasing the country’s trade potential to help end Mongolia’s high aid-dependency and widen the existing narrow economic base.
Sustainable Natural Resource Management
– It covers achieving a balance between environmental protection and economic development, given the fragility of Mongolia’s environment and high dependence of people’s livelihoods on nature and natural resources.
| UNDP’s role in the UN’s Country team in Mongolia
UNDP coordinates operational activities of the UN in Mongolia. In partnership with the Government of Mongolia, civil society, academia and the donor community, United Nations Country Team developed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Mongolia for 2007-2011, a strategic programming framework for the UN system to support the national priorities and goals of Mongolia in 2007-2011.
Past Cooperation with Mongolia
UNDP opened its representative office in Ulaanbaatar in 1973, after more than a decade of successful cooperation with Mongolia.
Through policy advice and financial resources, all in the form of grants, we support the Government and the people with a large variety of development programmes and projects. We also administer the United Nations Volunteers Programme.
Through partnership with government, civil society, the private sector and donors, we support the attainment of Mongolia’s vision of national development.
For the past UNDP programme period of 2002-2006, US$ 29 million had been contributed on a grant basis to support development in Mongolia.
Under the current Country Programme Document and Country Programme Action Plan for the period of 2007-2011, UNDP Mongolia will contribute USD 24.6 million on a grant basis to provide support to the four UNDAF outcomes through the following five programme components:
- Achieving the MDGs and reducing human poverty
- Democracy, Accountability and Transparency
- Access to justice and human rights
- Energy and environmental sustainability
- Crisis prevention and recovery