In a joint ceremony on 10 January 2012, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed their 2012-2016 Country Programme Action Plans (CPAPs) with the Government of Mongolia.
The CPAPs were developed in close collaboration with [UNDP and UNFPA’s respective] partners in the government and the civil society and describe planned cooperation results and activities in support of the Government’s National Development Strategy and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Both CPAPs are based on the principles of national ownership, capacity development, gender equality, human rights based approaches and results based programming. Focus on vulnerable groups such as women, youth and the disabled are priorities in the new programme cycle.
Signing on behalf of the Government, H.E. Mr. Zandanshatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated that “I am confident that the Country Programme Action Plans for 2012-2016 between the Government of Mongolia and United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Population Fund will fully achieve its set goals. Taking this opportunity I would like to assure the Mongolian Government’s full support and close cooperation with the United Nations towards successfully implementing these actions plans”.
In the signing ceremony, Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative, expressed UNDP’s commitment to working with the Government and people of Mongolia in accelerating progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and in translating economic growth to tangible and sustainable benefits for all Mongolian people.
The UNDP Country Programme Action Plan is organized around three thematic areas (1) poverty reduction and achievement of MDGs, (2) democratic governance, and (3) environment and sustainable development with a resource base of USD 28 million for 2012-2016.
Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin, UNFPA Representative, noted, “As Mongolia becomes a middle income country, many donors have closed their grant support doors. Not so for the UN, who see a new opportunity to make Mongolian economic growth really work for the people.” She recommitted UNFPA’s support to the full implementation of the International Conference on Population Plan of Action (ICPD PoA) in Mongolia.
The UNFPA Country Programme Action Plan has three main outcomes, (1) Population and Development; (2) Sexual and Reproductive Health; (3) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with a financial portfolio of USD 14 million for 2012-2016. The programme will focus on aimags lagging behind on maternal/newborn and STI indicators.
Country Programme Action Plans for 2012-2016
Speech by Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative at CPAP signing ceremony
Dear Minister Zandanshatar,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great pleasure that I am introducing UNDP’s Country Programme Action Plan – CPAP – that will be signed here today. The headline of the UNDP Programme is “Inclusive sustainable growth”.
UNDP is fully commitment to working with the Government and people of Mongolia in accelerating progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and in translating economic growth to tangible and sustainable benefits for all Mongolian people. Mongolia has a unique chance to achieve development progress that is almost unprecedented globally. However, to achieve this potential there is a need to balance immediate investment needs with long-term approaches. Economic growth is essential, but not sufficient, for human development.
The Government of Mongolia and the United Nations Development Programme have developed the Programme for 2012-2016 on the basis of our long standing cooperation in supporting Mongolia's development.
The CPAP is derived directly from the strategic direction of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the UNDP Executive Board approved Country Programme Document and was developed in close collaboration with UNDP’s respective partners in the government and the civil society. I thank everyone that has been part of this.
It describes the planned cooperation results and activities in support of the Government’s National Development Strategy and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It is based on the principles of national ownership, capacity development, gender equality, human rights based approaches and results based programming. Focus on vulnerable groups such as women, youth and the disabled are priorities in the new programme cycle. UNDP will also engage with a wide range of partners in working towards the results of the programme including government, civil society, private sector, and academia.
The UNDP Country Programme Action Plan is organized around three thematic areas:
(1) poverty reduction and achievement of MDGs – UNDP will support improving the national development policy and planning system as well as the national poverty reduction programmes by brining an MDG acceleration focus. UNDP will also work to enhance the national social protection program by strengthening the social insurance system and improving accessibility of social services to vulnerable groups
(2) democratic governance – support to decentralization, national anti-corruption efforts, improved electoral systems and processes where an immediate focus will be on voter and civic education, identifying legal barriers to empowering the poor, and strengthening the national systems for promotion and protection of human rights
(3) environment and sustainable development – policy focus includes support to the strategy on green economy, institutionalization of Strategic Environment Assessments and Environment Audits, cost benefit model/analysis of the mining sector on the environment. The programme also includes capacity support on management of pasture/ land, water resources and biodiversity, national disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and mitigation including accessing climate related global funding, and identifying innovative and cost-efficient technologies for reducing disparities in access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
The resource base of the CPAP is USD 28 million for 2012-2016 – USD 7 million comes from UNDP’s own programme resources and USD 21 million will be mobilized for the programme, a large share of which has already been mobilized.
UNDP is looking forward to a continued partnership and cooperation with the Government in supporting Mongolia’s development for the coming 5 years and beyond.
Following the CPAP, detailed work plans will be developed with implementing partners.