The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.
Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more. The UN also provides a forum for its members to express their views in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the Organization has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.
UN in Mongolia
The United Nations in Mongolia consist of 11 agencies that contribute to development across the various sectors ranging from the promotion of human rights, to support to democratic governance, to fostering socio economic development as well as facilitating access to quality public services such as health, education, water, sanitation and protecting the environment. Since 1963, the UN has provided approximately US$ 420 million worth of technical assistance in Mongolia. However, the essence of the relationship between Mongolia and the UN is not primarily about our financial strength. Rather the UN is a provider of international comparative experiences and expert level technical advice to offer solutions and policy options to key development challenges. As an intra-governmental organisation, the UN provides a network to member states to work together on joint priorities and exchange experiences. Herein lie our comparative advantages.
The UN was a close partner for Mongolia through its transition to democracy and an open society. This has been manifested in the support provided to the development of democratic and market based institutions and the rule of law as well as the provision of social services in the earlier days of the transition process.
Mongolia plays an increasingly important role in the international arena. Mongolia’s contribution to world peace by participating in UN peace keeping operations is widely recognized and its role in promoting democracy and the respect for human rights in the region and beyond is appreciated. Mongolia has also taken a leadership role in providing a voice to the needs of landlocked countries by establishing and funding an International Think Tank for the Landlocked Developing Countries.