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Mongolia: UN expert urges government to remedy water and sanitation issues in rural and ‘Ger’ areas

ULAANBAATAR (20 April 2018) – A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Mongolia to address the inequalities in access to drinking water and sanitation, saying most of those living in rural areas and peri-urban areas (‘Ger’ areas) do not have adequate access to safe water or toilets.

OHCHR | Statement at the conclusion of the official visit to Mongolia by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr. Léo Heller

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UN Resident Coordinator’s Speech on the Launch of the Report on ‘Mongolia’s Ais Pollution Crisis’

Ulaanbaatar, February 22, 2018: ” I am delighted to be here today. Thank you for inviting me to this important event. Over the last 15 years, Mongolia has shown strong development progress – it entered the high Human Development Country category for the first time in 2016. However, progress is fragile with poverty reduction gains sliding back due to the economic downturn and one in three Mongolians currently living in poverty up from one in five in 2014. Experience shows that economic development without sufficient environmental and social consideration often comes at a high price: For example, exposure to air pollution is linked to around 6.5 million premature deaths globally.

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UN Resident Coordinator’s Speech on World Food Day 2017

Ulaanbaatar, October 16, 2017: Ms. Beate Trankmaan delivered a speech on the occasion of World Food Day on October 16, 2017.

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SDGs bus tours around Ulaanbaatar to engage public

Ulaanbaatar, October 1, 2017: A United Nations’ bus displaying the Global Goals for people and planet that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development took a tour around the city, engaging the public at various locations. The bus travelled from the city center to the ger district (Songin Khorkhon) with performers and public onboard. It stopped at various locations where performers including singers from Music and Dance Conservatory, dancers from Freedom Dance City Studio, face painters and artists engaged the public to raise awareness about their role in Mongolia’s development.

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UN expert urges fresh Mongolia action on environment

Ulaanbaatar / GENEVA 27 September , 2017; – Mongolia needs to step up its action to protect the environment, including tackling the severe impacts of mining and coal-burning, a United Nations human rights expert has urged at the end of his first official visit to the country.

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UN Resident Coordinator’s Speech on World Press Freedom Day 2017

 Ulaanbaatar, May 3, 2017; Ms. Beate Trankmaan delivered a speech at the event “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies” which was organized to mark World Press Freedom Day.

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United Nations allocates $1.1 million for humanitarian response

 IMG_4251Ulaanbaatar, January 24, 2017; Harsh winter conditions are severely impacting herders and their livestock in the Northern part of Mongolia. In response to the deteriorating situation, the United Nations has allocated $1.1 million through its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to launch a rapid humanitarian response and provide life-saving assistance.

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Sustainable development in Mongolia: UNIDO’s 50th Anniversary

by LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO.


UNIDO has had the privilege to accompany Mongolia’s development process for a long time. As the Organization turns 50 this year, this is a good moment to reflect on our partnership. The main aim of UNIDO’s support to Mongolia over the years has been to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development by making sure that the impact of abundant natural resources remains a blessing rather than turning into a curse. The diversification of the Mongolian economy towards manufacturing, together with the adoption of green technologies, plays an indispensable role in this context.

Capacity Building Workshop on “Leaving No One Behind” in the context of subnational health system strengthening – Remarks by Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator


Remarks by Ms. Beate Trankmann, United Nations Resident Coordinator

Riverside Hotel Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

3 November 2016

  • Honorable Vice Minister of Health Ms. Byambasuren
  • Dr. Soe, WHO Representative
  • Representatives of Health Departments from 11 Aimag

Thank you for inviting me to this important event. We all know that the leaders of 193 countries approved the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. The 17 sustainable development goals are set to transform the world. The SDGs are about making our world a more peaceful, inclusive, and sustainable – for this generation and for those to come; to protect people and planet.  In other words, the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are about doing development differently and about changing the way we live, behave, do business, consume and produce.


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smalllogoToday is the United Nations Day. This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations. Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet


small-logoMongolia marks its 55th anniversary of accession to the United Nations on 27th October 2016. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon congratulated the Government and people of Mongolia and commended Mongolia’s contributions in promoting all three pillars of the UN’s work: human rights, peace and security and sustainable development.


UN Committee against Torture to review Mongolia

GENEVA (28 July 2016) – The UN Committee against Torture is due to review Mongolia on 2 and 3 August in Geneva. Mongolia has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee.



The Government of Mongolia (GoM) and the United Nations (UN) signed today the UN Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF) for 2017-2021. 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.

Press Release- UNDAF Signing (ENG)

Press Release – UNDAF Signing (MNG)




Roundtable discussions: “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms.

This is Your Right!” 

Opening Remarks by Ms. Beate Trankmann

UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia

Good morning,

I am pleased to be with you today to mark World Press Freedom Day. Every year, May 3rd provides an opportunity to celebrate and to evaluate press freedom around the world. It is a day to defend media independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

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International Women’s Day
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Press Release
End Disparity – Promote Equality

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (March 7, 2016) –Ending poverty and reducing inequality starts with empowering women. The theme of this years International Women’s Day (IWD) is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Gender equality is integral to the overall 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and today we highlight the need to accelerate actions towards this end.


IWD Press Release (Mongolian Version)

Mongolia’s record on womens rights to face review by UN Committee
GENEVA (15 February 2016) Mongolias record on womens rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 19 February. Mongolia has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee on how it is implementing the Convention. More
Media advisory (English) Mongolias record on womens rights to face review by UN Committee
Media advisory (Mongolian) Mongolias record on womens rights to face review by UN Committee



2017-2021 UNDAF Validation Workshop Organized
27 January 2016, Ulaanbaatar, UN House

United Nations in Mongolia jointly with the Government organized a validation workshop to gather consensus with the partners on thematic outcome areas of the UN work for the period of 2017-2021. During the process of formulating a new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Mongolia, which will guide UN activities in the country for the period 2017-2021, UN conducted a several key analytical and preparatory steps, including an independent evaluation of the on-going 2012-2016 UNDAF and a country analysis identifying the UNs comparative advantages and strategic priorities for its engagement in Mongolia. Based on the findings and taking into account the Global Sustainable Development Goals and the Long-term Sustainable Development Vision of the Government of Mongolia three thematic priority areas for UN support have been identified, namely: 1. Promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources; 2. Improving access and quality of social services; and 3. Fosteringvoice and accountability.

A total of 120 participants representing the government, civil society, development partners and UN agencies have attended the workshop that marked the final stage of the UNDAF formulation process,and expressed their views and suggestions to direct the UNs work during the period 2012-2021 prior to finalizing the UNDAF document.

Mr. N. Enkhbayar, Researcher, Member of the working Group on formulation of the Mongolia's long-term sustainable development vision document presented with "Long-Term Sustainable Development Vision of Mongolia 2016-2-30".

Mr. N. Enkhbayar, Researcher, Member of the working Group on formulation of the Mongolia’s long-term sustainable development vision document presented with “Long-Term Sustainable Development Vision of Mongolia 2016-2-30”

Press Conference on Paris Agreement/COP21

COP21 PICA press conference has been organized today to share the key points of historic Paris Agreement and its importance to Mongolia. UNRC and UNDP RR Ms. Beate Trankmann delivered speech highlighting the importance of Paris Agreement following conclusion of COP21 in Paris. Head of UNFPA Mongolia Ms. Naomi Kitahara, Head of UNICEF Mongolia Mr. Roberto Benes, Head of WHO Mongolia Dr. SoeNyunt U and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Mr. Thomas Eriksson along with UNRC shared the United Nations vision to mitigate challenges of Climate Change in Mongolia and globally and also answered to the question forwarded by participation media personnel.

Press Release on COP21 and Pairs Agreement:
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Press Conference on Adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Organized

28 September 2015, UN House, Ulaanbaatar United Nations in Mongolia organized a press conference on the occasion of adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by world leaders from 193 countries in New York on 25 September 2015. UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Beate Trankmann, and representatives of UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO provided information about SDGs and its key features during the press conference.

Press Conference on SDGs

UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Beate Trankmann noted that The Millennium Development Goals have proven that goal setting can lift millions out ofpoverty, empower women and girls, improve health and well-being and provide vast new opportunities for better lives?and stated that as MDGs end by 2015 the world leaders from 193 countries adopted the new global development agenda till 2030, known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ms. Trankmann highlighted that this weekend the world entered a new era. The SDGs are a global call for action to end poverty, fight inequality, protect the planet and ensure that all human beings enjoy peace and prosperity without leaving anyone behind.

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Model UBYouth engaged in Model United Nations Ulaanbaatar
15 October, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia After experiencing Model United Nations abroad, a group of young volunteers decided bring the Model into Mongolia. Model United Nations, also known as Model UN, or MUN, is an educational simulation where young people role play delegates to the United Nations and simulate the United Nations committees.
The young people partnered with the Debate Association and will jointly organize Model United Nations Ulaanbaatar between 24 and 26 October at the Orchlon International School. The MUN Ulaanbaatar focuses on high school students, allowing them learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN builds students capacities in research, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.
The United Nations in Mongolia welcomes activities such as Model United Nations Ulaanbaatar as they showcase the importance of civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life, so that young people can be empowered and bring a full contribution to society, development and peace.
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UN RC/UNDP RR in Mongolia presents her credentials

CredentialUN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Mongolia, Ms. Beate Trankmann presented her Credentials to the Foreign Minister of Mongolia, H.E. Mr. L. Purevsuren, during a ceremony held on 4September 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia.

H.E. Mr. Purevsuren welcomed and congratulated Ms. Trankmann on her appointment as the UN RC and UNDP RR and thanked the UN for the long standing cooperation and support in achieving Mongolias development goals. During this cordial meeting the parties highlighted the importance of adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), assured mutual agreement to continue jointly working on implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework in the country, integration of SDGs into the national development vision and strategy and ensuing human rights for the benefits of Mongolia and its people.

The credential presentation ceremony concluded in encouraging notes to complement each others efforts in order to pave the way for development of Mongolia.


Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative delivered a speech at OSCE 2015 Autumn Parliamentary Meeting
Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative delivered a speech at OSCE 2015 Autumn Parliamentary Meeting on 17 September 2015, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
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Mongolias economic, social and cultural rights record is due to be reviewed by the UN Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee
GENEVA (28 May 2015) Mongolias economic, social and cultural rights record is due to be reviewed by the UN Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 June in meetings that will be webcast live.
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ESCAP Survey launch

Survey launchESCAP Survey launch was organized in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Meeting Hall. The event was well attended by the representatives of the government agencies, embassies, UN, international development agencies, academia, NGOs and media.

At the beginning of the event the video message by Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of ESCAP, was played. UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia, Ms. Sinanoglu, holdthe opening speech. The speech was followed by the presentations of Mr. ZhengJian, ESCAP Economic Affairs Officer, and of Dr. Ch. Khashchuluun from National University of Mongolia.

Mr. Zheng Jiang introduced the Survey s main findings. He emphasized the importance of inclusive economic systems for the development of the region. Mr. Khashchuluun then provided the Mongolias perspective, focusing on the countrys economy and its challenges. The event was well covered by local media and social media in Mongolia. They conducted several interviews with UN coordinators, and presenters.

Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Disaster ConferenceHigh Level Development Dialogue on Strengthening the Coherence between Disaster Risk Reduction, Response to Climate Change and Sustainable Development

At the invitation of the Government of Mongolia, Ms. Margareta Wahlstorm, Special Representative of UN Secretary General on Disaster Risk Reduction paid an official working visit to Mongolia during 11-13 May 2015. During her visit she met senior officials of the Government and representatives from the civil society and international community to engage in collaborative discussions on adapting the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the development context of Mongolia. She also participated in the High-level Development Dialogue on Strengthening the Coherence between Disaster Risk Reduction, Response to Climate Change and Sustainable Development and initiated a discussion at national level on establishment of the National Platform as part of the follow-up actions of the Sendai Conference.

Ms. M. Wahlstorm’s visit to Mongolia gave great impetus to the Government’s efforts and helped increase awareness of the public and policy makers on the importance of disaster risk reduction, prevention and preparedness.

Click on the names toread the full speeches of Mr. Khurelsukh (Deputy Prime Minister),Ms. M. Wahlstorm (SRSG) and Ms. SezinSinanoglu (RC of UN Mongolia)

Mongolias human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (1 May 2015) Mongolias human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Councils Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Tuesday 5 May 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Mongolia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 4 to 15 May. Mongolias first UPR review took place on 2 November 2010.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: investigating cases of torture and steps to prevent such acts and the use of statements and confessions obtained under torture; conditions of detention facilities; addressing allegations of corruption and reforming the judiciary; promotion of the rights of women, including addressing cases of gender-based and domestic violence; protecting the rights of LGBT persons and addressing negative social attitudes; the Law on Gender Equality; protecting the rights of the child and addressing cases of violence against children and child labour; combatting human trafficking and compensation and rehabilitation for victims; accessibility for persons with disabilities to public services; the right to form trade unions; and the human rights impacts of business activities of the extractive industry.


UNDAF 2012-2016 REVIEW

UNDAF REVIEWOn March 5, 2015, the United Nations Organizations in Mongolia jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed a progress of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2012-2016 (UNDAF) in 2014. UN, government agencies and civil society representatives reviewed the UN contributions to achieving the national development priorities and identified lessons learned and recommendations to further improve the current performance.

UN organizations in Mongolia delivered around US$45 million in three years since 2012; US$21 million being spent in 2014 alone. The representatives of the government, civil society and UN also discussed the Governments process for developing a long-term development vision for the country in the post-2015 era and how the proposed sustainable development goals can be tailored to Mongolias context.

Global Press Release Human Development Report 2015:
Address challenges and seize opportunities of the new world of work, UNDP urges
2 billion people lifted out of low human development, in last 25 years, now focus on work is needed to galvanize progress, alerts the 2015 Human Development Report.
Addis Ababa, 14 December 2015 Fast technological progress, deepening globalization, aging societies and environmental challenges are rapidly transforming what work means today and how it is performed. This new world of work presents great opportunities for some, but also profound challenges for others. The 2015 Human Development Report, released today at a ceremony in Ethiopia, urges governments to act now to ensure no one is left behind in the fast-changing world of work.


Press Release (Mongolian) – UN Turns Blue- 70th Anniversary here

UN RC/ UNDP RR – Interview Publish by The Mongolian Observer on the Occasion of UN 7oth Anniversary
24 October 2015

National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea. Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity. Every day, the United Nations feeds the hungry and shelters those driven from their homes. The United Nations vaccinates children who would otherwise die from preventable diseases. The United Nations defends human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. Our peacekeepers are on the frontlines of conflict; our mediators bring warriors to the peace table; our relief workers brave treacherous environments to deliver life-saving assistance. The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people, and cares for the earth, our one and only home. And it is the diverse and talented staffof the UnitedNations who help bring the Charter to life. The 70th anniversary is a moment to recognize their dedication and to honour the many who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The world facesmany crises, and the limits of collective international action are painfully clear. Yet no single country or organization can address todays challenges alone. The timeless values of the UN Charter must remain our guide. Our shared duty is to unite our strength to serve we the peoples. To mark this anniversary, monuments and buildings across the world are being illuminated in UN blue. As we shine a light on this milestone anniversary, let us reaffirm our commitment to a better and brighter future for all.

International Youth Day 2015- Press Release

Thursday 24/09/2015, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Celebrating the International Youth Day 2015 (12 August) and Youth Month in Mongolia, UN Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mongolia, in cooperation with UN Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP), carried out an online photo and video contest called Youth4Mongolia. The contest, which lasted between 29 July and 25 August 2015, asked the Mongolian youth with two questions: How are you contributing to Mongolias development? What can young people do for better Mongolia?

The contest opened up a space for young Mongolians (aged between 15-29 years old) to share their stories and ideas on youth volunteering and civic engagement activities. The panel of judges, comprised of the contest organizers and external experts, selected three winners, who will receive Golden, Silver and Bronze Prize, respectively. The online audience voted to select the best Audience Prize. The awarding ceremony took place on 17 September 2015 in the UN house, Ulaanbaatar, and was attended by the contest winners, organizers and partners.

The Golden Prize winner, Ms. AkherkeKhalik, received a language course voucher offered by Talk Talk English Mongolia. The Silver and the Audience Prizes were awarded to Ms. AnarAriunsanaa. Anar will undertake a free media training provided by the Breakthrough Communications under the Zorig Foundation leadership program. She also received the books published by Franklin Covey Education Mongolia. The Bronze Prize awardee, Ms. GandiMunkhjargal, won a free language course voucher presented by the ??????. All young talented winners also got free tickets to the Social Good Summit Mongolia 2015, which will be held on 26th September 2015.

The submitted photos and video showed that young people in Mongolia are very active in and enthusiastic to contribute to their countrys development. Anar, the Silver and Audience Prize winner, believes in her role in Mongolias development, even if it was small: I am a tiny cell, a part of Mongolia. I am the holder of the future development of my very own home country. Likewise, Akherke, the Golden Prize winner, deeply relates to what Mother Theresa said: Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

The contestants initiatives included but were not limited to: supporting action on climate change; improving childrens education by providing them with glasses and organizing summer English camps; renovating the children wards in hospitals; and collecting waste in the neighborhoods. Gandi, the Bronze Prize awardee, who was engaged in Waste Bucket Challenge, says: We are doing this in order to live in a clean environment. Not just complaining about all the hard things in our country but organizing events which will help to avoid these difficulties.

The campaign correlated with the global theme of International Youth Day 2015: Youth Civic Engagement. The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet the opportunities for youth to be engaged politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent. The International Youth Day 2015 campaigns aimed at promoting civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life, so that young people can be empowered and bring a full contribution to society, development and peace.

We thank Talk Talk English Mongolia, Zorig Foundation, CyyCyp and Franklin Covey Education Mongolia for their support to the contest.


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