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 on 3rd June 2016.
Excerpts from Executive Summary
The United Nations System in Mongolia has been working with the Government of Mongolia (GoM) for more than five decades to boost the country’s development. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2021 for Mongolia has been designed as an integrated programme that fosters cooperation, enhanced coordination and strengthened partnerships, in support of efforts to attain the Mongolia Sustainable Development Vision 2030.
A rigorous process of analysis and strategic prioritization has led to the development of this UNDAF. The UN conducted a highly consultative development process involving the GoM, the UN system, civil society and development partners working in Mongolia. The progress achieved by Mongolia in responding to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), other internationally agreed development and human rights standards and treaties, the development challenges that presently face this Middle Income Country (MIC) and the commitments made by the GoM to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were taken into account in the process.
An independent evaluation of the 2012-2016 UNDAF was conducted and the lessons learned informed the development of this document. A three stage country gap analysis was conducted to inform the prioritization exercise commenced in July 2015. This analysis was designed to incorporate a specific equity focus using a determinant framework. The UN also completed a capacity assessment to gauge capacities available for the implementation of this UNDAF.
The UNDAF is built on this analytical process and demonstrates a strategic focus supporting the graduation of Mongolia to upper MIC status through broad collective results centered on the SDGs: (1) promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources; (2) enhancing social protection and utilization of quality and equitable social services, and (3) fostering voice and strengthening accountability.