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» Millenium Development Goals and Mongolia
Mongolia endorsed the Millennium Declaration adopted at the Millennium Development Summit organized by the United Nations in 2000. Subsequently, to the publication of the first national MDG report in October 2004, a Special Session for Parliamentarians on National MDG Report was organized which resulted in initiating a bill on Mongolia specific targets. In April 2005, the Parliament of Mongolia adopted the MDG resolution endorsing the national targets. An additional MDG 9 on “Strengthening human rights and fostering democratic governance” with three additional specific targets to respect and abide by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ensure freedom of mass media and access to information; mainstream democratic principles and practice into life, and create am environment of zero-tolerance for corruption.

In March 2006, the President of Mongolia issued a decree to establish a working group which comprises of the ministers, advisors to the President, leaders of the political parties, academics, researchers and representatives of the civil society and the private sector. The working group is mandated to prepare a MDG-based National Development Strategy (NDS) which will serve as the basis to formulate medium-term programs, sectoral strategies and cooperation programs with the donor community. Moreover, the public had an opportunity to actively participate in the process of preparing the country’s long-term vision through consultative meetings and open contest calling the public to visualize their views on the country’s long-term development. The draft of the strategy is expected to be completed at the end of 2007.

The resident UN agencies, such as UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO in Mongolia have been strongly supporting this process through technical guidance on needs assessment approach and procuring the generalized macroeconomic framework licensed for Mongolia.

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