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[ 17 March, 2011 ]

Ulaanbaatar, 17 March 2011 - The Government of Mongolia and the United Nations (UN) signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2012-2016 at a validation meeting and signing ceremony held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, attended by government officials, ministers, representatives of UN agencies, development partners, and the media.

The UNDAF is a strategic programming framework of the UN system to support the achievement of the national development priorities contained in Mongolia's Comprehensive National Development Strategy (NDS) for 2008-2015, as well as the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. It has been developed through a partnership between the UN system, the Mongolian Government, and the civil society, following a comprehensive analysis of development issues in Mongolia.

Through this UNDAF, the UN system will work with the Government of Mongolia, civil society, and other development partners on 4 strategic priorities: 1) Sustainable economic development; 2) Basic social services and social protection; 3) Environment, climate change, and disaster risk reduction; and 4) Governance and human rights. The budget for the UNDAF is approximately $100 million, part of which will be mobilized through the support of other donor organizations and communities.

The UNDAF was co-signed by H.E. Mr. Gombojav Zandanshatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Mongolia, on behalf of the Government of Mongolia, and by Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia. The document was also signed by the representatives of the following UN agencies in Mongolia: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA); the World Health Organization (WHO); the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the International Labour Organization (ILO); the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization(UNIESCO); UN-Habitat; the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS); the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the United Nations Volunteer programme (UNV); the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); the United Nations Industrial Development Agency (UNIDO); and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

At the signing ceremony of the UNDAF, H.E. Mr. Gombojav Zandanshatar highlighted the importance of cooperation between the Government of Mongolia and the UN system in effectively supporting Mongolia's development. Also, Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu said that based on the UN's long history of good cooperation with the Government of Mongolia, the UN was proud to work with the Mongolian Government in implementing the UNDAF from 2012 to 2016.

United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2012-2016 (PDF) - English
United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2012-2016 (PDF) - Mongolian



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