President speaks at side events of UNGA 70

President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj attended the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and made a statement at the UN Summit on Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development on September 25. He delivered speeches at the High Level Side Event and High Level Ministerial and Stakeholders Event of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 during his official visit to UN Headquarters in New York City.
The President noted that the international community has produced a history-making document in the creation of Sustainable Development Goals. “The entire family of the United Nations agreed on the roadmap towards sustainable development. Now humanity has a truly universal, ambitious action plan for the next 15 years. Never before in human history has such a universal and unanimous agreement been reached. We agreed on urgent targets, on a broad range of economic and social challenges, and on environmental exigencies,” the President stressed.
He highlighted that Mongolia’s commitment to international cooperation remains strong. “The success of the Sustainable Development Goals will mainly depend on a revitalized global partnership, an active engagement of governments, as well as the resilience of and synergy with civil society and the private sector. We need to mobilize our full potential to achieve the primary purpose of the founding of the United Nations, promotion of peace, respect for human rights, and inclusive economic and social development,” he added.
The theme of the High Level Side Event on September 26 was “Engaging people for sustainable development: Accountability, transparency and participation”, and was organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), Mongolia, Switzerland, and Botswana.
During the event’s roundtable discussion, President Ts.Elbegdorj recalled that 15 years ago world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Mongolia, at the national level, adopted and successfully implemented the additional MDG Goal 9 on human rights and democracy.
Compared to the MDGs, which mainly target social issues of development, the new sustainable development agenda fully reflects three pillars of sustainable development namely economic growth, inclusive social development, and environmental sustainability. He also highlighted that for the success of the truly transformative sustainable development agenda of a global, the Sustainable Development Goals will greatly depend on the active engagement and initiatives of civil societies, non-governmental organizations, and citizens.
Mentioning that Mongolia will take up chairmanship of International IDEA’s Council of Member States in 2016, the President promised that Mongolia will work actively and take every effort for a successful chairmanship.
The High Level Ministerial and Stakeholders Event organized by the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP focused on “A Call for Joint Action to Achieve the SDGs: Advancing integrated solutions to accelerate change”. The President expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the UN General Assembly meeting attended by heads of state and government from over 170 countries. He noted that now all member states have a responsibility to make significant efforts to ensure its full implementation.
He outlined that the implementation of the SDGs will be directly dependent on the outcome of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in December 2015, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate change, applicable to all countries.
“In order to reduce the effects of climate change it has become necessary for those countries, which have greater greenhouse gas emitters, to make a firm commitment. On the other hand, the global community has to take into account developing countries who are in need of financial resources necessary to implement the global goals. For instance, Mongolia as a country with considerable resources of renewable energy has the capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, at the same time, it is also crucial to have foreign investment and financial support,” the President states, and called for greater and improved collaboration between countries.

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