Press Release

President of Mongolia Celebrates the United Nations Day with UN family in Mongolia

24 October 2023

Ulaanbaatar, 24 October 2023 – As the world unites to commemorate United Nations Day, we kick off this day with an inspiring event – the visit of His Excellency Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, the President of Mongolia, to the UN House for the first time. This sets the tone for a day dedicated to celebrating the significance of the United Nations (UN) and its pivotal role in advancing global cooperation, peace, and sustainable development globally and in Mongolia.

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Caption: The President of Mongolia, H.E Khurelsukh Ukhnaa with the UN Country Team in Mongolia
Photo: © RCO

During his visit, President Khurelsukh presented to the United Nations family in Mongolia, a sculpture entitled, “Consciousness”, by Mongolian artist Ochirbold Ayurzana, where its symbolic meaning highlights that humankind walks a path of goodness on earth and yet conflicts with greed and want in the world. The same sculpture also stands erect near the United Nations headquarters in New York presented to Secretary General Antonio Guterres by Mongolia’s former President.

President's gift to UN Mongolia

United Nations Day, observed annually, marks the anniversary of the UN Charter's entry into force in 1945, establishing the first and only organization globally recognized for its legitimacy, convening power and normative impact. Since then, the UN has been at the forefront of addressing global challenges, including conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, climate action, and the promotion of all human rights.

His Excellency Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, the President of Mongolia, stated in his address to the UN Mongolia team:

“We greatly value the United Nations as a crucial partner, offering comprehensive support for Mongolia's socio-economic development, environmental protection, and the promotion of democracy and good governance. Mongolia fully supports the UN Secretary-General's reform policy and is willing to expand our relations and cooperation with the United Nations.”

President addresses to the UN staff
Caption: The President of Mongolia, H.E Khurelsukh Ukhnaa addresses the UN staff in Mongolia

The United Nations' global impact extends to Mongolia, where it plays a vital role in advancing the nation's development priorities set in Vision 2050 and New Recovery Policy as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ever since its accession to United Nations in 1961.

The SDGs represent a universal call to action, aimed at ending poverty, protecting our planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. In Mongolia, the UN works alongside the government, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate progress towards these goals, recognizing the urgency of addressing challenges such as climate change, economic disparities, and recent global health crises.

Mr. Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia, stated “I am deeply humbled and honored, proud and privileged that President Khurelsukh joined our UN family on this special day. This is a strong indicator of the nation’s commitment towards achieving the SDGs and the importance it places on the mission and mandates of the UN. I would like to take this opportunity to salute the hardworking UN staff, both in Mongolia and globally, who dedicate their lives to making the world a better place. Your unwavering commitment to the UN's mission is  truly at the core of its success.”

As an organization born out of hope for a peaceful and prosperous world, the moment to come together with unwavering dedication is now, as we have multiple crises unfolding in the world.

On this day, let us recommit to building a brighter, more inclusive and sustainable future for Mongolia and the world, leaving no one behind. Together, we can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and create a world where every individual can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.

President greets UNCT members
President with all UN staff

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