The United Nations in Mongolia

Mongolia joined the United Nations in 1961. Over the past six decades, the relationship between the UN and Mongolia has matured into a strong and mutually beneficial partnership. The UN in Mongolia consists of 11 agencies that contribute to development across various sectors from democratic governance and human rights, to socio-economic development, climate change adaptation, and protecting the environment. The One UN team supports the country in achieving its long-term development goals – Vision 2050. UN’s work in Mongolia has been guided by the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2021, which was extended till 2022 due to the priorities shifted to the COVID-19 response. Mongolia is an active member of the UN and contributes more UN peacekeepers per capita than any other country in the world.

Herder family on the move
Mongolian nomadic herder family on the move

Milestones 

  1. In the 30 years after its democratic transition, Mongolia has developed into a stable democracy with a market-based economy, free media, genuine political competition and respect for human rights. 
  2. Mongolia ascended to upper-middle-income country status with a growth rate stabilizing at 6.5% in 2018. Mongolia has achieved a “high” human development category.
  3. Mongolia has made progress in achieving gender balance in education, employment and political participation. The gender development increased from 0.677 in 2005 to 1.028 in 2014.
  4. Mongolia presented its first VNR in July 2019 at the UN High-Level Political Forum on SDGs. The report identified a model of multi-sector response solutions to the interlinked social, economic and environmental problems based on a sample of air pollution. 
  5. Mongolia champions the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since its adoption. In May 2020 the Parliament of Mongolia approved Vision-2050 as a new long-term, strategic policy document for the country. 
  6. Since 2002, Mongolia has deployed more than 14,000 troops to UN peacekeeping forces in some of the most difficult conflict zones, such as Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Western Sahara.

The Sustainable Development Goals in Mongolia

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Mongolia: