Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is working in Mongolia.
Head of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Policy, Education, Culture and Science Yo.Baatarbileg received Special Rapporteur Leo Heller on April 13 to discuss his mission, which aims to collect information on the state of drinking water adequacy and quality in Mongolia, examine if Mongolians’ right to safe drinking water and sanitation are being ensured and the existing challenges in this area.
The Special Rapporteur had been working in ger areas of the capital city before his trip to Umnugobi aimag on April 14, as he reported to MP Yo.Baatarbileg. The visit wraps up on April 20 with a press conference.
Appreciating the importance of the mission, MP Yo.Baatarbileg provided necessary information and pointed out the inequality in access to drinking water and sanitation on the national level. He also reported on the inadequacy of safe drinking water in the capital city and the provincial centers despite of efforts to increase access to water.
The Special Rapporteur will report to the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council on his mission to Mongolia.