Mongolia’s Voluntary National Review 2019 discussedSociety
National Development Agency (NDA) in cooperation with United Nations Department
of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations in Mongolia held a
National Consultation on the preparation for the Voluntary National Review
(VNR) on the progress of the implementation of the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) in Mongolia on 15 April, 2019.
Central and local government representatives responsible for the implementation of the SDGs, delegates from non-governmental organizations, private sector and academia, international partners and media associates reviewed the draft.
The National Consultation discussed the findings of the draft VNR report on implementation of SDGs amongst multi-stakeholders. Poverty, inequality, economic instability, lack of investment in social and environmental sectors were named as impediments to development. Whereas for reaching SDGs Mongolia needs policy coherence, economic diversification, equitable regional development, innovation, increased employment, better social services, and transparent governance. MP A. Undraa stressed importance of measuring country's progress on SDGs and an opportunity VNR presents for coordinated stakeholders' action for implementation of Global Goals.
Mongolia's first VNR focuses on air pollution as an example of interconnectedness of development issues. UN's Resident Coordinator, Beate Trankmann, said at the VNR national validation meeting: "The process of producing VNR, represents a great opportunity to unite different stakeholders in an alliance for action on the SDGs".
VNR is a part of the follow-up and review mechanisms of the implementation of the SDGs. The purpose of the VNR is to promote the monitoring of progress, the sharing of experiences and the acceleration of actions for implementation in policy-making and partnerships in multi-stake holder support. Mongolia volunteered to report on its SDGs progress during the UN High-Level Political Forum to be organized in New York in July 2019.
A high-level working group was thus established by the Prime Minister to prepare and complete Mongolia’s first VNR 2019. The report consists of two main sections. The first section provides a general overview of the implementation of the SDGs in Mongolia. The second part focuses on air pollution, one of the most critical social, health, environmental and economic challenge of Mongolia, to illustrate the nation’s progress and challenges on the road to SDGs.
The SDGs were adopted in September 2015 at the UN’s General Assembly by 193 UN Member States. These Global Goals aim at “transforming our world” through ensuring zero poverty, protecting the environment and eradicating inequality. The Global Goals are based on the principle of inclusiveness or “leaving no one behind”. The SDGs consist of 17 goals, 169 targets and 244 indicators. The Mongolian Parliament adopted Mongolia’s Sustainable Development Vision 2030 in 2016 as part of the country’s efforts towards implementing the SDGs.
Source: UN Mongolia