‘Greening the China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor: A visual synthesis’ report launched

2020-10-02 17:30:55

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The launch of a new report ‘Greening the China–Mongolia–Russia economic corridor - A visual synthesis’ took place in both virtual and face-to-face format on October 1 at the International Environment House in Geneva, Switzerland. The report, illustrating the Belt and Road developments in Mongolia, was prepared by Zoï Environment Network, with the support of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations in Geneva.

The report launch event was attended by L.Purevsuren, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Martine Rohn, Deputy Head, International Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, Otto Simonett, Director, Zoï Environment Network, Rowan Palmer, Programme Specialist, Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, representatives of Geneva-based international environmental organizations and Swiss private sector and Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some researchers..

Ambassador L.Purevsuren noted that major infrastructure projects of railroads and roads to be implemented as part of the Trilateral Corridor Program will not only connect Russia and China, but also create the shortest corridor between Europe and Asia. He stressed that these projects are open to third-party involvement and investment and that the Mongolian side is committed to using the most advanced environmentally friendly technologies in the projects implementation in compliance with international standards.

“Mongolia launched an initiative aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability in infrastructure projects in 2017 and had a resolution adopted at the UN Environment Assembly in 2019. The initiative has been widely appreciated at the global level,” said United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) representative Rowan Palmer, adding that Mongolia was the first country to join UNEP's Partnership for Action on Green Economy.