Deputy Foreign Minister addresses at UN High-level Meeting

2020-10-27 16:55:10

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. A High-level Meeting to Commemorate the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the United Nations took place on October 26 in New York. High-level representatives of over 180 countries attended the meeting and expressed their positions on a wide range of issues, such as the UN roles in solidifying global peace and security, ensuring socio-economic development and protecting human rights, responses to COVID-19 pandemic, implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, climate changes and challenges from new technologies as well as others.

At the high-level meeting, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia B.Munkhjin delivered a statement. At the beginning of his statement, Mr. Munkhjin emphasized, “The world organization, having risen from the ashes of the darkest war in the history of humankind, has grown into the most powerful platform of multilateral cooperation. Today, after 75 years in existence, the Charter of the United Nations continues to be the prevailing instrument of international law.”

The Deputy Minister also introduced its response to COVID-19 and priorities of the country’s external policy. He said, “Mongolia has been taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic and minimize its negative socio-economic impact. As a result of timely containment actions Mongolia has so far no local transmission and no pandemic-related death. But its economic and social cost has been enormous with the economy shrinking by 9.7 percent over the first half of this year, and total export decreasing by 28 percent.

The Government has introduced two economic stimulus packages amounting up to 5 percent of the GDP to ease the pandemic’s burden on shoulders of our people, particularly those who are vulnerable. Additional recovery measures are reflected in the Government Action Program. Counter-cyclical policy will be pursued to overcome the pandemic’s socio-economic impact and will ensure an employment-led and people-centered recovery. A strong emphasis is put on green development. The Government will make sustained efforts to diversify the economy and its export with value-added production in non-mining sectors.

Large-scale development projects will continue in the areas of infrastructure, including oil refinery, gas pipeline, construction, and water supply. These and other important projects will be actively pursued to further enhance our cooperation with our bilateral and multilateral partners. The Government will continue to pursue its open, multipillar foreign policy.”

By the way, Mongolia marks its 59th anniversary of accession to the United Nations on October 27. Becoming a member of the UN not only ensured Mongolia’s independence and security and strengthening its reputation and position in the international arena but also opened up a wide range of opportunities to actively participate in the UN activities, contribute, and receive support.