Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The 2021 meeting of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was held virtually on July 6-15 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.
The HLPF discussed 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at length under the theme ‘Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development’. Ministers and other participants were able to explore various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
During the 2021 HLPF meeting, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Mongolia A.Ariunzaya participated in a ministerial panel discussion on ‘Mobilizing science, technology and innovation and strengthening the science-policy-society interface’, giving information on the digital transformation being undertaken by the government of Mongolia, particularly the digitization of the labor and social protection sector in her remarks.
The Minister, in a pre-recorded video message, cited such national efforts as an action plan and a long-term strategic policy, including the launch of the e‑Mongolia system, an integrated public service system enabling citizens to receive public services electronically. With special attention paid to digitize health, education, social insurance and the labor sector, she said that, as of May, 2.2 million people were covered by social welfare services, out of which 82.1 per cent have received e-services.
Digitizing public services has saved time and costs by enabling people to access any service easily. Remaining challenges include a lack of access to digital technology and connectivity in remote areas and divergence in digital literacy. In addition, new challenges are emerging, as public services shift to electronic forms, including the protection of personal data, reform of the legal environment to ensure information security and the development of technological solutions, she said.
During the meeting, 42 countries presented voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Mongolia presented its VNR in 2019.