President Ts.Elbegdorj addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations during the 71st session’s annual general debate held on September 20 at UN Headquarters in New York City. The debate continues until September 26, under the theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world”.
Heads of state from 106 countries and Prime Ministers from 49 countries will each give a 15-minute speech to the General Assembly. So far, the issues of greatest concern in the debate have been recent mass migrations by refugees, nuclear tests conducted by North Korea, terrorism, and poverty.
In his speech, the President of Mongolia encouraged nations to collectively combat terrorism.
He said, “Terrorism is a universal challenge for us, it is a threat to our existing world norm and to the national security of each country.” He highlighted the importance of achieving sustainable development while leaving no one behind. He noted that Mongolia has included essential principles and policies of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in its national strategy.
The President congratulated nations that have agreed to fight climate change and officially signed the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015. The President said, “The Paris Agreement is our joint achievement, and a result of enormous effort. This agreement is for our future, for our children, and to save Earth, thus, it is important to keep the promise.” Ts.Elbegdorj added that Mongolia is fulfilling its commitments to the Paris Agreement, but the support and assistance from the international community is not enough.
This session is the seventh and last one Ts.Elbegdorj will attend as President of Mongolia, as his term of office will end in 2017.