Foreign Affairs Minister discusses sustainable development of LLDCs during UN General Assembly

Ts.Munkh-Orgil addressing foreign ministers at the UN

Foreign Affairs Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil chaired the United Nation’s 15th annual Ministerial Meeting of the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) on September 22, during this year’s UN General Assembly. The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malawi, Tajikistan, Paraguay, and Zimbabwe attended the meeting to share their views on cooperation and challenges facing their countries. The meeting was held under the theme “Harnessing coherence in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Vienna Programme of Action”.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States Chandra Acharya, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo also attended the meeting and held briefings about policies, activities, and actions for dealing with the challenges facing LLDCs.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil’s highlighted in his own address to the ministerial meeting that harnessing coherence in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Vienna Programme of Action is of great importance to developing LLDCs, and he introduced the policies and actions in the frame of the program being implemented by the Government of Mongolia. He also noted that the International Think Tank for LLDCs is of significant importance to LLDCs and called on the ministers to join the multilateral treaty for establishing the International Think Thank. While in New York City, Minister Ts.MunkhOrgil also met with Chandra Acharya to inform him about the process of organizing the multilateral treaty for establishing the International Think Tank for LLDCs. Acharya said that the International Think Tank is of importance to implementing the Vienna Programme of Action.

In a September 22 meeting with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, Lavrov and Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil agreed to approve a detailed plan for implementing a mid-term program for the development of strategic partnership between the two countries and to kick off implementation of the program quickly.

The Mongolian Foreign Affairs Minister also met with North Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Yong Ho to discuss organization of the 10th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Consultative Commission in Ulaanbaatar next year. During the meeting, Ts.Munkh-Orgil noted that Mongolia is pleased to maintain historic and friendly ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but that it continues its firm position in promoting international talks to maintain peace and security in Northeast Asia.

Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil also attended a meeting of the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies (COD) on September 22, and spoke about Mongolia’s success in hosting the Annual Democracy Forum in Ulaanbaatar, from August 24 to 25. He noted that Mongolia is ready to collaborate with COD member countries on action for developing democracy education and is participating in a working group co-chaired with Poland.

The Minister also met with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.           to talk about future objectives for cooperation between Mongolia and the United States. Ts.Munkh-Orgil informed Shannon about policies the new Mongolian government will be executing.

On September 23, Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil met with President of the 71st UN General Assembly Peter Thomson, a Fijian diplomat, to exchange views about activities that Mongolia can carry out under the UN General Assembly.