Foreign Affairs Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil participated in the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland, through March 24.
Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil addressed a high-level segment of the session’s 5th meeting on human rights mainstreaming on February 28. He introduced the discussion’s attendees to ongoing human rights policies and measures the Government of Mongolia is executing.
Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil underlined that promotion and respect for human rights are essential values enshrined in the Constitution of Mongolia, as well as its foreign policy. He noted that Mongolia became one of the first countries to adopt a national plan of action on Millennium Development Goal Number 9, to advance human rights and democratic governance.
The Minister emphasized that the Parliament of Mongolia adopted Mongolia’s 2030 National Development Agenda last year to ensure better protection of economic and social rights to eradicate poverty at all levels. He added that the Government of Mongolia developed its 2016-2020 action plan with a great focus on continued legal reforms based on the preservation of human rights.
He stated that a conference on the impact of corruption on human rights took place in Ulaanbaatar last December, and that 21 recommendations for focusing on more preventive measures were adopted, including developing investigative journalism, conducting awareness campaigns, and improving accountability for individuals holding public office.
The Mongolian Foreign Affairs Minister noted that Mongolia is concentrating on the abolition of the death penalty; making amendments to criminal law and other laws on the rights of children and the elderly, as well as domestic violence; combating human trafficking; enhancing the transparency, accountability, and independence of the judiciary branch of government; and fighting corruption in the public sector.
While attending the session, Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil met with Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva Michael Muller, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Joachim Reiter, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Albania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ditmir Bushati, and Minister for International Development and the Pacific of Australia Concetta Fierravanti Wells to discuss bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation between Mongolia and their respective countries and organizations.
During Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil’s meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Bushati, the sides signed an agreement between the Government of Mongolia and the Council of Albanian Ministers on visa waiver requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports.