Parliament to deepen collaboration with UN on social policy development

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Legislators meeting with UN Resident Coordinator Beate Trankmann

Head of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social policy, Education, Culture and Science Yo.Baatarbileg and members of the standing committee met with United Nations Resident Coordinator Beate Trankmann on December 14 to discuss ongoing and upcoming cooperation projects between the UN and Mongolia.

During the meeting, the sides discussed a recommendation from a task force made up of the UN experts who worked in Mongolia to oversee the implementation of the International Monetary Fund’s extended fund facility program being carried out in Mongolia, and agreed that the government should focus on challenging issues such as poverty, maternal mortality rate and environmental degradation outlined in the recommendation.

They agreed that Parliament has increased budget for social development affairs in recent years, but these efforts have been unsuccessful, and underlined that effort for meeting the surge in demand caused by the country’s growing population and state funding for social policy per capita is insufficient.

The sides also agreed that Parliament will collaborate with the UN and Asian Development Bank to allocate optimal budget spending in social policy development, especially for optimizing investment in health, education, culture, and art sectors.

They also discussed increasing collaboration between Mongolian and the UN to improve efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN by learning more about the experiences and achievements of countries that have successfully reached the goals, and by carrying out a joint survey on monitoring the progress for the goals in Mongolia.

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  1. Very encouraging to see that Parliament is taking notice of,and collaborating with the UN’s recommendations for the country’s betterment, especially on challenging issues like poverty, environmental degradation and many other social issues.
    A good source of advice concerning many of these is to be found in the UN-FAO Special Report published on 22nd December http://www.fao.org/3/I8377EN/i8377en.pdf
    It is an extremely important and revealing document, with detailed surveys of many aspects of its agricultural economy that contributes 12% of GDP, of which 87% is made up by its livestock sector.
    It should be extremely worrying for Parliament to read (p8 – 2.1) that poverty rose by 8% between 2014 and 2016; that most poor live in rural areas with a poverty rate of 34.9% compared to 27.1% urban. Page 13 – 2.3.2 shows the livestock sector employs around one-third of the working population and constitutes almost half the share of the gross agriculture production; that rangeland degradation stands at over 70%, and that 48% of the sites the FAO monitored will take over 3 years to recover.
    Lack of modern abbatoirs, storage, transport facilities, and most crucially the continuous outbreaks of disease (FMD) – are holding back this important sector of the economy.
    P25 – Beef and mutton meat were well below their values a year earlier, the result of both low quality meat due to poor body conditions leading to an oversupply in the market. Livestock body conditions in Khuvsgul, for example, with the second highest herd proportion of all aimags, were at an astonishing 54.4% below normal, affecting over 15,000 households. 7 other aimags are 25%-20% below normal.
    The above describes just a small selection of one of the most comprehensive and revealing reports ever published by the UN on the state of Mongolia’s agricultural and livestock sectors that directly relate to 30% of the population and 12% of its GDP.
    Whatever else the recent discussions may have covered, this FAO report clearly illustrates where much focus of action needs to concentrate if to seriously tackle the Government’s goals sought by the UN.

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