MONGOLIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DAMDIN TSOGTBAATAR SUCCESSFULLY CHAIRS UN ESCAP’S 75TH SESSION

The Mongolian delegation headed by His Excellency Mr. Damdin Tsogtbaatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia attended the 75th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) convened under the theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” on 27-31 May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Foreign Minister of Mongolia was elected as Chair of the 75th session, which marked 20 years since the country last chaired the Commission’s 55th session in 1999. It served as a testament to an active role played by Mongolia within the United Nations, as well as in regional affairs.

Representatives from 47 member-states of ESCAP took part in the session with the President of Nauru, Prime Minister of Cambodia, Deputy Prime Ministers of Vanuatu and Tuvalu, Foreign Ministers of Bhutan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Timor-Leste and Thailand heading delegations of their respective countries, while others were headed by cabinet ministers, senior government officials and ambassadors.

The delegates adopted nine resolutions aimed at strengthening regional cooperation and partnerships towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, from which two were sponsored by Mongolia, namely on the Implementation of the outcome of the Euro-Asia Regional Midterm Review of the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs for the decade 2014-2024, and on the Implementation of the Ulaanbaatar Declaration of the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Mongolia’s resolutions were co-sponsored by delegations of Australia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Furthermore, Mongolia has been elected to the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) and Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) for the terms 2019-2022 in the elections held during the session.

In the course of the session, the Government of Mongolia, a member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in collaboration with Bangladesh and India as fellow members of the UN Women Executive Board in the Asia and Pacific region organized the side-event on “Women’s Empowerment and the Implementation of #SDG5 in Asia and the Pacific”, which provided a platform to discuss the progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Asia and the Pacific, share best practices and lessons learnt, as well as to discuss the further actions needed to be taken to reach goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On the sidelines of the session, H.E. Mr. Damdin Tsogtbaatar had meetings with H.E. Ms. Armida S. Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, H.E. Mr. Tandi Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bhutan, H.E. Mr. Zhang Jun, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and Mr. Bang Ki Moon, former UN Secretary-General and Chairman of the National Council on Climate and Air Pollution, Republic of Korea and discussed respectively the issues related to bilateral and multilateral cooperation.