/launching of the book “Building Democracy from Manila to Doha”/
7 November 2005, New York  



Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all allow me to express the deep gratitude of the Government of Mongolia as current Chair of the movement of New or Restored Democracies to Mr. Tapio Kanninen and the Government of Finland for this timely publication. I also salute our gracious host, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Permannet Representatve of Qatar for holding this important reception.

The book “Building Democracy from Manila to Doha” shall become a true handbook for all of us in the months leading to the 6th International Conference of New or Restored Democracies to be held in Doha in autumn next year.

The Outcome Document of the September Summit recognized democracy as a universal value belonging to the indivisible core principles of the United Nations. World leaders also recommitted themselves to supporting democracy by strengthening countries’ capacity to implement the principles and practices of democracy. The New or Restored Democracies as the only movement aimed at democracy promotion and consolidation that is inclusive and open to all Members of the Organization should thus have a special role in translating these commitments into action.  

My country had the distinct honour and privilege to host the 5th ICNRD under the main theme - “Democracy, Good Governance, and Civil Society”, - in Ulaanbaatar a little over two years ago.

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the Ulaanbaatar Conference attended by 119 UN Member States, a host of international organizations including the UN, as well as over 100 non-governmental organizations turned out to be not only a hugely successful event but also represented a qualitative new step in the progressive development of the movement. This progress is vividly described in the book that I have the honour to participate in its official launch now.  It is particularly gratifying to note that the innovative 3-tiered structure of the Ulaanbaatar Conference that included International Civil Society Forum and Parliamentarians Forum along with the main intergovernmental part is going to be applied once again in Doha.

As you may be aware, at the end of deliberations, the Ulaanbaatar Conference adopted two major documents reflecting the core principles and undertakings discussed by the participants and charting the future for democratic development, namely the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and the Plan of Action. My Government is now actively engaged in efforts to ensure an effective follow-up to the Conference, which we also consider as our contribution to the preparations to the 6th ICNRD in Qatar.

We, therefore, fully agree that the issue of follow-up to the commitments taken at the previous conferences should have a prominent place at the Doha Conference. On its part my Government will share its experience in ensuring a substantive follow-up to the Ulaanbaatar Conference, namely the findings of a pilot project to develop a national plan of action to strengthen democracy, preparation of a “country information note” outlining the prospects of advancing and deepening democracy in my country, and development of nationally owned democratic indicators’ databases to be better able to monitor progress in democratic governance and development in Mongolia.

I consider also the launch of the book “Building Democracy from Manila to Doha” as the start of intensive substantive preparations to the 6th ICNRD in Doha. In this connection I would like to wish every success to the Government of Qatar and assure it of my Government’s full support and assistance in the lead-up to the Doha Conference.

I thank you.