STATEMENT BY MR. NYAMAA ENKHBOLD,
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MONGOLIA
AT THE COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES MINISTERIAL REPRESENTATIVES MEETING AT THE UN GA,
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2006
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my honor and pleasure to extend to you all the greetings of the Government of Mongolia. Mongolia as current Chair of ICNRD-5 has completed its implementation of recommendations contained in the outcome documents of ICNRD-5 adopted in 2003. Mongolia has implemented a set of practical follow-up activities aimed at producing nationally-owned democracy assessment tools that are essential for refining and fine-tuning the democratic institutions and the democratic process.
In June 2006, Mongolia has convened the first international follow-up conference in between ICNRDs to review and discuss the follow-up activities and produce recommendations in the build-up to ICNRD-6 that will be held on October 30-November 1 this year in Doha, Qatar. The Conference has been an important step in expediting preparations for ICNRD-6 and stimulating international experience-sharing in developing democracy assessment tools. It was attended by government representatives and experts from 12 countries and 23 international organizations.
Mongolia welcomed the participation of Ambassador Istvan Gyarmati, Director of the International Centre of Democratic Transition, in the Follow-up to ICNRD-5 International Conference. Mongolia is member of the ICDT’s International Advisory Board. We have also welcomed the participation of Mr. Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Executive Head a.i. of the UN Democracy Fund, and hope to continue working together with UNDEF for better synergies in consolidation of democracy.
Mongolia has completed a pilot program aimed at (1) formulation of a national plan of action to consolidate democracy, (2) development of nationally-owned democratic governance indicators and the preparation of a Country Information Note for Mongolia to measure its democratic performance, thus establishing the baselines for and benchmarking the democratic process in the country. This program will facilitate the design and piloting of methodologies which other countries can use.
This experience could also be explored by members of the Community of Democracies in their collective and individual programs to promote and consolidate democracy. It could also serve as a practical contribution to the cause of bringing together the CD and the ICNRD in a complimentary manner as advised by the ICNRD-5 and the CD Santiago Ministerial Meeting.
At the CD 3d Ministerial Meeting held in Santiago in April 2005, a separate paragraph in its final document was adopted in support of cooperation between the two movements. Mongolia has also drafted a non-paper on possible avenues of cooperation between ICNRD and CD that has been presented for discussion at the Follow-up Mechanism (FuM) and the CD Democracy Caucus in New York.
The transfer of internationally recognized and debated democracy instruments to national democracy institutions and frameworks should be an important agenda for the CD in advancing its strategic goals. We hope that the working groups established under the CD Convening Group will take interest in Mongolia’s experience.
Our experience in developing democracy assessment tools and commitment to an additional MDG-9 on democratic governance, human rights, and zero-tolerance to corruption, in a way, create a new agenda for monitoring the progress of democracy and for a governance dimension in achieving MDGs. We hope that many other countries could benefit from this experience. In this, the UN and UNDP could play an important role in disseminating the lessons learnt from Mongolia’s follow-up activities.
Mongolia believes that ICNRD-6 will be an important meeting in furthering the ICNRD goals and promoting democratic ideals regionally and globally. The preparations for ICNRD-6 now need to concentrate on the substantive agenda and appropriate representation of new and restored democracies at the Conference. Mongolia hopes that its follow-up experience would be widely shared at the Conference and beyond.
Mongolia hopes that members of the CD will take an active part in ICNRD-6 to be held under the theme of “Capacity-building for Democracy, Peace, and Social Progress”.
The delegation of Mongolia would like to thank all delegations for their sincere commitment to democracy and to international cooperation for its advancement.