Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies

New York, 1 October 2007

Mr. Chairman,

Let me begin by congratulating Mali for its successful and continuing leadership of the Community of Democracies over the last two years. Mali‚€™s strong commitment to and effective chairmanship of the Community of Democracies is exemplary.

We are meeting at our regular venue - the United Nations. This meeting is of particular importance as in seven weeks we will gather for the fourth Ministerial Conference in Bamako to reflect on the achievements and challenges of our movement and to envision our future. Over the past year we have done more to support democracy worldwide, to help it become a home-grown process in many countries and to ensure that the fruits of democratization are a long-term wealth rather than a short-lived benefit. 

Mongolia is pleased that the invitation process for the fourth Ministerial Conference is complete and substantive preparatory work is now well underway. We highly appreciate Mali‚€™s stewardship of organizing international experts‚€™ seminar on Democracy and Development last March. The outcome of this seminar will certainly lay down the solid foundation for the Bamako Consensus.      

We believe that democracy and development are the two sides of the same coin. Therefore, the theme of Bamako Ministerial is very relevant to many emerging democracies where development efforts need to be supported vigorously without any preconditions. If we want to make democracy responsive to the needs of ordinary people we need to make development sustainable. Furthermore, if we achieve it, we can proudly say that democracy and development are mutually reinforcing.

It is widely recognized that democracy is not a one-time event bur rather a multi-faceted and continuing process with ups and downs. Ensuring its onward development requires genuine efforts of the country concerned along with strong support on the part of the international community. With this in mind, in 2005 Mongolia has initiated and adopted its MDG-9 on ‚€œStrengthening human rights and fostering democratic governance‚€Ě. Today we work together with the United Nations Democracy Fund on a project that aims to help achieve this ambitious goal. We would be pleased to share our experiences in democracy building tools in particular democratic governance assessment that has been piloted among new or restored democracies when we held the Chair of the 5th International Conference on New or Restored Democracies from September 2003 and November 2006.  

Mr. Chairman,

Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has inspired all nations for democratic constitution making and contributed greatly to the acceptance of democracy as a universal value. As a member of the Convening Group of the Community of Democracies, Mongolia urges all members to do more on promoting and consolidating democracy not only within the country but also beyond it.

Perhaps, we should work more actively with other democracy movements and regional and international bodies towards consolidating democracy. We believe that the Bamako Consensus to be approved this coming November and the 2005 Santiago Ministerial Commitment will undoubtedly serve as a solid basis for our future work to streamline democratization efforts around the world.

Specifically, Mongolia believes that the Community of Democracies and ICNRD can work together in a complementary manner. To this end the following steps could be explored and undertaken:

Ôƒ˜ Exchange of information on planned activities in respective years between the CD Convening Group and the ICNRD Advisory Board, including through respective chairs preferably at the beginning of a calendar year so that interested members could be invited to agreed events.

Ôƒ˜ Increase interaction between the CD Convening Group and the ICNRD Advisory Board during United Nations General Assembly sessions on issues of mutual interest.

Ôƒ˜ Organization of joint seminars, workshops on themes which could be of interest to members of both the CD and ICNRD, including themes of respective Ministerial Conferences with a view to sharing best practices related to the consolidation of democracy and development of nationally-owned democracy assessment tools.

Ôƒ˜ Explore the possibility of organizing joint projects and activities to be undertaken through the UN Democracy Fund.

Mongolia firmly supports the designation of an International Day of Democracy, which will hopefully be proclaimed this year by the United Nations General Assembly, and hope that other members of the Community of Democracies will also render its support.

We look forward to a successful Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies in Bamako, Mali to adopt an action-oriented and visionary outcome document that would marshal our concerted efforts towards building a more secure and safer world.

Thank you for your attention.