session, Third Committee,
STATEMENT BY MS.
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN
AFFAIRS OF MONGOLIA
10 October 2001
outset I wish to join the preceding speakers in congratulating you and the other
members of the Bureau on your well-deserved election and wish every success in
your endeavours. You may rest assured of my delegation’s full support and
cooperation as we
fulfill the task ahead of this important Committee during the
current session of the General Assembly.
Allow me also to thank Mr. John Langmore, Director of the Division for Social
Policy and Development
the agenda items under consideration.
delegation also wishes to associate itself with the statement made earlier by
of Iran on behalf of the G-77.
It has become more evident that along with greater opportunities globalization has created situations of heightened vulnerability and insecurity and all the more so for the weak and poor nations. Persistent exclusion, marginalization and inequality among countries are being further exacerbated by both existing and evolving transboundary threats. After several decades of development effort the number of the world’s poor remains at an embarrassingly unacceptable level.
Looking back one could describe the decade of 90s as a decade of commitments for development with a series of international conferences and summits resulting in important declarations and plans of action. Yet, as seen from the 2001 Report on the World Social Situation the world finds itself, in many respects in no better shape. The logical question is due - why is it so? The underlying reasons could be manifold as the changes undergone and challenges faced by the world during the last decade are complex both in scope and nature. Yet, we cannot but agree with the Secretary-General that “the widening gap between goals and achievements implies that the international community has failed to deliver on crucial commitments it made during the 1990s”. The world cannot afford this to happen in this first decade of new century. Therefore, it has become vitally imperative for all the stakeholders to redouble their concerted efforts with a view to fulfilling the international development commitments, including that of halving the current level of abject poverty by 2015.
While it is
that the primary responsibility for social development rests with national
governments, the international
cooperation and support are equally important
targets. In this
my delegation welcomes an integrated and comprehensive approach outlined by the
his report on
the Road Map
implementation of the Millennium Declaration.
Government of Mongolia stands committed to the
implementation of the social
To ensure economic recovery and growth, to effectively reduce poverty and
unemployment, to promote rural and regional development, to enforce rule of law
and promote sustainable development the Government has developed and adopted the
national programme on
Good Governance for
at achieving human security for all
holistic policy encompassing
social, political and
The overall programme is chaired by the Prime Minister and envisaged to ensure
active participation of all the key stakeholders such as Government ministries,
local authorities, the media, academic and research institutes, NGOs, citizen
based organizations and voluntary associations and citizens themselves
throughout the country.
The central importance of education to development has been universally recognized. Yet as indicated in the Education For All 200 Assessment at present over 113 million children have no access to primary education, 880 million adults are illiterate and gender discrimination continues to permeate education system. As could be seen provision of universal primary education remains a great challenge for the international community. The Dakar Framework for Action adopted by the World Education Forum Forum put forward the goal to ensure that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to and complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality. Success in attaining these goals will give millions more the skills to rise out of poverty, whereas failure will fuel an educational and indeed social crisis in the decades ahead. Hence, the need to marshal political will and commitment at the highest level toward attaining the Education for All goals and making quality education accessible to everyone. Proceeding from this premise, my country together with many other like-minded fellow members deem it important and timely to launch a United Nations Literacy Decade.
Turning to another report of the Secretary-General submitted under the agenda item 108, namely Cooperatives in social development, I wish to underline the emphasis placed on the potential and contribution of cooperatives for the attainment of social development goals both in the Copenhagen and Geneva final documents. The report clearly indicates that in many countries cooperatives, in their various forms, continue to play an important role in poverty alleviation, employment promotion and in ensuring the fullest possible participation of women, youth, older persons and people with disabilities in the development process.
My delegation wishes to express its appreciation to the Secretariat for providing a revised United Nations guidelines for creating a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives incorporating the views and comments offered by Member States as was requested by General Assembly resolution 54/123. We believe that adoption by the General Assembly of these guidelines at this session will enable Member States use them as a set of general principles in developing or revising their national policies on cooperatives.
from the Report on the World Social Situation 2001 ageing has become a global
the population aged 80 years or older reached 70 million
Mongolia looks forward
the Second World Assembly on Aging and stands ready to
cooperate with other
in bringing the Vienna Action Programme in line with the emerging
realities so that to adequately
address the multifaceted challenges faced by the older people in the early years
of the new millennium.
In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, I wish to reiterate Mongolia's firm commitment to the course of eradicating poverty, promoting full and productive employment, ensuring literacy and quality education for all, fostering social integration to achieve stable, safe and just society for all.