At the outset, may I congratulate you on assuming the Chairmanship of the Second Committee and pledge my delegation’s full support in discharge of your important duties. Our sincere felicitations also go to the other members of the Bureau who will navigate the work of the Committee during this historic 70th session of the General Assembly.
My delegation associates itself with the statements made by the distinguished representatives of South Africa on behalf of the Group of 77 and China as well as of Zambia on behalf of the Group of LLDCs.
The Second Committee faces an enormous task to contribute to the implementation of the new global development framework – Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We need to accelerate the implementation of its Agenda and need a robust, inclusive and open mechanism. We must have reliable implementing, monitoring and accountability regulations and institutions in place.
Mongolia is fully committed to sustainable development.
I wish to outline a few key areas, which are significant to my delegation.
First, this Committee must continue to give a strong focus on the special needs and challenges of Landlocked Developing Countries that associated with their lack of direct territorial access to the sea, remoteness and isolation from the world markets. Thus, my delegation believes that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the strengthened Global Partnerships should take into account the vulnerabilities and special challenges facing LLDCs.
The Vienna Program of Action and the 2030 Development Agenda are two sides of the same coin. The effective implementation of above will help LLDCs to overcome their vulnerabilities, build resilience and set themselves on a path of sustainable social and economic development.
Secondly, sovereign debt matters concern many developing countries, including my own country. In Mongolia sovereign debt has reached 58.3 per cent of GDP. It has become one of the challenging issues in the Mongolian economy. Thus, my delegation supports progress on debt and its sustainability in a view of many member states that support further discussion of sovereign debt restructuring and management processes, with active, inclusive participation and engagement by all relevant stakeholders.
For the last decade Mongolia has experienced steadfast growth in the mining sector, the economy grew more dependent on a few commodity exports and became more vulnerable to fluctuations in prices on international markets. The rise of the extractive industry in Mongolia has come at the cost of social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Our past experience proves that it is not an easy task for a developing country with transition economy to achieve the goal to reduce poverty.
Thirdly, climate change is a new challenge. We are concerned by the negative impacts of climate change on our economies, particularly on water, energy, biodiversity, transport infrastructure, agricultural production and food security. My delegation hopes that the climate change Agreement, to be adopted in the context of COP21 at the Paris Summit in December 2015, will take due consideration of the special challenges faced by LLDCs.
Fourthly, policy goals on agriculture, food security and nutrition remain central to the Governments of many developing countries and play a crucial role in achieving our common goals of eradicating poverty in its all forms. Our Government policy is to make continuous efforts by increasing productivity, enhancing entrepreneurship, and promoting and utilizing environmentally friendly technology in the agricultural sectors industries.
Fifthly, The Government of Mongolia is committed to foster the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) including establishing a national coordination mechanism. To this end, the Government of Mongolia organized a Development Dialogue and inception meeting on the National Platform for DRR: Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) towards a resilient Mongolia, in May 2015.
The above-mentioned issues are the utmost important to my delegation.
In conclusion, you can count on our full cooperation and constructive engagement in order to achieve the positive and action-oriented outcomes for this Session.
I thank you for your attention.