Madame Under Secretary General,
Mr Director-General of the World Health Organization,
The global threat - noncommunicable diseases are serious health and economic burden in Mongolia.
The Mongolian Government has been taken following measures in order to fulfill its commitments made at the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs in 2014.
Mongolian Sustainable Development Vision 2030 has an objective to reduce the main NCDs, its risk factors and preventable deaths through an active and inclusive partnership of all stakeholders. To achieve the objective, the Government has been implementing the State Policy on Health, National Programme on NCD prevention and control, National programme on salt reduction, and National programme on the prevention of injuries.
We are actively cooperating with our bilateral and multilateral partners to strengthen primary health care, to improve and integrate multisectoral cooperation in order for reducing NCDs effectively.
The Prime Minister of Mongolia has taken an initiative to reduce air pollution, one of the main health risk factors and has been chairing the National Committee on Air pollution to ensure effective Government coordination and multisectoral cooperation.
We have a positive trend on the reduction of mortality due to cardiovascular diseases in recent years. I would like to proudly say that this is an outcome of the continuous implementation of the Cardiovascular center project funded by the Government of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since 2001.
I also would like to note the valuable supports that has been continuously provided by the UN agencies in Mongolia, namely by the WHO, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.
With purpose to improve the quality and accessibility of primary health care in Mongolia, the Government has increased the state budget for 2019 for primary health care centers by increasing the set tariff per person and also has been taking multilateral actions on improving NCO early detection, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and health education for the population by introducing the latest approaches and methodologies.
Moreover, the Government has been taking policy measures to increase funding for reducing the common NCOs by increasing taxation on alcohol and tobacco, increase the supply of healthy foods including the traditional dairy products and to implement costeffective NCO interventions.
It is crucial to increase funding of not only local government, but also of international donor organizations, if we to achieve the SOG goal for reducing by one-third premature mortality due to NCOs by 2030.
I assure you of Mongolia's readiness to cooperate with all of you to achieve our common goal for NCO.
I wish everyone a good health and well-being!