20.02.2017 - ODG

UNESCO and Mongolia Reinforce Cooperation

©UNESCO/Christelle ALIX -UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the Ambassador of Mongolia to UNESCO, Mundagbaatar Batsaikhan.

UNESCO and the Government of Mongolia signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, during a ceremony with Director-General Irina Bokova and the Ambassador of Mongolia to UNESCO, Mr Mundagbaatar Batsaikhan, on 20 February 2017.

Spanning the 2016-2020 period, the Memorandum of Understanding covers all UNESCO’s areas of competence, specifying cooperation to:

  • promote SDG4-Education2030 through technical assistance, policy advice, capacity building, standard setting and the promotion of best practices
  • strengthen science, technology and innovation systems
  • support inclusive social development and intercultural dialogue
  • promote culture-based sustainable development, including in the framework of the implementation of the UNESCO Culture Conventions ratified by Mongolia
  • enhance mechanisms for access to knowledge and information, strengthening media development and promoting freedom of expression

Recalling her visit to Mongolia in 2011, when she signed the previous agreement, the Director-General welcomed the focus on the SDG Agenda and referred to the country’s rich cultural diversity and its leadership role in the Community of Democracies. The Ambassador expressed his country’s longstanding and strong relations with UNESCO, welcoming the new agreement that will further reinforce cooperation.

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