Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mongolia: Mongolian leader underscores needs of landlocked developing countries

President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

UN - Spotlighting the concerns of least-developed land-locked countries, the President of Mongolia today told the United Nations General Assembly that the newly created sustainable development agenda do not adequately address his country’s special needs.

President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj told the 69th high-level debate in New York that his country looks forward to working with partners to revise the new set of anti-poverty targets which will guide international development starting in January of 2016.

Speaking to representatives of 193 Member States, Mr. Elbegdorj also called on the international community to work through the Organization to tackle some of the key security and development issues facing the world.

“At this time of turmoil we, as a family of nations, must rally around the World Organization, as a centre of multilateralism, upholding its Charter and universal principles of international law,” he said.

He noted the importance of collective action to stop the atrocities being committed by the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), resolve through political dialogue the situation in Ukraine, and ensure an effective response to Ebola, among other themes.

The President also highlighted the importance of strengthening peace and stability in North-East Asia as one of Mongolia’s national security priorities, including stabilizing the Korean Peninsula through an early resumption of Six-Party Talks.

“As a country with a declared nuclear-weapon-free status, Mongolia firmly believes that the Korean Peninsula must be nuclear-weapons-free,” he underscored.