Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 27 October 2011 - Secretary-General's message on the 50th anniversary of Mongolia's membership in the United NationsIt is a great pleasure to congratulate the Government and people of Mongolia on the 50th anniversary of the country's membership into the United Nations.
UN agencies first became engaged in Mongolia in the early 1960s. Today, 11 agencies are working with Mongolians to achieve the country's development goals and to improve the lives of all Mongolians.
We are also pleased to have witnessed the country's successful and peaceful transition to a democratic society. Indeed, Mongolia has been at the forefront of promoting democracy as evidenced by its current role leadership role in the Community of Democracies.
Mongolia has been an active member of the UN. It has ratified and acceded to more than 140 international treaties and conventions. It is taking action against climate change and desertification. And it has declared itself a nuclear-weapon-free zone, and played a critical role in creating the annual observance of Disarmament Week.
Mongolia has also become a generous contributor to UN Peacekeeping, and is expanding its capacity and role through the Peacekeeping Training Center and generous contributions to operations in Darfur and South Sudan. The country's proposal to establish an international think tank for land-locked countries will give further voice to these nations as they face a set of unique challenges.
I had the immense pleasure of visiting Mongolia in 2009, and saw first-hand the country's natural beauty, its traditional culture, and above all, the commitment of the Government and people to building peace and prosperity for all at home and around the world
Congratulations again on this milestone. I thank Mongolia for being such an enthusiastic and supportive partner over the past half century. We look forward to strengthening our ties in the years ahead.
Statements on 27 October 2011
- New York, 27 October 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks at the UN Day Concert
- New York, 27 October 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly on the Proposed programme Budget for the Biennium 2012-2013
- New York, 27 October 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks at World Food Day Commemoration
- Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 27 October 2011 - Secretary-General's message to mark the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan's Independence [Delivered by Mr. Jan Kubi?, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe]