Mongolia Joins EU's Forest Partnership Program at COP27

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NTV Broadcasting
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Mongolia Joins EU's Forest Partnership Program at COP27

The COP27 continues in Sharm El-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt. On the second day of the meeting, Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, the President of Mongolia, attended the high-level meeting of world leaders and gave a statement. He emphasized that Mongolia has become the first country in Asia Pacific Region to cooperate within the European Union's "Forest Partnership" program.

With the aim to strengthen cooperation in the fight against global climate change and desertification, "Memorandum of Understanding on Forest Partnership" between the European Union and Mongolia was signed by Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, and the President of Mongolia Khurelsukh during the Leaders Summit at the climate change conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

“Soil food and people are closely related. If the soil is healthy, the food is healthy. If the food is healthy, the people is healthy. Therefore, the fight against climate change is a basic issue of humanity to protect our soil, protect our food, and protect our people. For example, it is believed that the successful implementation of the One Billion Trees National Movement will not only increase the number of forests in Mongolia, increase the absorption of greenhouse gases, btu also have a positive impact on solving many social and economic problems, such as food security, agricultural production, food supply, and job creation,” said Khurelsukh.

The Partnership is a holistic approach to protect, restore, and ensure the sustainable use of the forests, improve economical value and income source for local communities, increase investment, and realise the potential of creating more than 80 000 employment opportunities.

The forest partnership will seek to work on several key areas including the forest, specifically on the protection and restoration of the ecosystem and through afforestation to support climate change and biodiversity commitments, and the protection of the rights and cultures of indigenous peoples.

Other areas the partnership will work on is the socio-economic development of the communities who live and work in and around forests, the viability and sustainability of forest-related businesses, education, and laws and practices governing the forest sector to ensure the long-term sustainable use of the forest, and other sectors and challenges that affect forests, including agricultural production, alternative energy supplies, and education of future forest managers.

“It is said that two-thirds of the total investment should be allocated to this adaptation measure,” said E. Odbayar, foreign policy advisor to the president.

“A significant difference from previous years is that the fair and efficient open distribution if climate finance is being introduced as one of the official agenda items at this meeting,” said N. Nathuu, advisor to the president’s environment and green development policy.

In his speech, the President of Mongolia also highlighted preparation of the 17th United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification which is planned to be held in Mongolia in 2026.

This is a summary of a broadcast. Watch the original piece in Mongolian from NTV Broadcasting below.

This story was produced as part of the 2022 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published in Mongolian by NTV Broadcasting on 8 November 2022 and has been translated to English and lightly edited for length and clarity.

Banner image: Mongolian President U. Khurelsukh held a meeting with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen / Credit: Montsame.

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