CentralAsia (MNG) – The  Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations country team launched a dialogue on September 4 to discuss how they can work together to strengthen their development support for the people of Mongolia. The COVID-19 response, government action plan and other potential areas for partnership were discussed.

The dialogue was moderated by Pavit Ramachandran, Country Director of the Resident Mission in Mongolia (MRP), ADB, and Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia. ADB specialists in the sectors of economy, rural development, tourism, social protection, health care, urban development, regional cooperation and integration, education and the environment. The UN was attended by representatives of UNDP, WHO, FAO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, IOM, UN-Habitat and UNIDO. Participants actively discussed possible cooperation in the areas of socio-economic response to COVID-19, health, environment, tourism, agriculture, WASH, urban development and gender.

Mishra pointed out that “the UN sees many common areas in which the ADB and the UN can work together in the future. We have good experience of cooperation in the past, but today we have made a commitment to take our joint cooperation to a new level and achieve real results for Mongolia. “

Ramachandran agreed and pointed out that “there are many new opportunities for deepening cooperation. We must look forward to further partnership efforts as together we can better help the Mongolian people in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future challenges. ”