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Ulaanbaatar to be more child friendly in cooperation with UNICEF

Ulaanbaatar, 28 May 2015 UNICEF Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar city will be working together to improve the well-being of children living in the capital and to reduce urban disparities having signed a memorandum of understanding between two organizations.

The urban population of Mongolia stands at about 1.99 million, or 68.1 per cent of the total population, with 1.37 million (almost two thirds of the urban total) living in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Despite average annual economic growth rate of 8.9 per cent in the past 10 years, Ulaanbaatar is characterized by socioeconomic disparities in levels of access to services between the central formally planned areas and peripheral unplanned (ger) areas. As of 2011 around 184,200 people or 60 per cent of Ulaanbaatar’s population live in gers with very limited access to basic services like water, sewage systems and central heating.

Although the child deprivations are lower in the capital city when compared to rural areas, many children in the capital city struggling to overcome poverty, without proper access to the “urban advantage”, especially in peri-urban areas of Ulaanbaatar.

Using UNICEF’s global technical expertise and best practices from different countries, the partnership will promote and implement principles related to the “Child Friendly City Initiative” including child-friendly governance, planning and budgeting. This includes development of evidence-based policies to address urban disparities affecting children’s access to basic social services and preventing them from reaching their full potential. In addition, UNICEF will contribute to the city’s efforts in mitigating air pollution and devising strategies to tackle its effects on children.

“UNICEF is already implementing the Child Friendly Community initiative in Nalaikh district in order to create a child friendly district in Ulaanbaatar by 2016. Now with the MoU, we can broaden our support and help Ulaanbaatar to become a safer and healthier place for children to live in” said UNICEF Mongolia Representative Roberto Benes. “One of the areas of support will be tackling air pollution and mitigating its effects on children’s health and overall well-being. As a first step, we plan to host an international consultation on “Children and Air Pollution” to identify low-cost and high-impact solutions that mitigate hazardous effects on children’s health. The MOU has however a much broader scope and it is aimed at joining efforts to increase positive initiatives to support children in Ulaanbaatar as well as social mobilization and advocacy to ensure that children are always a priority in local planning decisions.”.


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Ariunzaya Davaa, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Mongolia,, Phone: 99112652 

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