Mongolia, as the current Presidency of the Community of Democracies, will hold the VII Ministerial Conference of the Community on 29 April 2013 in its capital Ulaanbaatar and complete its tenure of the Chairmanship. The Presidency next goes to El Salvador.
The Mongolian Presidency successfully carries out institutional reforms of the CD as decided by the CD’s Vilnius Ministerial Meeting in 2011. During our Presidency, CD Governing Council and Executive Committee of CD were established and the first Secretary-General of CD was appointed.
Mongolia now focuses to transform the CD into a dynamic, inclusive, transparent and fully-fledged international organization. It has initiated the process of accrediting the Community as an observer organization with the UNGA.
Mongolia’s agenda as the CD Presidency: Mongolia places Education for Democracy high among other priorities such as advancing CD regional cooperation, strengthening of civil society, exchange of experiences, and zero tolerance to corruption.
Mongolia, together with fellow democracies has been promoting education for democracy globally. The Heads of State and Government of Finland, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Nigeria and Romania have established an Initiative Group on Education for Democracy (IGED), in 2011 in New York. The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted Mongolia’s resolution on Education for Democracy at its 67th session. The Government of India successfully organized an Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the Community of Democracies on Education for Democracy on 17-18 January, 2013, in New Delhi.
As part of our efforts to promote CD cooperation at the regional level, the Presidents of Mongolia and the Republic of Korea launched an Asian Partnership Initiative for Democracy (APID) in 2011 and the President of Indonesia expressed to join it.
At present close to 130 Foreign Ministers have been invited to the Ulaanbaatar Ministerial and some of them already confirmed their participation. Some Heads of State and Government, and prominent public figures will participate the Ministerial as Guests of Honor of the President of Mongolia at the Ministerial. International organizations are confirming their presence too.
Prior to the Ministerial Conference – on 27-28 April, 2013 – the Presidency will also organize forum on civil society, youth and students, women, corporate entities and parliamentarians which represent the pillars of the Community of Democracies.
Thematic sessions on Education for Democracy, Emerging Democracies in Asia and the Arab world, Democracy and Millennium Development Goals, Corruption and other threats to Democracy, and Online Freedom will be held during the Ministerial. Ulaanbaatar Ministerial promises to become a landmark event for the Community, cementing the accomplishment of the institutional reforms and deciding the future role of the Community.
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