The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj has attended the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum which was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
This year’s meeting attracted Heads of State and Government of over 80 different countries, high-level delegations and more than 2600 representatives from international organizations, private sector and civic society.
At the World Economic Forum, the world’s leaders have discussed the most pressing global challenges and share their views under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.
President Elbegdorj has participated in the following sessions to express Mongolia’s position and exchange views.
On Jan 18th, the President of Mongolia participated in the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders themed “The top priorities of the USA’s next administration”. At the meeting, they discussed issues related to security, economic and investment policies of the President-elect Donald Trump, as well as the first 100 days of his presidency and exchanged views on the next top priorities of the White House.
Then, President Elbegdorj participated in the session themed “Regional Transformational Power Projects”. At the session, the world leaders discussed the Asian Super Network project and the implementation of the regional energy projects and its risks.
Later in the day, the President of Mongolia participated in the session themed “Strengthening Trust Through Leadership”, where he shared views on the anti-corruption policies in the world infrastructure projects, openness and transparency and enhancing the good governance.
On Jan 19th, President Elbegdorj participated in the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders /IGWEL/ on the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership in a Multi-polar World”. Leaders discussed the world’s top cooperation priorities of 2017, the most important issues that the UN Secretary General needs to pay attention, new policies and decisions of the White House and strengthening a responsible leadership in the today’s society where the people’s trust in the government has fallen and the rising populism.
After, the President of Mongolia attended the discussion themed “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Through Strengthening Cooperation: The Leading Role of Mining Sector. Mining sector can help implement the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly and therefore, the world leaders accurately discussed this issue.
Afterwards, President Elbegdorj participated in the discussion on water security. During the discussion, the parties exchanged views on using the experiences and recommendations of the 2030 Water Resources Group to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Water Resources Group was launched in 2008 at the World Economic Forum and it has attracted over 400 partner organizations from over 10 countries. These partner organizations are committed to redefine the world’s water policies and they aim to contribute to the coordinated effort to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of ending extreme poverty; growing strong, inclusive, and transformative economies; and protecting our ecosystems.
On Jan 20th, the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj participated in the session themed “the Silk Road Effect”. At the session, the parties discussed political and financing issues of the new Silk Road project which connects Asia and Europe and shared their thoughts on the future impacts of the project to the regional integrity.
President Elbegdorj emphasized the importance of using green technology in the construction project of the new Silk Road, for instance, trains that will travel between Asia and Europe should run on renewable energy.
Moreover, he noted: “In 2016, I had a trilateral meeting with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the President of China Xi Jinping, where we signed an important agreement on creating economic corridor between the three countries. As you know, Mongolia is located between these two big countries. Mongolia has vast territory of 1.5 million square kilometers and ranks among the top 10 resource-rich nations in the world.
Last year, Mongolia hosted the 11th Asia-Europe Summit /ASEM/ and welcomed the Heads of State and Government of 53 different countries. Concluding the Summit, we adopted the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and one of the core goals of this document was to be connected and to cooperate through the Silk Road. Indeed, Mongolia has a plan to be included in this huge project. Mongolia was one of the founders of the Silk Road. The Silk Road, the ancient trade route between Asia with Europe, was established during the Mongol Empire. As you know, under the leadership of the Chinggis Khaan and the Uguudei Khaan, Mongolians created the largest land empire in world history. Therefore, Mongolians should be included in the Silk Road project and this is one our future ambitions in the region”.
Following, the President of Mongolia participated in the discussion on air pollution. The world leaders discussed opportunities for using modern technology to combat air pollution, to protect human health implementing long-term policy, to develop agriculture and to fight climate change.
Moreover, the President of Mongolia took part in the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders themed the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. At the session, parties touched upon the issues related to using environmentally friendly technology, enhancing the collaboration between the government and the private sector in this field and implementing new standards and rules.
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