Mongolia's 'One World UN Conferences Series' Empowers Youth

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In the 1990s, the United Nations held a number of world conferences to address urgent problems faced by all Member States. These high-profile meetings forged a global consensus for new development agendas and strategies in preparing for the new century. The Government of Mongolia has taken a number of follow-up actions, in collaboration with its development partners, to implement the policies articulated at the global conferences.

One such innovative project, initiated by the Government of Mongolia and implemented in dose cooperation with UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) represented in the capital Ulaanbaatar, is the "One World UN Conferences Series". Consisting of six national conferences, the project emerged as a national response to the United Nations objective to promote and ensure an integrated and coordinated implementation and follow-up to major UN conferences and summits of the 1990s. The Series covered the conferences on children, human rights, population, social development and women, dosing in June 1999 with a "Millennium Summit".

Young delegates aged 15 to 19 from all over the country, including those with disabilities and from low-income families, participated in the conferences. The main purpose of the direct and active participation of Mongolia's youth was to raise the general public's awareness of the goals set and the commitments undertaken by Governments, to promote dialogue with the decision makers on follow-ups and to encourage an active involvement of the youth, civil society and local governments in the implementation of the relevant national plans of action. …