Kaori Ishikawa, Head of Office for UNFPA Mongolia Country Office

Kaori Ishikawa assumed her assignment as Head of Office for UNFPA Mongolia CO on 20 November 2018. She comes with 20 years of extensive experience managing peace, humanitarian and development programmes as well as policy and advocacy work in over 20 countries.

Prior to her assignment in Mongolia, she served in a number of UNFPA Country Offices and Sub-Offices with large and complex operations, including Lao PDR, Yemen, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Myanmar. She also served in UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) in Cairo and Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch of Technical Division of UNFPA HQ in New York as Gender Specialist.

She has also worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) in Japan.

Kaori is a national from Japan and holds a Bachelor's degrees in Sociology, with specialization on social welfare policy on aging population from Ritsumeikan University, Japan, a Diploma in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK and a Master's degree in Women and Development from Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands and a Master of Business Administration at Warwick Business School in the UK.


UNFPA Mongolia Country Office

UNFPA Mongolia started providing support to the Mongolian government since the late 1970s with the provision of equipment and training to the Central Statistics Office to carry out the population census of 1979 and 1989. Support to maternal and child health began in the early 1980s and consisted of training for medical personnel and provision of contraceptives.

The first comprehensive country programme between the Government of Mongolia and UNFPA began in 1992 and was focused on family planning information and services and promoted the use of population data to support government policies and social issues.

In 1998, the UNFPA country office was established in Ulaanbaatar with a placement of a Representative, and in 2002 a regional sub office (RSO) was opened in Khovd. The RSO's primary focus was to increase community outreach and facilitate the delivery of technical and programme support to selected aimags (provinces) in the western region.

At the end of 2016, UNFPA’s 5th Country Programme came to a close, which covered the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth Development, Gender Equality and Population Dynamics. This coincided with the conclusion of a decade supporting the people of Mongolia in facing the challenges of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNFPA has focused on achieving MDG 3 - equal rights for women and men, MDG 5- reducing maternal mortality and MDG 6 – combating HIV/AIDS. At the end of 2015, Mongolia achieved marked success with MDG 5 in particular, having managed to be only one of 9 countries that successfully met targets to reduce Maternal Mortality by 2/3.

Projects within the programme were conducted in close cooperation with the Government of Mongolia, other UN agencies, local government organizations, and NGOs. Development Partners for the 5th Country Programme included the Government of Luxembourg supporting (1) Telemedicine Project and (2) STI/HIV Prevention Among Youth, Mobile and Most at Risk Populations Project; the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on youth development and combating Gender-Based Violence; and Oyu Tolgoi, LLC supporting the Youth Development Project in the mining district of Khanbogd.

The year 2017 marked the launch of UNFPA’s 6th Country Programme for Mongolia, with a focus specifically on youth development, sexual and reproductive health and rights for youth, and addressing Gender-based Violence :  contributing to the development of a policy environment that 1) promotes quality Sexual and Reproductive Health services for youth; 2) allows for the implementation of Life Skills Education programmes based on human rights and gender equality; 3) encourages greater youth participation and increased representation, particularly for girls, in national laws; and 4) advances stronger protection systems to address violence against women and girls with enhances multi-sectoral response, including in humanitarian settings. The new Country Programme, which covers the period from 2017 to 2021, is to help Mongolia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and it is closely coordinated with other UN agencies within the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).