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UNFPA in Mongolia 


UNFPA Mongolia began supporting the Government of Mongolia in the late 1970s providing equipment and training to the Central Statistics Office to undertake the Population and Housing Census of 1979 – and again in 1989. Support to maternal and child health began in the early 1990s and included training for medical personnel and the provision of modern contraceptives.

The first comprehensive Country Programme between the Government of Mongolia and UNFPA officially started in 1992 and focused on the delivery of family planning services and information and the promotion of population data use to support government development policies and programmes.

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

At the end of 2016, UNFPA’s 5th Country Programme – which provided support in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth development, gender equality and population dynamics – came to a close. This coincided with the conclusion of a decade of support to the people of Mongolia to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNFPA’s support focused on realizing MDG 3 – equal rights for women and men; MDG 5 – reducing maternal mortality; and MDG 6 – combating HIV/AIDS. By the end of 2015, Mongolia had achieved marked success in attaining MDG 5 in particular, being one of only nine countries that successfully met targets to reduce maternal mortality by 75 percent.

UNFPA’s 6th Country Programme in Mongolia was launched in 2017, with a specific focus on youth participation, realizing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth, and addressing GBV. The current Country Programme is supporting Mongolia to achieve the SDGs and is closely aligned and implemented with other UN agencies under the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2022.
The UNFPA country office in Mongolia, led by an International Head of Office, has 30 employees, including a National Liaison Officer who is based in South Gobi province. UNFPA’s operations cover all 21 provinces in Mongolia.