Ulan Bator, 9 August 2022 (TDI): UN Chief Antonio Guterres paid an official visit to Mongolia at the invitation of the country’s President Khurelsukh Ukhnaa.

The official lauded Mongolia’s commitment to peace and security in the world. In this regard, he extended appreciation towards Mongolian peacekeepers and the country’s commitment to nuclear peace.

Highlights from the visit

The official was received by the Foreign Minister of Mongolia Battsetseg Batmunkh. The two also held a high-level meeting later. The UN Chief also took part in a tree planting ceremony in the capital city of Ulan Bator.

This was subsequently aimed at recognizing Mongolia’s “One Billion Trees” initiative which aims to plant 1 billion trees by 2030 as part of Mongolia’s efforts to reduce the impact of climate change.

 Mongolia’s role in peace and security

The UN Chief declared Mongolia a symbol of peace. In this regard, the official highly praised Mongolia’s contribution to efforts in strengthening international peace and security.

Particularly ensuring nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, as well as stability on the Korean Peninsula.

The official also appreciated Mongolia on its commitment to non-proliferation and disarmament by declaring itself a nuclear-weapons-free zone.

The visit subsequently coincided with the 30th anniversary of Mongolia’s declaration of its territory a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

Moreover, the UN Chief also lauded Mongolian peacekeepers on the 20th anniversary of their first deployment to UN peacekeeping operations.

Finally, he appreciated Mongolia for its contribution to the activities of the United Nations. The official also affirmed the UN’s support to the country in the areas of peace, human rights, and sustainable development.