IUCN welcomes Mongolia as a new State Member

The Government of Mongolia has announced its decision to become a Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism has been designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Government of Mongolia.

Ulaanbaatur, Mongolia, Sept 2009

Mongolia is a land-locked country in north-east Asia. It is bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south, east and west. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and also the largest city, is home to about 45% of the population. With an area of more than 1.5 million square kilometres and a population of around 3 million people, Mongolia is the 19th largest, and one of the most sparsely populated, independent countries in the world. It is also the world's second-largest landlocked country.

The country contains very little arable land, as much of its area is covered by grassy steppe, with mountains to the north and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. The official language of Mongolia is Mongolian which is spoken by 95% of the population. Mongolia's wide range of relatively intact ecosystems provides habitat for a variety of plant and animal species, some of which are globally endangered.

“IUCN is extremely honoured to welcome the Government of Mongolia into the Union as a State Member,” said Aban Marker Kabraji, IUCN Regional Director, Asia. “We share Mongolia’s aspirations for development that values and conserves nature and are keen to pursue closer collaboration as the country leads the way toward a green and inclusive economy.”

Mongolia is known for its rich cultural heritage that values harmony with nature, and for its relatively pristine terrain. In the past several years the country has embarked on its National Strategy on Green Development that fosters the promotion of green growth and protection of the environment. Under the strategy, Mongolia is committed to a development model that aims to protect natural resources and maintain the sustainability of ecosystems services while improving human well-being. In addition to the State Member, Mongolia is home to an IUCN NGO Member, the Hustai National Park Trust.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO Members and almost 15,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries around the globe. Mongolia is the 14th State Member from the Asia Region (South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia), joining Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam, along with 27 Government Agencies, and more than 200 NGOs and Affiliates in 21 countries in the region.

For more information contact
Raj Kumar, Regional Membership Focal Point for Asia, IUCN Asia Regional Office, t. +66 (2) 6624029 (ext. 117), e. [email protected]

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