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07 to 08 September 2022 | Open meeting


The Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2022,  ESCAP’s flagship publication, raised anew the critical status of SDG implementation in the Asia-Pacific region indicating that the region is not on track to achieve any of the 17 SDGs. There is also diverse progress across subregions. For East and North-East Asia, the subregion is on track to achieve Goal 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, owing to its robust manufacturing base and advanced infrastructure. The subregion has likewise progressed in the fight against poverty (Goal 1). However, although the subregion is an economic powerhouse, achieving the targets on decent work and economic growth (Goal 8) remains a serious concern largely due to resource use inefficiency. Consequently, the subregion has regressed in responsible consumption and production (Goal 12) and climate action (Goal 13).

The 2030 Agenda commits to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions—economic, social and environmental —in a balanced and integrated manner. And facilitating an inclusive and networked (broad-based) engagement is a key element in the process of progressing SDG implementation. 

To this end, the North-East Asia Multistakeholder Forum on SDGs is held annually since 2017 providing a subregional platform for rich exchanges of perspectives among various sectors on the SDG implementation. The SDG Forum is also an important component of regional and global SDG engagements. It is part of the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) , which itself is one of the regional consultations for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) . 

ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office jointly organizes the SDG Forum with subregional stakeholders and partners. The Ministry of Economy and Development of Mongolia is the host Ministry of the SDG Forum 2022. The SDG Forum 2022 is also organized in partnership with Mongolia’s UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UN RCO) and UN Country Team (UNCT).

The overarching objective of the SDG Forum 2022 is to foster an inclusive dialogue among multistakeholder groups in North-East Asia across the SDG targets in focus, which include: clean water and sanitation (Goal 6); affordable and clean energy (Goal 7); industry, innovation, and infrastructure (Goal 9); sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11); and partnership for the goals (Goal 17). 


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07 Sep 2022
  • H.E. Mr. Khurelbaatar Chimed (Minister, Ministry of Economy and Development, Mongolia)
  • Mr. Kaveh Zahedi (Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP)
  • Mr. Tapan Mishra (UN Resident Coordinator, Mongolia)
Session 1 – In Focus: Food security (Goal 2)

Moderator:  Mr. Vinod Ahuja (FAO Representative, Mongolia)

          - Sustainable development goals and food sector development (Mr. Jambaltseren Tumur-Uya, State Secretary, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Mongolia)

          - Mr. Ke Yousheng (Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP)

          - SDG2 on food security: Issues and challenges in ROK (Ms. Jin Ju, Researcher, Green Transition Institute, Republic of Korea)

          - Mr. Dmitrii Aristov (Third Secretary, Division for ECOSOC and UN Regional Commissions, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation)

Session 2 – Progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in North-East Asia and Voluntary National Review

Moderator: Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP ENEA Office)

  • SDG progress: National and VNRs

          - Mr. Ke Yousheng (Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP)

          - Japan’s efforts to achieve the SDGs (Mr. Koichiro Matsumoto, Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan)

          - Implementation progress of SDGs: Second Voluntary National Report (Mr. Batjargal Khandjav, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Development, Mongolia)

          - Progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: ROK (Ms. Hyunjoo Kim, Second Secretary, Development Agenda and Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea)

          - Mr. Alexander Dukarev (Head, UN and G20 Division, Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Federation)

Session 3 – Affordable and clean energy (Goal 7): Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Moderator: Mr. Yasin Janjua (Economist, United Nations Development Programme)

Session 4 – Industry, innovation, and infrastructure (Goal 9): Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Moderator: Mr. Benjamin Musuku (Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Mongolia)

Session 5 – Breakout discussions

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Rapporteur: Mr. Munkhbat Duusuren (Green Cities Officer, GGGI Mongolia)


Goal 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

Rapporteur: Mr. Sangwon Lim (Development Coordination Officer/Economist, UN RCO Mongolia)

Session 6 – Report to plenary
  • Rapporteurs to report highlights of breakout discussions
08 Sep 2022
Session 7 – Clean water and sanitation (Goal 6): Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Moderator: Evariste Kouassi-Komlan (Representative, UNICEF Mongolia)


  • SDG 6: Progress and opportunities (Ms. Brooke Yamakoshi, UNICEF Regional Office)
  • Mr. Ke Yousheng (Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP)
  • ADB’s engagements with sanitation and water (Mr. Tom Panella, Director for Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, East Asia Department and Chair, Water Sector Committee/Group, Asian Development Bank)
  • Water quality in Mongolia (Dr. Batdelger Odsuren Odsuren, Institute of Geography and Geoecology, MAS, Water Service Regulatory Commission of Mongolia)
  • Ms.Undargaa Lkhagvadorj (UBAT solution NGO, Mongolia)
Session 8 – Sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11): Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Moderator: Ms. Elaine Conkievich (Resident Representative, UNDP Mongolia)

Session 9 – Breakout discussions

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Rapporteur: Ms. Juliet Nicole Braslow (Sustainable Development Officer, Section on Countries in Special Situations, Office of the Executive Secretary, ESCAP)



Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Rapporteur: Ms. Enkhtsetseg Shagdarsuren (Programme Officer, UN-Habitat Mongolia)


Session 10 – Report to plenary
  • Rapporteurs to report highlights of breakout discussions
Session 11 – Partnerships for the goals (Goal 17): Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Moderator: Mr. Mark Koenig (Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Mongolia)   

Session 12 – Breakout discussions

Session 12 – Breakout discussions

Rapporteur: Ms. Juliet Nicole Braslow (ESCAP)


Group A: Impacts of compounded crises: Energy, food and financing impacts on the SDGs (more impacts focused)


Group B: SDG solutions, partnerships and good practices in times of crises (more solutions focused)

Session 13 – Key messages, priority actions and reflections
Khurelbaatar Chimed_PP
H.E. Mr. Khurelbaatar Chimed
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H.E. Mr. Khurelbaatar Chimed, Member of Parliament, Minister of Economy and Development, has extensive experience in policymaking, public financing management as well as in the financial and economic sector. During 30 years of his political career, he served as a Researcher for the Ministry of National Development (1991-1992), Senior Economist for the Government’s Economic Policy Support Project (1998-2000), Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister (2000-2003), State Secretary of Ministry of Finance (2003-2007), Minister of Fuel and Energy (2007-2008), Chairman of the Standing Committee on Budget (2008-2009, 2016-2017, 2021-2022), Minister of Mongolia, Chief of Cabinet Secretariat (2009-2012) and Minister of Finance (2017-2021).

He has now been serving as a Member of the Parliament of Mongolia for the fourth consecutive term since 2008.

Mr. Kaveh Zahedi_PP
Mr. Kaveh Zahedi
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Mr. Kaveh Zahedi is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations ESCAP. He oversees ESCAP’s programmes on energy, environment, natural disasters, finance, trade, transport, social development, and statistics, all in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also supervises ESCAP's institutes on ICT for Development (Incheon), disaster information management (Tehran), agricultural mechanization (Beijing), statistics (Chiba) and technology transfer (Delhi). He helps to run the UN Regional Cooperation Platform, facilitates collaboration with UN Resident Coordinators and Country Teams and oversees implementation of the UN regional reform process.

Prior to this, Mr. Zahedi worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) including as its Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific and as Deputy Director of the Division of Economy.

Mr. Tapan Mishra_PP
Mr. Tapan Mishra
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Mr. Tapan Mishra has taken over his role as the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UN RC) for Mongolia in September 2019. As UN RC, the highest-ranking representative of the United Nations Development System in Mongolia, he has been designated by the UN Secretary General to lead the UN Country Team in coordinating operational activities for development in the country. Before this post in Mongolia, Mr. Mishra served as UN RC in DPR Korea from 2015 to 2019.  Mr. Tapan Mishra first joined the UN system in 2003 as the UNDP Learning Advisor and Deputy Chief of the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) in the Office of Human Resources, Bureau of Management where he moved up to become the Director and Chief of LRC from 2007 to 2013.

Mr. Vinod Ahuja_PP
Mr. Vinod Ahuja
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Mr. Vinod Ahuja is country representative of FAO in Mongolia. Prior to moving to Mongolia, he was based at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok as Livestock Policy Officer. During 1998-2009, he taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and worked for the World Bank in Washington DC during 1994-97. He has written extensively on a broad range of topics including barriers to collective action, poverty and income distribution, commercialization of agricultural services and food security and nutrition.

He has supported a large number of field projects in Asia and promoted partnerships towards establishing new service delivery models based on genuine farmer needs. He has been an ardent advocate of the potential of dairy sector towards promotion of household food security, nutrition, and empowerment of women in poor countries.

Dr. Hamza Malik_PP
Dr. Hamza Malik
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Dr. Hamza Malik is the Director of the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD) at the United Nations ESCAP). He leads ESCAP’s research that analyzes economic conditions and emerging development challenges in Asia-Pacific countries and evaluates potential policy options and financing strategies that can support them in their pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is a member of several UN task teams that support its global work pertaining to financing SDGs, including on climate finance, debt issues, and economic recovery policies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before joining ESCAP in 2014, Hamza Malik worked as the Director of Monetary Policy Department at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) – country’s central bank – from June 2007 till November 2014.

Mr. Jambaltseren Tumur-Uya_PP
Mr. Jambaltseren Tumur-Uya
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Mr. Jambaltseren Tumur-Uya is now serving as State Secretary of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry since May 2020. Before this, he used to serve as a General Director of State Administration and Management Department of Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, also used to work as Director of Khalkh Gol, Authority of National Agricultural Development Zone between 2016 and 2018. He holds a BA degree in both Sociology, and Business Administration, and holds MBA from the National University of Mongolia, Master of Social Change and Development from the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Mr. Ke Yousheng_PP
Mr. Ke Yousheng
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Mr. Ke Yousheng is Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to UNESCAP since 2020. Mr. Ke holds a master’s degree in Public and International Law at the University of Melbourne.

He served as Counsellor in the Department of International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of China between 2018 to 2020, prior to which he was Counsellor at the Mission of China to ASEAN. During 2012 to 2015, Mr. Ke was the Division Director in the Department of International Economic Affairs, MFA, China.

Ms. Jin Ju
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Ms. Jin Ju is a researcher on the right to food, food policy and climate change, at the Institute of Green Transition in Republic of Korea. Prior to joining the IGT, Ms. Jin worked on the right to food at Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Committee (2006-2012), carrying out field research in many Asian countries including India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Papua and Indonesia, and the Philippines etc. In Republic of Korea, Ms. Jin worked as a governmental official for the sub-national governments on human rights policy and the policy on agriculture and fishery. As a researcher, Ms. Jin worked at the Institute on Agriculture and Peasants supporting the Korean Women Peasants Association and Korean Peasants League, and the La Via Campesina. Ms. Jin earned her MA in Sociology and is currently a PhD candidate in Law.

Mr. Baasanjav Ganbold_PP
Mr. Baasanjav Ganbold
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Mr. Baasanjav Ganbold is the Head of United Nations ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office based in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Prior to joining ESCAP in 2019, Dr. Ganbold worked extensively for the government of Mongolia as a career diplomat, serving as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2013-2018) and Vietnam (2004-2008), and more recently as the Ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Sustainable Development. Earlier he served as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Director-General of the Departments of Public Affairs and Asia and the Pacific respectively, and in the Embassy of Mongolia in Pyongyang, DPR of Korea. He earned his BA in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia, MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, and PhD in Law from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea.

Mr. Koichiro Matsumoto_PP
Mr. Koichiro Matsumoto
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Mr. Koichiro Matsumoto is Director for Global Issues Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan. He has been in the current position since July 2022. Prior to the current position, he was Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs at the Prime Minister’s office, overseeing government-wide public relations issues serving for three prime ministers (Mr Abe, Mr Suga and Mr Kishida). In his earlier career as a diplomat, he held various positions as Deputy Director in-charge of nonproliferation issues, foreign press, the G8/G20 Summit (Japan’s Sherpa assistant) and national security issues.

Mr. Batjargal Khandjav_PP
Mr. Batjargal Khandjav
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Mr. Batjargal Khandjav is the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy and Development of Mongolia. Prior to joining the Ministry of Economy and Development in 2022, he has worked at the National Development Agency as the Chairman, and at the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism as the Director of the Climate Change and Foreign Cooperation Department, Director of the Public Administration Department, and the Director of the Nature Conservation Fund. During his career, he has worked on United Nations projects, ADB projects, and other projects as a Project Director. Some highlighting projects include “Developing a policy document on Mongolia’s nationally determined contributions (NDC) for the Paris Agreement” project and “Managing Soil Pollution in Ger Areas through Improved One-site Sanitation” project, “Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)” projects.

Ms. Hyunjoo Kim_PP
Ms. Hyunjoo Kim
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Ms. Hyunjoo Kim has served as a development cooperation expert in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea since 2009. She worked in Development Cooperation Division, Development Cooperation Planning and Evaluation Team, and Multilateral Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Division.  Before joining the Foreign Ministry, she worked in a Korea NGOs Council for Overseas Cooperation as a program officer coordinating various NGOs’ activities and planning education and capacity-building programs (2005-2008). Ms. Kim also worked as a project manager at Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division, United Nations Industry Development Organization (2018-2021). Currently, she is in charge of the UN SDGs agenda in Development Policy and Agenda Division of the MOFA.

Mr. Alexander Dukarev
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Head, UN and G20 Division, Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Federation

Dr. Nelya Rakhimova_PP
Dr. Nelya Rakhimova
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Dr. Nelya Rakhimova is a sustainable development advocate, educator and policy analyst. She is a founder and CEO of Open School for Sustainable Development (Openshkola), coordinator of the Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia (CSDR) and the first civil society review on the implementation of the SDGs in Russia, Board member of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, ECE RCEM Governing Body Member, Member of GCAP Europe Regional Council, Teach SDGs Ambassador. In 2016, she received Ph.D  in  natural  science  at  TU Dresden,  Germany,  in  2011  a  master  degree  in Environmental Planning at ASU, USA as a Fulbright Scholar. She worked as a Policy Advisor at UN DESA at the Division on SDGs in New York, USA, as a consultant for UNSSC, UNDP, UN-HABITAT.

Mr. Mohammad Yasin Janjua_PP
Mr. Mohammad Yasin Janjua
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Mr. Mohammad Yasin Janjua is an Economist with UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP, he has worked as an Economist with the Government of Canada, Canadian international Development Agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and as macroeconomics consultant with the World Bank, European Union, GIZ, DFID, and as a visiting faculty member with premier universities in Canada, including York University, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto at Mississauga. As an executive at UNDP's Centre for Poverty Research and Social Policy Development in Pakistan, he led work on Pakistan’s Economic Growth Framework 2010 and Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Report 2010. Janjua holds a master’s degree in Economics from Kansas State University in USA and a Certificate in Economics of Environment and Innovation Policy from University of Ottawa.

Mr. Sergey Tulinov
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Sergey Tulinov has been working for the United Nations secretariat for more than 10 years.

He is managing projects on sustainable energy to support countries of the Asia-Pacific region in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 and the Paris agreement.

Mr.Yeren-Ulzii Batmunkh
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Mr.Yeren-Ulzii Batmunkh is the Director-General of the Policy and Planning Department of Ministry of Energy, Mongolia. He was born in Uvurkhangai province of Mongolia. In 2003, he graduated from Mongolian University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Power system automatization. He has a master's degree in Energy Policy Planning from the University of Technology (Sydney, Australia). Mr. Yeren-Ulzii Batmunkh started his career as an engineer in the Energy Training Center and worked his way up to his current position as the Director-Generаl of the Policy and Planning Department. Prior to his role at the ministry, he worked in research at implementing agencies under the Ministry and was a specialist in the field of power supply and demand projection, feasibility studies of new projects and power system extension plan. Mr.Yeren-Ulzii Batmunkh has 16 years-experience in the energy sector.

Mr. Arnaud Debauge_PP
Mr. Arnaud Debauge
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Mr. Arnaud Debauge serves as Climate and Energy Analyst in the Research and Policy Team of UNDP China. In this role, he also coordinates the Secretariat of the Planet Results Group of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), that encompasses all UN activities in environment, climate and biodiversity in China. Having 7 years in the climate and energy field for 7 years, he worked previously as a lecturer and programme manager in the Sino-European Engineering College of Shanghai University (UTSEUS), as general manager of the NGO China Carbon Forum, and as a junior research and higher education officer at the Embassy of France in Beijing.

Ms. Qing WANG_PP
Ms. Qing WANG
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Ms. Qing WANG is the Gender and Climate Change Programme Officer for UN Women China Office, based in Beijing, China. Qing works in environment and climate field for over ten years. Joining UN Women in 2017, Qing has been working on promoting women’s economic empowerment and leadership in climate actions. Besides, she has been acting as a member of UN Planet Result Group, for enhanced UN collaboration and gender mainstreaming. Qing earned her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Mr. Jieon Lee
Mr. Jieon Lee
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Mr. Jieon Lee is climate and energy coordinator with the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM). He serves as a member of policy committee in the Korea NGO’s Energy Network and member of energy committee in Dangjin City. He worked as executive director with Climate Emergency Action and Member of Forum on Low carbon social vision in the Ministry of Environment.

Mr. Tsevegmid TUMENTSOGT
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Mr. Tsevegmid TUMENTSOGT was appointed as a Chairman of the Business Council of Mongolia in August 2020. Mr. Tumentsogt served as a Board Director of Oyu Tolgoi LLC from 2018 to 2020 and as a CEO of Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Government shareholder which holds 34% of interests at the world class Oyu Tolgoi copper & gold project from 2019 to October 2021. Mr. Tumentsogt served as a CEO of Erdenes Mongol LLC, Mongolia’s largest state holding company responsible for managing Government strategic mining assets in Mongolia from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Tumentsogt served as a Chief Representative & Executive Director of General Electric (GE) International Inc. in Mongolia from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Tumentsogt served as an Advisor to Minister of Fuel and Energy, and his experience in public sectors include serving as a Commissioner at the Energy Regulatory Commission, and working at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Fuel and Energy, State Property Committee. Mr.Tumentsogt supports business advocacy groups and actively participates and contributes to activities of professional organizations, including Project Management Institute (PMI) Mongolia Chapter, Future Energy Mongolian Hydrogen Council (FEMHC).

Mr. Munkhbat Duusuren_PP
Mr. Munkhbat Duusuren
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Mr. Munkhbat Duusuren is Green Cities Officer at Mongolia office of Global Green Growth Institute. He is leading the project delivery and development of GGGI's 'Green Cities' service offerings in Mongolia, supporting the government and stakeholders to design and implement green growth strategies and action plans related to the green cities theme and other GGGI focus area of climate, energy and green finance.

Munkhbat has an MBA degree in project management from Kyoto University and has work experience in private and public sectors in Mongolia and Japan.

Mr. Lei Xiaomeng_PP
Mr. Lei Xiaomeng
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Mr. Lei Xiaomeng is Chief Expert of China Electricity Council and works for CEC since 2016. He worked in the national power dispatching center as the head of the system operation department since 1982; from 2003 to 2016, he worked as the vice chief engineer of China Yangtze Power Co., Ltd. He served as a member of the study committee C2 (system operation and control) of the international large power system Conference (CIGRE) and still participates in the work of relevant working groups. At present, he is a member of the steering committee of the Northeast Asia Power Interconnection and Cooperation Forum (NEARPIC) and the working group of the GMS power trade coordination committee.

Mr. Thilasoni Benjamin Musuku_PP
Mr. Thilasoni Benjamin Musuku
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Mr. Thilasoni Benjamin Musuku is the Senior Financial Sector Specialist for Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice (FCI GP) World Bank in the East Asia and Pacific Region, covering Mongolia.  Mr. Musuku, a Zambian national, joined the World Bank in 2009.  He relocated to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in September 2021.  His prime responsibility in Ulaanbaatar is coordinating the World Bank country sector program for the FCI GP while actively participating and contributing to multi-sectoral teams involved in policy dialogue with the authorities, and delivery of investment and policy-based operations, analytical and advisory services. Ben received his MSc in International Money and Banking from the Birmingham University, England.  He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Business Economics) from the Copperbelt University, Zambia. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ben worked 13 years for the Zambian central bank in roles covering supervision and monetary policy. Ben started his career at Barclays Bank in 1995.

Dr. Clovis Freire_PP
Dr. Clovis Freire
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Dr. Clovis Freire is the Chief of the Technology and Innovation Policy Section of the Division on Technology and Logistics of UNCTAD based in Geneva. He is the main author of UNCTAD’s Technology and Innovation Report. Prior to joining UNCTAD in 2018, Dr. Freire worked since 2003 at UN DESA in New York and UNESCAP in Bangkok on issues related to sustainable development, economic growth and structural transformation, economic diversification and strategies for building the productive capacities of developing countries. He earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, MBA in Strategic Management of Information Systems from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Brasilia, Brazil, MSc in Computer Science from the University de Brasília (UnB), and PhD in Economics from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Ms. Mika Tachibana_PP
Ms. Mika Tachibana
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Ms. Mika Tachibana is the Policy Researcher of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Kansai Research Centre (KRC) in Kobe, Japan. After joining IGES in 2009, Ms. Tachibana has been engaging in several projects of promoting the transfer of Japanese Low Carbon Technologies (LTCs) to Indian industrial sector over the decade including projects related to the Japan-India Technology Matchmaking Platform (JITMAP). She was also involved in a feasibility study project on the application of the LTCs targeting several countries in Asia (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam) as well as a feasibility study project on the replication of the JITMAP initiative in other Asian countries (Thailand, Vietnam). Currently, she is expanding her research field and promoting the concept of the Regional Circular and Ecological Sphere (Regional-CES) to Asian countries (Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam). 

Mr. Yesukhei Enkhuvshin_PP
Mr. Yesukhei Enkhuvshin
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Mr. Yesukhei Enkhuvshin has spent the last 13 years in the diplomatic service and has been appointed as Director of the Investment Research Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia in 2021. The IRC is a body within the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is responsible for international connectivity and economic corridors. Upon obtaining bachelor’s degree in International Relations in 2009, he started his career at the Ministry of Foreign affairs as officer at Diplomatic Protocol Department, where he coordinated various official visits, including VVIP visits at level of Heads of State and Government. In 2012, he was promoted to Third Secretary and was transferred to Department of Europe and Middle East of the MFA, which was later rearranged and renamed as Department of Europe and Americas. Later in 2015, he became Deputy Director of the same Department. In 2016, Yesukhei was appointed as Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Mongolia in Paris, where he was also tasked to serve as Deputy Permanent Delegate of Mongolia to UNESCO.

Dr. Mamello Thinyane_PP
Dr. Mamello Thinyane
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Dr. Mamello Thinyane is a Senior Research Advisor at the United Nations University institute in Macau, where he manages a portfolio of research projects on cyber resilience and data and sustainable development. These projects aim to enhance the cyber resilience of civil society stakeholders and their participation in sustainable development data ecosystems in Macau SAR and the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Thinyane holds a PhD in Computer Science from Rhodes University and has over 15 years of experience working on multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary digital development projects in Africa and Asia.  Before joining UNU, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, as well as the Director for the Telkom Centre of Excellence in ICT for Development at the same institute. He was also a visiting researcher at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales - Australian Defense Force Academy.

Ms. Risa Endo_PP
Ms. Risa Endo
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Ms. Risa Endo is Deputy Director General and Climate Change Program Leader of Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES). After working for insurance and energy related companies, she has worked at JACSES since 2014. She is in charge of Climate Change Program and SDGsSCP Program, and main activities include advocacy actions, policy making, information sharing and public awareness campaign. She also serves as a convener of thematic units for Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs, one of vice chair of Climate Action Network Japan, and the secretariat of the Network on Environment and Gender. She earned her BA in Liberal Arts at Tsuda University in Japan and MSc in Globalisation and Development at The University of Manchester in the UK.

Mr. Sangwon Lim
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Development Coordination Officer/Economist, UN RCO Mongolia

Mr. Evariste Kouassi-Komlan_PP
Mr. Evariste Kouassi-Komlan
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Mr. Evariste Kouassi-Komlan is the UNICEF Representative to Mongolia. He has extensive experience working on children’s issues in development and complex humanitarian contexts, with a particular focus on ensuring linkages between climate change and social sectors and in building partnerships. He provided leadership for water, sanitation, and hygiene programmes in 24 countries and territories in UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office before assuming his duties in Mongolia in November 2021.  

Mr. Tom Panella_PP
Mr. Tom Panella
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Mr. Tom Panella is the Director for Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture in the East Asia Department at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is Chair the Water Sector Committee/Group for ADB. As Director in East Asia, he is responsible for managing operations including strategy; project development, management, and programming; policy dialogue; and knowledge management. As Chair of the Water Sector Committee, he provides oversight for the ADB-wide Water Sector Group for policy development, institutional engagement in water issues, and strategic direction of lending and non-lending water operations. He served as ADB’s Chief of Water Sector Group from 2017-20, Afghanistan Country Director from 2014-17, and joined ADB in 2003. He has led water operations in Central, South, and Southeast Asia including postings in Indonesia directing the water and climate change programs and in Uzbekistan as head of operations. He worked at the World Bank from 2000 to 2002 as a Water Resources Management Specialist.

Ms. Brooke Yamakoshi_PP
Ms. Brooke Yamakoshi
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Ms. Brooke Yamakoshi, WASH Specialist, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO). Brooke brings 15 years of experience in designing, managing, and advising programmes in WASH and integrated water resources management for the World Bank and UNICEF, with skills in strategy development, resource mobilization, capacity building and partnership development. Brooke has supported programmes around the world, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Brooke holds an MSc. in Systems Engineering (water and sanitation) and BSc. in Civil Engineering (water resources) from University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, USA.

Dr. Batdelger Odsuren_PP
Dr. Batdelger Odsuren
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Dr. Batdelger Odsuren is the Head of Hydrochemistry Laboratory, Institute of Geography and Geoecology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Odsuren has been working as a researcher at the institute since 2005. She earned her BA in Chemical Engineer from University of Science and Technology, Mongolia, MA in Science from UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands, and PhD in Environmental Studies from University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Japan.

Ms. Undargaa Lkhagvadorj
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UBAT solution NGO, Mongolia

Ms. Elaine Conkievich_PP
Ms. Elaine Conkievich
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Ms. Elaine Conkievich is UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia. She is a senior international development professional with 28 years of experience in human rights, rule of law, gender mainstreaming, democratic institution building, conflict resolution, and preventive diplomacy. Prior to joining UNDP as Resident Representative in Mongolia in November 2019, she was UN Women Representative in Kazakhstan, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.   From 2012-2014, she served as Director, Department of Democratization, OSCE Mission in Kosovo promoting good governance, democratic elections, and media freedom. Ms. Conkievich’s work with the OSCE, UN and international NGOs includes working in Tajikistan, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Latvia, and Germany.

Mr. Omar Siddique_PP
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Information Notes


General Information

The Forum will be held in Emerald Room (2nd Floor) Blue Sky Hotel. 
•    Address: Peace Avenue 17, Sukhbaatar District, 1st Quarter, Sukhbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Registration opens at 08:30 a.m. on 7 September 2022. 


All the participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangement. The hotel list near the meeting venue is as follows. To ensure the UN special rate will be applied, participants are kindly required to inform their booking details (the name of hotel, room type, duration) to ESCAP ENEA by 31 August 2022.

Name of Hotel

Address and Contact No.

Room Rate

(UN special rate)


Blue Sky Hotel (Forum venue)

Peace Avenue 17, Sukhbaatar District, 1st Quarter,

Sukhbaatar, Ulaanbaatar

Tel: 976 7010 0505

Email: [email protected]


Deluxe King Room

  • Inclusive of breakfast for a person
  • Inclusive of 10% VAT, 1% city tax, 5% service charge


Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel


Prime Minister Amar's Street 15, Ulaanbaatar 14200

Tel : +976 (11) 323 162

Email : [email protected]

MNT 270,000

Deluxe Room


  • Inclusive of breakfast for a person
  • Exclusive of 10% VAT, 1% city tax


Chinggis Khaan Hotel

Tokyo Street 10, Ulaanbaatar 49

Tel: 976-000 0099



Standard single

  • Inclusive of breakfast
  • Inclusive of 10% VAT

Corporate Hotel LLC, Central

Mahatma Gandhi St 39, Ulaanbaatar

Tel: 976 7000 2030

Email: [email protected]



Standard King

  • Inclusive of breakfast


Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar Hotel

Sambuu Street 24, Ulaanbaatar, 15141

Email[email protected]

Tel: 976-70-142424



Standard King

  • Inclusive of breakfast
  • Inclusive of 10% VAT

Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace

Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace East Cross Road, Ulaanbaatar

Tel: 976 11 463 463

Email: [email protected], [email protected]



Superior (single)

  • Inclusive of breakfast for a person
  • Exclusive of 10% VAT, 1% city tax, 5% service charge


Novotel Hotel

Baga Toiruu 6Th Khoroo, 14201


Tel: +976 7010 1188

Email: [email protected] 


USD 115.50

Standard King Single

  • Inclusive of breakfast for a person
  • Exclusive of 10% VAT, 1% city tax, 5% service charge


Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar Hotel

Address: 19 Olympic Street, Sukhbaatar District-1, Ulaanbaatar

Tel: (976) 7702 9999

E-mail: [email protected]



Deluxe (single)

  • Inclusive of breakfast for a person
  • Exclusive of 10% VAT, 1% city tax, 5% service charge


Springs Hotel

Sukhbaatar district, 1st Khoroo,

Olympic Street 2A

Tel : 976 113220738/976 70129010

Email : [email protected]

USD 80

  • Inclusive of breakfast for a person
  • Inclusive of 10% VAT
  • Exclusive of 1% city tax, 5% service charge


*Note: Please settle payment DIRECTLY with the hotel on all accounts, including room charges and other expenses, such as for local and long-distance telephone calls, business center use, laundry, room service and hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services. Participants are also responsible for any charges incurred with respect to rooms remaining vacant owing to their late arrival or rescheduled departure for which inadequate prior notice is given. Forum organizers do not have any responsibility for any expenses incurred. 


All the participants need to make their own transportation arrangement from the airport to the hotel.

The Chinggis Khaan International Airport is located 52 km from the city of Ulaanbaatar. The Travel time from the Airport to Blue Sky Hotel is approximately 60 minutes depending on traffic.

Visa Requirements

All participants are advised to consult with the diplomatic mission of Mongolia in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable immigration requirements and, if necessary, to obtain an appropriate visa prior to their departure. 

Daily Subsistence Allowance

(For ESCAP-sponsored participants)

As of 1 August 2022, the United Nations daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rate for Ulaanbaatar is USD213 or MNT672,000, the rate is subject to change on monthly basis. The DSA will be paid at the venue in local currency to cover accommodation (stay of three nights), local transport cost, meals and other miscellaneous expenses. Participants who are unable to stay for the duration of the meeting are requested to inform the ESCAP ENEA as soon as possible after arrival, so that the subsistence allowance can be adjusted accordingly.  In order to facilitate the payment of DSA, participants are requested to bring their passports, e-tickets and boarding passes at the Registration Desk on the first day of the Forum. 


Participants are advised to arrange at their own expense insurance against sickness, accident, permanent or temporary disability, death and third-party risk for the period of the meeting. The organizers will not assume responsibility for any other expenditure, including the following: 

  • All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country; 
  • Cost incurred by the participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting; 
  • Compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting; and 
  • Any loss or damage to individual property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants 

COVID-19-related Information 

As of 1 August 2022, COVID-19 related restrictions for entry to Mongolia have been lifted. Negative COVID-19 PCR tests before and after arrival are no longer required. Since the requirements could change at short notice, it is strongly recommend to contact the nearest Mongolian Embassy/Consulate for the most up-to-date advice.

Participants who need to have PCR / RAT tests before going back to their country are advised to arrange the test at their own expense. Information on test centers will be provided in this Note once available. 



Foreign exchange rate 
Official currency of Mongolia is Mongolian Tugrik (MNT). As of 1 August 2022, the exchange rate for 1 USD is 3173.82 MNT. 

September weather in Ulaanbaatar usually ranges between 1°C and 16°C. 

Banking/Foreign Exchange Services 
The currency exchange service is available at Blue Sky Hotel.


Mr. Yoshihiko Fujita
Research Associate, ESCAP ENEA 
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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