​The 8th Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable takes place in Mongolia

The 8th Multi Stakeholder Partnership meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock,jointly organized by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry (MoFALI), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) is being held for the first time in Mongolia on June 11-15, 2018.

The Chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, Fritz Schneider, State Secretary of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, D.Enkhbat, Director Of State Administration and Management Department of the Ministry, T.Jamshartsen informed the journalists about the importance, expected results and organization of the meeting today (2018.06.11) .

The regular meeting of 2018 was decided to be organized in Mongolia in accordance with the proposal of the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia during his attendance in the 7th Multi Stakeholder Partnership Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, organized in Ethiopia, Africa in May, 2017.

More than 120 delegates from 34 partner countries of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, approximately 200 guests and delegates composed of Agricultural Ministers of the regional countries as well as officers from Mongolian governmental and non-governmental organizations and other relevant agencies are participating in the 8th Multi Stakeholder Partnership Meeting to be held at Conference Centre of Red Rock Resort, Ulaanbaatar.

The Members of the International meeting will hold 5 days forum under the topic of "Towards Sustainability - Livestock on the move" and discuss about the contribution of GASL for implementing objectives defined by the Berlin International Green Week and 23th UN Climate Change Conference at the global level. At the regional and national levels, contribution and importance of the pastoral livestock for ensuring UN Sustainable Development Goals and the development of an environmentally-friendly and competitive livestock husbandry sector will be discussed and resolved. Specifically, challenges and resillience management of nomadic and pastoral livestock husbandry during this time of intensive climate change and global warming will be seriously considered.

The Parliament and the Government of Mongolia have initiated critical measures within the policy of establishing legal environment for pastureland in line with the country's specific character and condition, focusing on the quality rather than the number of livestock and raising the productivity of the livestock. We are committed to the goals of improving livestock health, ensuring supply of safe and reliable quality food and raw materials for consumers and increasing exports. In order to achieve these policies and goals, we have been working with national and international organizations and academic institutions and strengthening public-private partnerships.

The organization of the 8th Multi Stakeholder Partnership meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock in Mongolia will create the opportunities to demonstrate Mongolian nomadic livestock husbandry and its customs and traditions in the world, introduce livestock sector policies and programs to the foreign delegates at the same time attracting investment.

In brief, the organizers are emphasizing the significance of representing the contribution of livestock sector for ensuring UN Sustainable Development Goals by Mongolia.

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock was established in 2011 to promote sustainable development of the livestock sector and increase sector's investment. There are 104 member organizations worldwide, such as World Bank, FAO, World Organization for Animal Health, the governments and the intergovernmental organizations, donors, civil society, training and research institutions.

The objectives of ensuring poverty reduction, hunger strike, health promotion, economic growth, secure employment and responsible consumption along with reducing the effects of climate change, protecting terrestrial ecosystems, and strengthening partnerships for development are indicated on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The main goal of the Agenda is to increase the contribution of the livestock sector to achieve the above mentioned goals. Consequently, the Agenda is aimed at ensuring food and nutrition security, promoting livelihoods of herders and farmers, providing them with economic opportunities and the practice of rational use of natural resources.