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The EU Delegation to Mongolia presents its roadmap for engagement with Civil society Organisations

Ulaanbaatar, 20/08/2021 - 05:44, UNIQUE ID: 210820_1
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The EU Delegation to Mongolia presents a public summary of its roadmap for engagement with civil society, developed in consultation with Civil society Organisations in Mongolia. The European Union recognises the many different roles that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) play as promoters of democracy, and as defenders of rights holders, the rule of law, social justice and human rights.

The EU Delegation to Mongolia presents a public summary of its roadmap for engagement with civil society, developed in consultation with Civil society Organisations in Mongolia. The European Union recognises the many different roles that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) play as promoters of democracy, and as defenders of rights holders, the rule of law, social justice and human rights.

“An empowered civil society is a crucial component of any democratic system and is an asset in itself. It fosters pluralism and contributes to more effective policies, equitable and sustainable development and inclusive growth. Civil society organisations embody a growing demand for transparency and accountable governance.” Ambassador Hristea said.

The priorities identified in cooperation with Mongolian Civil society Organisations revolve around three issues:
1. Promoting an enabling environment allowing CSOs to better contribute to the development and governance of Mongolia;
2. Support Civil Society engagement in climate change adaptation and mitigation, including moving towards a low-carbon, resource efficient, green circular economy;
3. Support public-private partnerships and alliances with Civil society to promote inclusive growth for sustainable economic diversification, and improve competitiveness and public service.

At a time when the space for civil society is shrinking in an increasing number of countries, the EU opposes to any unjustified restrictions to freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly that hinder the work of CSOs. The EU is strongly committed to play an important role in promoting stronger positions on civic freedoms and against any reduction in the space for civil society to act.

The EU has become the leading donor for local CSOs, including those active in humanitarian assistance and in protecting and promoting human rights and democracy. It is within this framework that the European Union launched the EU Country Roadmaps for engagement with CSOs – a new way of working for EU Delegations and Member States, allowing for more structured and strategic cooperation with civil society in each of the countries the EU partners with.

The purpose of the roadmaps is to improve the impact, predictability and visibility of EU actions, ensuring consistency and synergy throughout the various sectors covered by EU external relations. These roadmaps are also meant to trigger coordination and sharing of best practices with the Member States and other international actors.

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