UN re­sponds to ‘death from Smog in mon­go­lia’ pe­ti­tion

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Or­ga­ni­za­tions of all lev­els have been pay­ing a great deal of at­ten­tion to im­prov­ing the air qual­ity since the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil flagged “disas­ter” sign for the air pol­lu­tion level in Ulaan­baatar in Jan­uary 2017.

See­ing that the air pol­lu­tion is still high even two years later, an Ulaan­baatar res­i­dent, B.Bat-Er­dene, lodged an on­line pe­ti­tion called “Death from Smog in Mon­go­lia #Hu­manRights” to the United Na­tions. The pe­ti­tion was sup­ported by 50,000 peo­ple within four days af­ter be­ing shared on­line, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to go for­ward to the UN for con­sid­er­a­tion. By De­cem­ber 27, 58,567 peo­ple had signed the pe­ti­tion.

Re­spond­ing to the pe­ti­tion on De­cem­ber 17, the UN ex­pressed that it stands ready to work with all par­ties – from the gov­ern­ment to busi­nesses and cit­i­zens – on de­vel­op­ing fur­ther so­lu­tions to­gether to­ward clean, safer air for all.

The UN promised to con­tinue to sup­port the Mon­go­lian gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety with tech­ni­cal ad­vice on re­duc­ing ex­po­sure, strength­en­ing health ser­vices, pro­mot­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and clean heat­ing, as well as long-term plans for re­new­able en­ergy.

It rec­om­mended, “Mon­go­lia is among a grow­ing num­ber of coun­tries fac­ing this chal­lenge. There are no quick fixes. It will take sus­tained, long-term pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ments to re­solve the causes of air pol­lu­tion, as well as mit­i­gate its im­pact on pub­lic health. This in­cludes ad­dress­ing the sources of air pol­lu­tion and re­duc­ing emis­sions by pro­vid­ing amongst other things greater op­tions for cit­i­zens to adopt clean en­ergy, bet­ter in­su­la­tion in homes (in­clud­ing gers) and re­duc­ing coal­based power. It also in­cludes re­duc­ing ex­po­sure by im­prov­ing in­door air qual­ity, im­prov­ing air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing, pro­vid­ing real-time ad­vice on when to avoid be­ing out­side and – when ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary – to go out in well-fit­ted, fil­ter­ing face masks.”

The UN un­der­lined that the fight against air pol­lu­tion is one of its high­est pri­or­i­ties in Mon­go­lia.

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