Mongolia, 26-28 June 2019 - The International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with the Decent Work for Youth Network of Mongolia organized a Forum that developed green entrepreneurship and project action plans for nine aimags in the Western region of Mongolia. One hundred forty-one participants from trade unions, employers, government (labour & welfare department, labour inspection department, social insurance department, Agency for Family, Children and Youth Development), Mongolian Bar Association, and Mongolia Youth Association worked together on a situational analysis with green entrepreneurship focus.

The participants developed 6 problem tree analyses of the transition to the green economy for the Western region of Mongolia and 9 aimag teams developed project logframes. The aimag teams were from Gobi-Altai, Bayan-Ulgii, Uvs, Khuvsgul, Khovd, Arkhangai, Bayankhongor, Uvurkhangai and Zavkhan.

The Forum contributed to PAGE sustainability actions in Mongolia, by aligning the regional focus to the National Green Development Policy, promoting just transition plans for the waste sector at regional level, and increasing capacity of constituents in the Western region to sustain strategic analysis and actions for the transition to a green economy. Since the Mongolian Parliament has adopted the Sustainable Development Vision (SDV) 2030, PAGE has supported Mongolia in advancing its green development agenda. This Forum responds to PAGE's third outcome: ‘’Mongolia has strengthened individual, institutional and planning capacities for inclusive green economy action’’ by focusing on the Western region of Mongolia and the promotion of green jobs and green entrepreneurship for youth.

The Decent Work for Youth Network was established in 2018 with the support of the ILO and under the initiative of the following organizations – CMTU, MONEF, Mongolian Youth Federation, Agency for Children, Family and Youth Development, Mongolian Bar Association, National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, National Human Rights Commission, General Agency for Specialized Inspection and Labour and Social Welfare Services Agency, with the purpose to promote youth rights at the workplace. Network members work together to promote the youth rights at work.

The Forum addressed two issues of critical importance for Mongolia’s youth employment: (i) the violations of labour rights of young men and women (according to the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia); and (ii) the underdevelopment of green jobs, green entrepreneurship, and green economy for Mongolian regions and rural areas. The Forum focused on increasing the capacity of staff of the network organizations working at aimag level to have better understanding of decent work and green jobs, and to develop specific action plans to promote youth rights and green jobs through green entrepreneurship.

A follow-up meeting with the Decent Work for Youth Network will be organized in November or December in Ulanbataar. This workshop on ‘Green Entrepreneurship for the circular economy’ will provide an opportunity for the project logframes developed by the aimag constituents to be further discussed by Mongolian and international experts, including resource mobilization options.