by Olzod Boum-Yalagch, Chairman of the Mongolian Green Party, Ulaan-Baatar
In these days of “pandemic” disasters, mankind is looking for solutions to address social, economic and environmental challenges. We believe that the way from this impasse is the concept of a green deal based on a pragmatic way of thinking and acting. Younger generations are active in developing a green deal, which is defined as ecological oriented social and economic sustainable development. This is why parties are keen to place their own green deal in their political programmes to attract future voters.
The Global Greens Charter
The Mongolian Green Party (MGP) is first Green party in Asia and is part of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation as a founding member of the Global Greens movement. Following the Global Greens Charter, we represent in our country our core values of ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity, focusing on actions against climate change and gender discrimination, which are the main problems in the Asia-Pacific region. The Pacific Greens are successful in implementing environmental goals like the zero-carbon bill, which was passed by the Aotearoa New Zealand Greens.
As the most populated continent, Asia has many socio-economic and environmental issues which need much quicker solutions than other places in the world. We produce almost half of the world’s carbon pollution and the region also encapsulates social injustice with the enormous disparity between rich and poor.
Following the resolution adopted by the Global Greens states, the Global Greens Charter set up mechanisms for collaboration to combat climate change:
Accelerating the global transition to 100% renewable energy: campaigns to keep fossil fuels in the ground, abandon nuclear power and develop renewable energy solutions.
Promoting climate finance delivery, justice and accountability: campaigning for divestments, green bonds and ending fossil fuel subsidies. Facilitating the implementation of the United Nations Paris Agreement on Climate Change between state and non-state actors through cross-sectoral work to reduce emissions production.
Protecting nature: campaigning for biodiversity, the integrity of ecosystems, and the resilience of life sustaining systems.
The Mongolian Green Party is pushing ahead
The MGP, one of oldest political parties in Mongolia, supports social movements close to our goals and encourages the candidacy of NGO representatives to parliament elections. We give a lot of attention to participatory democracy at a local level. In this context, we are willing to be the strong voice for the environment in our society with representation in parliament and to increase public concern about environmental issues by putting them in a top position. Concrete actions are also being taken: since the pandemic our party has a position on a “basic income” based on the production of renewable energy and financed by higher taxation of mining resources. This is in line with the constitution of Mongolia, which states: “Natural resources are in the hands of the people of Mongolia and under state protection.” We are trying to find both short- and long-term solutions.
Members and supporting members of our party and citizens of Mongolia are working closely together to implement this concept of basic income through a project named “Mongolian Unition”. This is one example of social problems, such as poverty, being addressed with a just distribution of environmental resources based on the green deal concept of the Greens of the Asia Pacific Region.
Green Parties of the Asia-Pacific Greens Federation:
Australian Greens, Green Party of Bangladesh, Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UKPP), Green Party of Iraq, Greens Japan, Jordanian Democratic Nature Party, Green Party Korea, Green Party of Lebanon, Mongolian Green Party, Nepali Greens, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, Pakistan Green Party, Green Party of the Solomon Islands, Green Party Taiwan, Green Party of the Philippines