J.Blunden: Mongolia is not a country to visit in a hurry.

Jane Blunden, Mongolian expert, one of the first Irish travellers fell in love with Mongolia over thirty years ago when travelling in her 20s. She is an author of “Mongolia travel guide“ and her book has been published in third edition in 2014.  She wrote “…such travel to a far-off country both brings us home and teaches us about ourselves revealing, perhaps, our true identities and, maybe, our deepest desires and greatest fears…” The guide reviews new hotels and restaurants which are popping up as business is booming. Mongolia provides all the information you’ll need to arrange an unforgettable stay with Mongolian nomads, enjoying the centuries-old lifestyle of a traditional Mongolian house – Ger.

Mr Odonjil Banzragch, Minister-Сounsellor of Mongolian Embassy in London, J.Blunden and her sister C.Blunden  are looking to further enhance bilateral relations through cultural, humanitarian cooperation between the two countries.

MONGOLIA INCLUDED IN “TOP 10 ETHICAL TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN 2016”

(Source: CNN.COM) Help has arrived for travelers who’ve resolved to avoid spending their tourism cash in countries with poor human rights and environmental records.

Non-profit group Ethical Traveler — a project of the Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute — has just released its annual list of the 10 most forward-thinking countries in the developing world.

According to the California-based group, each country is reviewed for its performance in the areas of human rights, social welfare, animal welfare and environmental protection.

At the same time, it also needs to have plenty of appeal as a travel destination.

Five first-timers have made this year’s list — Grenada, Micronesia, Mongolia, Panama and Tuvalu.

“By spending travel dollars in forward-thinking countries, explorers can reward the good guys — and encourage humane practices worldwide,” says Ethical Traveler’s report.

The 2016 winners, in alphabetical order, are:

1. Cape Verde

2. Dominica

3. Grenada

4. Micronesia (Federated States)

5. Mongolia

6. Panama

7. Samoa

8. Tonga

9. Tuvalu

10. Uruguay

“There are seven island nations on the 2016 list, marking a continuing trend in the winners’ circle,” says the report.

“Climate change affects islands dramatically, so island nations tend to put extra effort toward effective environmental policies.”

Mongolia’s inclusion is also significant, as it’s the first developing mainland Asian country to ever appear on the list.

“While we acknowledge that no country is perfect, we honor those that strive to build a better, more sustainable society,” says Ethical Traveler co-founder and travel author Jeff Greenwald.

“Their neighbors can learn and benefit from their example — and so can we.”

News

Creative Curating, the Embassy of Mongolia and Cultural Envoy of Mongolia Mrs Unurmaa Janchiv, will present Mongolian artists and their paintings at the 4th edition of the Oxford International Art Fair taking place on 24th, 25th and 26th February 2017 in city of Oxford, UK.

We cordially invite you to visit us at Stand OL18 and vote for us.

As the Runner Up Award Winner of the Oxford International Art Fair in 2015, we are excited to be back showcasing contemporary and traditional artworks of our talented Mongolian artists based in the UK, Mongolia and Poland:

Batbileg Darjaa – Otgonbayar Tod – Tuwdendorj Dariizav – Sendem Choijamts – Elbegzaya Khaltar – Altantsooj Sosorbaram – Odgerel Otgonbayar – Ochirerdene Munkhtulga – Molor-Od Otgonbayar

A rich mix of talented artists from over 30 countries display their artworks at this annual Art Fair, attracting over 6000 visitors every year. This year’s highlight will be an original artwork by the British contemporary artist Damien Hirst, to be displayed by InVogue Art Gallery.

Dates:

Friday 24th Feb 18.00-21.00

VIP Private View Vernissage. Champagne reception, and live music

£10 GBP Booking required

Saturday 25th Feb 11.00-18.00 FREE ENTRY prebook online

Sunday 26th Feb 11.00-18.00 FREE ENTRY prebook online.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeCurating www.facebook.com/MongolianArtLondon

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Twitter: @ ‪CulturalEnvoyMN;  @ ‪CreativeCurate

Website: http://www.creativecurating.org/

Contact e-mail: creativecurating@gmail.com

Publicity: Azaa Studio

 

Information on the Oxford International Art Fair 2017:

www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/exhibitors-2017-1/

 

 

 

 

Mongolian Art & Culture at the Oxford International Art Fair on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2016

Creative Curating on behalf of Mongolian Art and Culture in London, will be representing Mongolian and international artists at the Oxford International Art Fair 2016 on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2016, which will take place at the beautiful Oxford Town Hall. Please visit Stand 64z in the Main Exhibition Hall. Supported by the Embassy of Mongolia in the UK.

Creative Curating ТББ нь “Монголын урлаг соёл Лондонд” ТББ-тай хамтран, Монгол улсын Элчин сайдын яамны дэмжлэгтэйгээр 2 дугаар сарын 26-28-ны өдрүүдэд Их Британийн Охфорд хотноо болох Олон улсын уран зургийн үзэсгэлэнд Монгол уран бүтээлчдийнхээ төлөөллийг авч оролцох гэж байна. Тус байгууллага нь өнгөрсөн жил уг үзэсгэлэнд мөн монгол уран бүтээлчдээ оролцуулан, улмаар үзэгчдийн санал, шүүгчдийн шийдвэрээр багаараа 2-р байрын шагналыг хүртсэн билээ.

Source:   https://mongolianartlondon.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/mongolian-art-culture-at-the-oxford-international-art-fair/

MONGOLIA ATTRACTING INCREASED INTEREST FROM EXPORTERS

(Source: http://www.austrade.gov.au) Australian businesses are taking an increased interest in Mongolia as market opportunities expand from mining which accounts for approximately 20 per cent of GDP to the economy, to include water management solutions.

Brendan Coyne, Austrade’s Trade Commissioner and Consul-General in Mongolia, said the relationship between Australia and Mongolia was strong as demonstrated by the large presence of Australian companies and the opening of the Australian Embassy in Ulaanbaatar in December 2015.

‘There are many Australian mining business operating in Mongolia, especially Australia’s world-class and highly regarded mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies,’ said Coyne.

There are an estimated 200 Australian businesses that have already provided services valued at more than $US83 million to the Oyu Tolgoi (OT) copper-gold mine in the South-Gobi region.

The OT mine, which provides the majority of the copper-gold ore in Mongolia, is planning to commence an underground expansion and recently a multinational finance deal valued at $US4.4 billion was secured to support this expansion.

Institutions involved in this deal included export credit agencies from Canada, the US and Australia through Efic.

While numerous initiatives have been held for Australian METS companies to explain the opportunities in Ulaanbaatar, a recent ‘Doing Business in Mongolia’ business breakfast involving AustCham Mongolia attracted over 90 participants – which was AustCham’s largest attended event.

‘The business breakfast featured a panel discussion involving five experts covering different aspects of commencing and undertaking business within the mining sector in Mongolia.

‘It also leveraged off a major forum Oyu Tolgoi held promoting its Underground Development to suppliers that attracted over 600 organisations and approximately 50 Australian organisations attended which included nearly 30 companies who travelled from outside Mongolia,’ said Coyne.

The opportunities for Australian companies to work with Mongolia were further highlighted at the recent opening of a groundwater monitoring network in the city of Choir, approximately 200 km south of Ulaanbaatar.

‘While mining is important to the economy of Mongolia, there is recognition that water management is central to allow sustainable economic development to occur, particularly in rural areas where agriculture is a part of life.

‘This recognition presents growing opportunities for Australian businesses that can offer new technology and solutions to address water management and conservation concerns,’ said Coyne.

Austrade has also just developed the Mongolian Mining Projects Report 2015 which provides a comprehensive guide for Australian METS exporters considering doing business in Mongolia.

Australian companies can access a copy of the Mongolian Mining Projects report 2015 here or visit Austrade’s website for more information about the business opportunities and exporting to Mongolia.

MONGOLIA INCLUDED IN “TOP 10 ETHICAL TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN 2016”

(Source: CNN.COM) Help has arrived for travelers who’ve resolved to avoid spending their tourism cash in countries with poor human rights and environmental records.

Non-profit group Ethical Traveler — a project of the Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute — has just released its annual list of the 10 most forward-thinking countries in the developing world.

According to the California-based group, each country is reviewed for its performance in the areas of human rights, social welfare, animal welfare and environmental protection.

At the same time, it also needs to have plenty of appeal as a travel destination.

Five first-timers have made this year’s list — Grenada, Micronesia, Mongolia, Panama and Tuvalu.

“By spending travel dollars in forward-thinking countries, explorers can reward the good guys — and encourage humane practices worldwide,” says Ethical Traveler’s report.

The 2016 winners, in alphabetical order, are:

1. Cape Verde

2. Dominica

3. Grenada

4. Micronesia (Federated States)

5. Mongolia

6. Panama

7. Samoa

8. Tonga

9. Tuvalu

10. Uruguay

“There are seven island nations on the 2016 list, marking a continuing trend in the winners’ circle,” says the report.

“Climate change affects islands dramatically, so island nations tend to put extra effort toward effective environmental policies.”

Mongolia’s inclusion is also significant, as it’s the first developing mainland Asian country to ever appear on the list.

“While we acknowledge that no country is perfect, we honor those that strive to build a better, more sustainable society,” says Ethical Traveler co-founder and travel author Jeff Greenwald.

“Their neighbors can learn and benefit from their example — and so can we.”

MONGOLIA – NEUTRALITY

Mongolyin Tsakhiagiin ELBEGDORJ
The President of Mongolia

Mongolia as a neutral state. I have long pondered about this issue. And I exchanged views on the matter. And had some studies done and conclusions drawn. Now the time to discuss it publicly has come.

Every Mongolian cares for further consolidation of our country’s freedom, independence and sovereignty. And every Mongolian endeavors to make his own contribution to this cause. Many view that being a neutral state perfectly serves that very interest. The issue – neutrality – had been hotly debated and discussed during the years when Mongolians fought for restoration of our freedom and independence, and during the tense days of democratic revolution too.

International law views the neutrality status quo in two main categories. This status classification purely depends on the decisions and proclamations a neutral state undertakes. There is a neutrality status quo in wartime. There is also a permanent neutrality status quo. There can also be active and inactive neutrality. So how the policy is named, so the content is defined. And there are certain treaties and agreements in international relations that define the policy essence and principles.

As far as Mongolia is concerned, it is true that Mongolia did not declare herself “as a permanently neutral state”. Yet in substance, form and action our foreign policy is fully coherent with the principles of neutral foreign policy. And it’s commendable that our national laws and the international treaties and agreements that Mongolia is signatory to are consistent with the neutrality principles. More specifically, Mongolia’s neutrality is delicately reflected in the very letter and spirit of the agreements and treaties we concluded with our neighboring states.

When contemplating on and discussing Mongolia’s neutrality policy we must first of all consider the following factors.

One: Since Mongolia adopted her new democratic Constitution Mongolia has actively pursued neutral in substance policies. However, we are yet to declare it, in form. The process of shaping and validating this policy is now only a matter of time.

Two: The history Mongolia has authored, our geographic location, the uniqueness of our chosen path of development are congruent with the spirit and principles of neutralism. Neutrality enables a country to maintain equal and balanced international relations. Other states and international organizations respect such a status quo of a neutral state.

Three: The state of international affairs and International order change over time. Yet the neutral policies and actions do sustain over the course of time. For the state which upholds neutrality preserves the full power to amend, renew or abandon its neutralist policy.

What does “Permanent Neutrality” mean? A permanent neutrality is a policy whereby a sovereign state declares itself to be neutral toward the belligerents during wartime and maintain neutrality in time of peace. In the event a neutral state is attacked by external aggression, it has a full right for defense. At the same time, it voluntarily assumes a duty not to wage and join wars. A permanently neutral state reserves a power to have its own army and troops. And this very right serves as the assurance of the immunity of its neutrality. A classical representative of a permanently neutral state, Switzerland, is considered to have Europe’s most capable army with high maneuver skills. And the founding concepts of Mongolia’s defense concepts are consonant with neutralism.

The territorial immunity of a neutral state is re-assured by international law. This includes both air and water borders too. It is prohibited for belligerent troops to conduct war on the territories of a neutral state. Also a neutral state has the power to not let the transportation of belligerent armies’ personnel, arms and war materials across its territory. Permanent neutrality also has certain implications for nuclear weapons issue and the country’s membership in any military alliance.

In this way the core principle of neutrality is formulated and implemented. Even so, the form of actions and implementation of this policy depends directly on the state which declares neutrality. And the interpretation is the same. Put shortly, the state declaring neutrality has the right to even narrowly define or set certain boundaries and constraints over its neutral powers, and expound and declare this policy. On the other hand, the quality of the neutrality of the state also depends on its international reputation and how active the country is on international stage.

It is not necessary for a state to seek support from any particular country or international organization to validate its neutrality status quo. Yet in international relations, a country which declares neutrality is recognized and even registered as such. But obviously any such state would aspire to achieve understanding, recognition and support from its neighboring states, other countries and international organizations. Our forefathers and fathers have always maintained dignity and temperance in any matter. Inheriting this ancestral quality, we shall hold equally high and honor the UN and our own Charter in our aspirations in the new era.

Unity, continuity and clarity of Mongolia’s foreign policy are at the heart of Mongolia’s interests and benefits. Neutrality is a universally recognized tool useful for us, the Mongolians, to harness and build upon our existing potentials on one hand, and to pursue active, flexible relations with other countries, on the other hand. This may also be seen a universal value, a collective human experience. And an opportunity for Mongolia. Opportunities are rare. Values evolve slowly. Handy here would come our persistence and consistency. Inarguably, that status of ours will help invigorate many policies, initiatives and actions centered on Mongolia.

Mongolia as a permanent neutral state. I think, further discussions and deliberations on this topic, and achieving and implementing certain decisions will be consistent with Mongolia’s interests and benefits. I have briefly explored on the definition, legal status and some other related aspects in a separate note, referenced to this article. May good deeds prosper. May my Mongolia dwell eternally.

September 7, 2015