ULAANBAATAR DIALOGUE INITIATIVE ON NORTHEAST ASIAN SECURITY
Since the 1980’s Mongolia has been consistently pursuing the policy to create a dialogue mechanism in Northeast Asia. These efforts yielded the “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security” initiative in 2013 and officially announced it to regional countries.
The ultimate goal of the Initiative is to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula and help promote confidence building and peacemaking in Northeast Asia.
Within the “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue Initiative”, Mongolia has hosted a series of events focused on Northeast Asia that aimed to promote a confidence building among the regional states. Such as, International Conference “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security issues”, “Northeast Asian Women Parliamentarians meeting”, “The Northeast Asian City Mayor’s forum”, Conference on Northeast Asian Energy Connectivity, Northeast Youth Symposium for Regional Cooperation respectively took place in Ulaanbaatar.
The International Conference “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security” has been annually held since 2014. Conference is now evolving into an open and inclusive mechanism, bringing together representatives from all countries in the sub-region. Discussion topics cover a broad range of issues including security, energy, infrastructure, green development, opportunities of humanitarian cooperation and others.
Each Conference was attended by more than 200 international and national delegates and representatives of the government entities, the United Nations and other international organizations and academia. The Government invitees to the conference include not only the Northeast Asian countries – China, the ROK, the DPRK, Japan, Russia and Mongolia, but also officials from other continents, including Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, the European Union and others.
Since 2017 the conference upgraded to 1.5 levels gathering together both government delegates, wherein diplomats and officials usually express and justify official position, on Track 1 and academia on Track 2.