The standard is the basis for creating a comfortable, healthy, and safe environment, planning, and organization of the city. Establishing these standards will positively affect the daily life of citizens, and the environment, and will create advantages for society, and the economy. The Law on Legal Status of Ulaanbaatar City has been successfully amended after 27 years which created the conditions for the city to have a standard. In this regard, a total of 22 sections and 97 standards are planned to be approved, and 38 standards of the first 9 sections have been approved, and their implementation began on October 1, 2022.
A discussion on city standards was held on November 11 to introduce these standards, and to determine the extent of long-term cooperation between relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations.
D. Sumiyabazar: New direction of the city's development will start from here
Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia S. Amarsaikhan, Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar D.Sumiyabazar, Head of the Policy Research and Analysis Center of Ulaanbaatar city R. Dagva and representatives of corresponding organizations and private sectors participated in the discussion.
During the discussion, Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar D.Sumiyabazar said, "Approving and implementing unified standards is the big step to develop the capital city and make it citizen-friendly. This is a new beginning for Ulaanbaatar city. It is very important that the government, institutions, and citizens come together and show their initiative and leadership in the process of implementing, tracking, and monitoring policy documents to create a friendly environment for everyone, and equal access to services.
These standards, approved by the City Council, are being followed in the current and future work. For instance, 65 buses that meet the standards of the public transport industry have been put into service. In other words, these requirements will be followed in the renovation of the public transport fleet”.
The working group with the aim of developing city standards was established in December 2021 with 216 employees, officials, researchers, and professional consultants from 70 organizations, 1558 documents, and materials were studied and standards were developed. In order to develop the standard, academicians, professional organizations, the government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and citizens' proposals were reflected.
Comprehensive, easy, and accessible
Head of the Policy Research and Analysis Center of Ulaanbaatar city R. Dagva introduced the nine sections and 38 standards that were approved by the City Council.
In the first section of the city standards, general requirements and standards are reflected including the areas of social infrastructure, urban planning, urban development, the outdoor environment of commercial and service areas, public property, passenger transport services, lighting and decoration, waste management, comprehensive streets, and green structures.
Additionally, all requirements related to products, and services can be comprehensively received and reviewed in one place, explained with pictures, easy to understand, transparent, and free. It has a unified registration system which is easy to search, read, study, review, and monitor implementation. It is unique in that it is planned to form a system and has a checklist to assess whether each standard has met the requirements.
Everyone's participation is important
By adopting city standards, citizens' participation in city development will increase, and everyone will be able to monitor standard requirements. In the medium term, city culture will foster, and violations of laws and standards will reduce. It is expected that accidents and illnesses caused by adverse environmental conditions will decrease, and access to social services will improve in the long term.
CAPITAL CITY TRAINING, RESEARCH, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY