New Year Address to the Nation of Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia

I convey to you, my dear fellow countrymen, my greetings for the New Year,

I am delighted to greet you on the eve of the New Year from a warm home of a happy Mongolian family in Chingeltei district, from the hearth of our motherland.

In just few moments, we shall bid goodbye to 2013 and enter the 2014. The 2013 has been an auspicious year of success and achievements for our country. It was the year of the 2222nd Anniversary of the Mongolian Statehood.

The 2013 was a year of assessment of the quality of the Mongolian democracy. Mongolia successfully hosted the Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies and has proudly handed over the Chairmanship of the Global Community of Democracies.

The 2013 was a year of historic choice to consolidate achievements and aspire greater success with renewed zeal and dedication. I wish to reiterate my sincere gratitude to the people of Mongolia for entrusting me to continue the duties of the Head of State of the country. I have and shall serve the common interests of my people and the development and prosperity of my nation as a vigilant soldier on duty.

The 2013 was a historic year to lay down the foundation to the Smart Government policy and marked the start of many important reforms.

The 2013 was a year full of new records, new works and new creations of our talented citizens – scholars and scientists, artists and athletes.

In 2013 we were able to guarantee and consolidate our achievements in strengthening rule of law and justice. In the last two years, Mongolia was able to reduce corruption and advanced her ranking on anti-corruption drive by 36. Judicial reform is robustly underway.

The 2013 was a year of “Citizen Participation”. Citizens’ participation in policy formation and decision making level has increased.

The 2013 brought us not only success and achievements, but also challenges and restraints. But I am confident that learning lessons and meeting the challenges, all of us together will be able to build the path to lead us to development and prosperity.

My dear fellow countrymen,
Few seconds have now left for the New Year to arrive.

I do believe that the 2014 will be a wonderful year for my people. In 2013, many young Mongolians were born to our homes. Just a few days ago, on the eve of the New Year, we welcomed our quadruplets. Soon, there will be three million of us. We will grow many, and bigger a family.

The 2014 must become a year of drastic changes in reducing and eliminating violence against women, children, seniors.

I wish the 2014 becomes a year of inclusive economic prosperity, a year which sees an increase in our household savings. We shall pay concerted attention to achieve this goal. I wish it becomes a year of honoring not the populists, but the wealth creators.

The 2014 shall be a year of decisive role to craft a research-based, service-oriented and ruled by law State.

The 2014 shall be a year of solutions to air pollution, threatening the safe and healthy livelihood of our people; a year of progress in the fight against all forms of injustice that frustrate our people.

I convey my best New Year greetings to the entire people of Mongolia. I wish a Happy New Year to all Mongolians residing and studying abroad. Let us all keep the honor and dignity of Mongolia high, let us be a support, a friend and family to each other.

I convey my heartfelt New Year greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens on duty this night, at this moment of advent of the New Year.

I convey my warm greetings to Ambassadors and envoys of foreign countries and international organizations, working in Mongolia. I wish all the best to all partners and friends of Mongolia, working with us for Mongolia’s development and prosperity.

May the 2014 be a happy and healthy year for our beloved little ones – our children, our honorable seniors, and for all the people.

May our hearty wishes and greetings to each other on this beautiful night come true in the New Year.

And with this, let me raise my bowl of milk to the happiness and wellbeing of every family and home. May the people of Mongolia be blessed and live a life full of happiness, joy and harmony.

Once again, I wish you a Happy New Year!
Have a fantastic New Year!

December 31, 2013