Melbourne Model Pilot
Urban Development


As an Innovating City, Ulaan Baatar participates at the highest level of engagement within the Cities Programme. The city has shown strong leadership in translating the Ten Principles of the Global Compact into day-to day urban governance and management of seemingly intractable issues through adopting collaborative multi-stakeholder approaches to improving the quality of urban life in Ulaan Baatar.

As there was a limited ability to provide citizens with urban services and resources to address social problems, such as unemployment, the Ulaan Baatar project sought to support the exchange of urban planning experiences and good governance by creating highly developed decentralisation systems from national to local authorities. The Mongolian Association of Urban Centres (MAUC) had provided advice, information and services to local urban members and authorities on a range of issues including urban development, provision of urban services and business development.


The project, ‘Mongolia’s Development Strategies for Secondary Cities’, assisted the local authorities within the provinces/aimag/centres of Erdenet, Darkhan, Tsetserleg, Khovd, and Choibalsan. Here, action had been taken to diagnose their development status and identify, clarify and formulate City Development Strategies (CDS) to address relevant issues.


The project had established an enabling environment for social and economic growth, alleviated poverty through local job creation and built institutional capacity for improved governance. The project had aligned and complimented the Government of Mongolia’s Regional Development Concept, which aimed at developing the Aimag centres to encourage more evenly distributed settlement patterns.