ULAN BATOR, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh on Monday called on his citizens and all public and private organizations in the country to improve protection for children.
"Since 2017, the Mongolian government has tripled the number of organizations responsible for providing child protection services and increased the costs of child protection in stages. However, there is still a need to improve child protection efforts," Khurelsukh said in his greetings on the occasion of the International Children's Day.
"Therefore, all people, public and private organizations in the country need to work together to synergize their efforts to further improve child protective services," the prime minister said.
Children up to the age of 18 accounted for 35.4 percent of the country's 3.2 million people by the end of 2019, according to the National Statistics Office of Mongolia.
Mongolia began marking International Children's Day as an official public holiday in 1996, and celebrates it on June 1.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has not widely celebrated International Children's Day nor organized public activities this year.