ULAANBAATAR, December 7, 2021 – This year marks the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps, and the 30th anniversary of Peace Corps service in Mongolia. As the anniversary year draws to a close, Peace Corps Mongolia is pleased to host U.S. Ambassador Michael Klecheski and former Foreign Minister Ts. Gombosuren, an instrumental partner for the founding of the Peace Corps in Mongolia, at a celebratory event honoring our partners. The event is scheduled for December 15th at 3PM at the Mongolian Art Gallery.
H.E. Mr. Gombosuren officially signed the formal Inter-Governmental Agreement with U.S. Secretary of State James Baker to establish the Peace Corps in Mongolia on Aug 2nd, 1990. The first Volunteer cohort arrived on July 3rd, 1991. Since then, a total of 1.429 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Mongolia.
The Peace Corps mission is as relevant today as when it was first developed 60 years ago. Peace Corps seeks to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served.
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
This year has been a celebration of the people, American and Mongolian, who have worked, partnered, and learned together, side-by-side for the past 30 years to fulfill this mission and goals.
About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.