The Peace and Friendship Organization of Mongolia is one of the eldest public organizations in Mongolia.
Since the mid 20th century Mongolia’s foreign relations have been extended mostly in the fields of art and culture. In this connection several ministries, state committees and public mass organizations decided to unite their efforts in this regard. As result, the “Mongolian Committee to interact with foreign countries through Friendship and Culture” was established in November 1958. This had marked the foundation for the present Peace and Friendship Organization of Mongolia. From the point of view to make the image of the organization more public and mass oriented, in April 1959 it was separated from the Government structure and converted into “Mongolian Federation of Peace and Friendship Organizations” consisting of 9 peace and friendship, humanitarian and mass organizations. It is considered that since that time our public peace and friendship movement has organized as joint voluntary association of NGOs.
The history had witnessed that such many mass organizations as the Mongolian Red Cross Society, Con-Federation of Mongolia Women, Mongolian Union of Historians, Association of Mongolian Scientific Workers and others were born as independent public bodies from the ranks of this Mongolian Federation of Peace and Friendship Organizations.
In 1992 Mongolia has proclaimed a goal to build a humane, democratic and law-governed society, and has adopted a new Constitution, which had created favorable and full legal conditions in the country for its irreversible entry into a democratic path of development and market oriented economy. In 1997 a new law on “Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)” was adopted opening wider opportunities for the civilians and civic organizations to rally round on their voluntary basis. All these events and developments have ensured possible environment for the given organization to be organized, renewed and to conduct its operational activities independently pursuant to the challenges of the time, as a central organization of public diplomacy.
Now the PFOM has 35 member organizations and many thousands of individual members, supporters both in the country and abroad.
The PFOM conducts friendly contacts and cooperation with more than 200 foreign mass organizations on bilateral and multilateral basis.