International Mountain Day
FAO is bringing its wide range of technical expertise and experience to the Mountain Partnership – an United Nations voluntary alliance of countries, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, NGOs and the private sector dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting their environments. FAO is a founding member of the Mountain Partnership (MP) and hosts the Secretariat to support it.
Launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD, Johannesburg, 2002), the Mountain Partnership is a platform for joint action and programmes. Members join forces to promote, facilitate and implement initiatives at national, regional and international levels and to raise awareness about the challenges faced by mountain peoples and environments. Currently, 52 governments, 13 intergovernmental organizations and 163 Major Groups (e.g. civil society, NGOs and the private sector) are members. The Mountain Partnership is a platform for joint action and programmes. Members join forces to promote, facilitate and implement initiatives at regional, national and international levels and to raise awareness about the challenges faced by mountain peoples and environments.
The Mountain Partnership’s work is organized under four main pillars: advocacy, brokering initiatives, capacity development and communications. The role of the Mountain Partnership is to advocate for global attention and tangible commitments from the international community to achieving sustainable mountain development and its duty is to facilitate contacts between countries and institutions and creating conditions for partnerships, technical cooperation and resource mobilization at all levels. The Mountain Partnership facilitates capacity development initiatives which strengthen members’ abilities to develop and manage collaborative activities aimed at sustainable mountain development. Communications entails the creation, collection and sharing of the relevant information to raise awareness of mountain issues.
The Mountain Partnership’s main principles are “participation of all members, accountability, responsiveness, consensus, transparency and flexibility”. The Mountain Partnership Secretariat plays an important role in creating an enabling environment for key actors to work together towards joint goals. At the Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership on 17-20 September 2013, more than 100 Mountain Partnership members gathered in Erzurum, Turkey, to renew their commitment to preserve mountain environments and improve the livelihoods of mountain peoples while also empowering them. A four-year Governance and Strategy and two-year work plan to start in 2014 were endorsed.
Other global initiatives
FAO also contributes to global mechanisms, conventions, processes and initiatives to increase knowledge and conserve mountain ecosystems
At the global level, FAO also enhances cooperation in mountain development with other UN agencies, NGOs and countries, particularly through the Inter-Agency Group on Mountains.