Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration
11-13 December 2017; FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, overexploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world.

The extreme vulnerability of mountains puts their natural resources under increasing pressure, which in turn affects mountain peoples, exacerbating hunger, poverty and forcing migration. The vast majority of mountain dwellers live below the poverty line, and one-third face the threat of food insecurity. Despite clear evidence of their importance and vulnerability, mountains continue to be marginalized in international negotiation and national policy-making.

Coinciding with International Mountain Day and the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership, the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting will raise awareness of the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the centre of international negotiations, policies and investments. The Global Meeting will launch a Framework for Action to support concrete actions, put in place long-lasting processes and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments. It will also aim to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Invited participants to the Global Meeting will include high-level representatives from mountainous countries, goodwill ambassadors, and representatives of UN conventions, intergovernmental organizations, private sector and civil society, in addition to Mountain Partnership members.

Two two-day training workshops, on the Mountain Green Cover Index and on Ecosystem-based Adaptation, will immediately follow the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting on 14-15 December 2017. 

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