High-Level Political Forum Mountain Partnership Side Event: Building Climate Action in Mountains

United Nations Headquarters, New York
From: 16.07.2019 to: 16.07.2019

Mountain ecosystems are home to almost one billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, and provide essential services for downstream areas, particularly water regulation. Climate change increasingly threatens the ecosystems service provision by mountains and their support to mountain communities’ livelihoods. The Mountain Partnership is hosting a side event, organized by the Government of Andorra, called “Building Climate Action in Mountains”, at the High-Level Political Forum 2019 in New York, New York at United Nations Headquarters on 16 July from 18:30 – 20:00.

The event addresses Sustainable Development Goal 13 regarding climate action. The objective of the side event is to advocate for pro-mountain climate change adaptation policies, report on the Framework for Action for implementing mountains in the 2030 Agenda, encourage international commitment for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, share innovative agricultural initiatives and ethical financial schemes for climate-smart mountain communities, and build alliances and better data to promote the role of mountains as the world’s water towers.

The event will be moderated by Mr Grammenos Mastrojeni, Coordinator for the Environment at the Italian Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chair of the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee. Panelists include H.E. Ms Maria Ubach, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Andorra; H.E. Ms Mirgul Moldoisaeva, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN; Mr Jacques Ducrest, Alternate Delegate of the Federal Council for the Agenda 2030, Switzerland; Mr Josep M. Casals Alis, Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Sustainability of Andorra; Ms Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP; and Mr Giorgio Grussu, Project Coordinator FAO-Mountain Partnership Secretariat.

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