Our Journey 2017: Mountain Partnership Secretariat


The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects on its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development last year in its 2017 annual report. “Our Journey 2017: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report”, the publication documents the Secretariat’s work in the areas of advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives.

This publication highlights noteworthy achievements, such as celebrating International Mountain Day with 180 events in 35 countries, and training participants of the International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) on topics such as bioeconomy. The report also features a regional section, providing a sampling of success stories of Mountain Partnership members on their quest towards developing mountains sustainably. 

Although it is not a comprehensive report of all members’ activities, the annual report is a chance to celebrate and appreciate the many national, regional and international collaborations, institutional strengthening, capacity development initiatives, thematic conferences and scientific reports that have happened within the framework of the Mountain Partnership in 2017.

“The year 2017 was pivotal for the Mountain Partnership (MP). Not only did it mark 15 years since its launch in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, Africa but it concluded with a hugely successful Fifth Global Meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy,” said Thomas Hofer, former MPS Coordinator, in his opening message.

These past 15 years the Mountain Partnership has worked to raise awareness of the global importance of mountain ecosystems, improve the lives of mountain peoples and protect mountainous environments.

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