From Rio to Rio

The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was a milestone for the political recognition of the unique services mountains provide to global sustainability. With the adoption of Chapter 13 on Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD), Agenda 21 demanded better stewardship of mountains and mountain regions for global well-being. Since then, an uncounted number of highly rewarding international and regional initiatives emerged, including the International Year of Mountains 2002 and the establishment of the Mountain Partnership, all contributing with success to enhancing knowledge and understanding of the issues and approaches of SMD. 

Now, 20 years on, the “call for action” to enhance the stewardship of mountains is more relevant and pressing than ever before. While Mountain Services are vital to achieving green growth, there are growing threats to their sustainable supply. The effects of climate change are observed to be highest in mountains, jeopardizing the sustainability of mountain ecosystems and the socio-ecological stability of these landscapes. Consequently, policy makers looking to deliver on their promises for human well-being and natural prosperity (“the future we want”), need to make Mountain Services a key priority for action in a post Rio+20 world.

The Mountain Partnership at Rio+20

Rio+20 is truly a mega event; attracting over 50,000 participants and more than 130 Heads of State, it represents an unmatched opportunity to put mountains, their populations and the goods and services they provide at centre stage.

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Key messages

Concept note

 

Mountain Pavilion

Together with key partners, the government of Peru, one of the first members of the Mountain Partnership, took the lead in the organization of a Mountain Pavilion at Rio+20. The Pavilion was conceived as a global initiative and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat mobilized members and mountain stakeholders from all regions of the world to showcase their work in contribution to sustainable development

 

Third Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership

 

The Mountain Partnership held its Third Global Meeting in the Mountain Pavilion to identify new, forward-looking objectives to place mountains at the heart of the post-Rio scenario in a holistic, inclusive and effective manner.

 

 

 

 

The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter

03.04.2012

Together with the Government of Nepal and ICIMOD, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat has organized a side event on "The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter". The side event will...

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Third Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership at Rio+20!

03.04.2012

The third Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on Monday, 18 June 2012, on the sidelines of the UNCSD Rio+20 summit.

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Meetings of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat in New York

16.12.2011

From 14 to 16 December 2011, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat participated in meetings in New York looking to forge a common understanding on including mountain development in the UN Conference...

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World Water Day 2012: Water, mountains' "blue gold"

22.03.2012

It’s our planet’s most precious resource and our cities our powered by it: it’s water! And water comes from mountains.  It flows from the watersheds at higher altitudes creating life...

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Amendments to para 94 of the "Zero Draft" now online!

14.02.2012

Recognizing the importance of civil society, the Rio+20 Bureau’s co-chair Ambassador Kim invited Major Groups to submit their amendments to the Rio+20 "Zero draft" outcome at the Bureau meeting with...

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Zero-draft for Rio+20 – paragraph n. 94 on mountains

10.01.2012

The zero-draft of the outcome document for Rio+20 Conference is now online with a paragraph (n. 94) dedicated to mountains. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Conference will...

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Submissions for UN report on mountains

Submissions for UN report on mountains

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) is currently compiling summaries of the most important results of mountain development activities since July 2013 for the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Report on Sustainable Mountain Development.

Now requested every three years, the MPS and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations,...

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Multimedia on policy recommendations for SMD in the Andes

Multimedia on policy recommendations for SMD in the Andes

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During the Regional Workshop Post-Rio +20 "Sustainable Mountain Development: Building the future we need" held on November 12-14 in Lima, Peru, the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) launched a multimedia which containing key information and policy recommendations for sustainable mountain development in the Andes.

The...

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Launch of Sustainable Mountain Development Report and Mountain Research & Development Journal

Launch of Sustainable Mountain Development Report and Mountain Research & Development Journal

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The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub launched the Sustainable Mountain Development in Central Asia – From Rio 1992 to Rio2012 and beyond Report and a special issue of the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) on Central Asian Mountain...

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University of Central Asia launches Sustainable Mountain Development Report and Mountain Research & Development Journal issue on Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition

University of Central Asia launches Sustainable Mountain Development Report and Mountain Research & Development Journal issue on Central Asian Mountain Societies in Transition

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 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. – The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) and Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub launched the Sustainable Mountain Development in Central Asia – From Rio 1992 to Rio2012 and beyond Report and a special issue of the journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD)...

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Kyrgyzstan presented the National Environmental Report

Kyrgyzstan presented the National Environmental Report

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State Agency on environment protection and forestry of Kyrgyz Republic (SAEP) has presented the National Environmental Report for 2006-2011.

The report was developed by the agency, jointly with Kyrgyz Statistics Office and other state ministries, under the support of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative  to provide access to high-quality information on the...

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Eighth Session of the UNECA Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8)

Eighth Session of the UNECA Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8)

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The UN Economic Commission for Africa's Food Security and Sustainable Development programme aims to strengthen the capacity of Member States to design and implement policies and programmes to reinforce linkages between food security, population, environment and human settlements so as to achieve sustainable development. This meeting is also scheduled to...

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