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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Sustainable Mountain Development, Green Economy and Institutions: From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond Global Report (2012) - Final Draft for Rio+20

Sustainable Mountain Development, Green Economy and Institutions: From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond Global Report (2012) - Final Draft for Rio+20

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In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development – commonly referred to as ‘Rio 1992’ or ‘the Rio Earth Summit’ – mountains received unexpected high political attention. They were granted a chapter in the ‘Agenda 21’ as fragile ecosystems that matter for humankind.

In view of the UN Conference Rio+20 –...

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Contributions to policy from scientific research - a view from the mountains

Contributions to policy from scientific research - a view from the mountains

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The Mountain Research Initiative (TC Americas) and CONDESAN convened a round table discussion, titled “Monitoring of change in mountains: how can research feed policy for sustainable development?” as part of activities in the Mountain Pavilion during the Rio+20 conference. Invited speakers included representatives from Europe, Asia, and North and South...

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Кыргызстан на Третьей ассамблее Горного Партнерства в РИО+20

Кыргызстан на Третьей ассамблее Горного Партнерства в РИО+20

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Рио-де-Жанейро, Бразилия. Более 70 представителей правительств горных стран, межправительственных организаций и НПО собрались на Третью Глобальную Встречу Горного Партнерства, которая состоялась 19 июня 2012 года в Горном Павильоне на конференции РИО+20. Горное Партнерство – это инициатива ООН, которая получила свое начало 10 лет назад в Йоханнесбурге.

Как отметили участники ассамблеи, эта...

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Stop talking about the future we want, start acting for the present we need

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Mountain Partnership @ Rio+20

 

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) In his opening remarks at the high-level event on mountains and Rio+20, held at the Mountain Pavilion on 21 June 2012, Read more »

President of Peru Ollanta Humala officially opens the Mountain Pavilion

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Mountain Partnership @ Rio+20

 

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) The Mountain Pavilion was officially opened by President of Peru Ollanta Humala on 20 June 2012. "Mountains have a common denominator, and that is...

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Rio+20 and Women’s Lives: a Cross-generational Dialogue

Rio+20 and Women’s Lives: a Cross-generational Dialogue

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The Ford Foundation will hold “Rio+20 and Women’s Lives: a Cross-generational Dialogue”, a side event to be held on 20 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. At the press briefing, co-sponsored by the Center for Environment and Population (CEP), the Climate Wise Women and the Columbia University Coalition...

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