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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Global governance of sustainable food and agriculture "key" to kick off the future we want

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Mountain Partnership @ Rio+20

 

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Recognizing the crucial role of the private sector in shaping a new sustainable paradigm, the United Nations Global Compact is the world's largest voluntary...

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Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Sustainable Actions

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Mountain Partnership @ Rio+20

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Over 50 youth representing all regions of the globe participated in the Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Sustainable Actions jointly held by ICIMOD,...

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International Workshop on Business and Biodiversity

International Workshop on Business and Biodiversity

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LIFE Institute in cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the National Confederation of Industry in Brazil, will co-host the International Workshop on Business and Biodiversity on 15 June as a parallel event to Rio+20.The long-day event will be conducted as plenary sessions where representatives from the...

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Why the Alps matter

Why the Alps matter

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Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

The Alps are a coherent mountain region covering 190,568 km2 across eight countries, with a population of 14 million. Their central location in western Europe gives them many important roles for the continent. The Alpine economy is based on a symbiosis of...

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Why mountains of the Middle East and North Africa matter

Why mountains of the Middle East and North Africa matter

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Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

 

Mountains of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are important for sustainable development in national, regional and global contexts. The goods and key ecosystem services provided by these mountains are vital for the sustainable development....

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Why the Central Asian mountains matter

Why the Central Asian mountains matter

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Policy brief presented at Rio+20

 

The Central Asian mountains provide an astonishing array of essential ecosystem goods and services not only to mountain inhabitants but also to people in the lowlands and around the globe. These goods and services include forest products and land for food production;...

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