UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres calls on mountain countries to take bold action on climate change mitigation and adaption

Mountains and climate change


Human activities are profoundly affecting the world’s climate, and mountains are a sensitive indicator of that effect.
Because of their altitude, slope and orientation to the sun, mountain ecosystems are easily disrupted by variations in climate. Many scientists believe that the changes occurring in mountain ecosystems may provide an early glimpse of what could come to pass in lowland environments.

As the world heats up, mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, while rare plants and animals struggle to survive over ever diminishing areas, and mountain peoples, already among the world’s poorest citizens, face even greater hardships.

Changes in the volume of mountain glaciers and in their seasonal melting patterns have an impact on water resources in many parts of the world. Changes in water availability due to climate change are taking place at a time when pressure on water resources for irrigation and food production, industrialization and urbanization is increasing.

Understanding how climate change affects mountains is vital as governments and international organizations develop strategies to reverse current global warming trends, elaborating treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In addition, local community empowerment can be an essential step towards building climate change resilience in mountains.

International Mountain Day 2023

International Mountain Day 2023

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Restoring mountain ecosystems is the theme of this year's International Mountain Day on 11 December. This theme was selected to fully include mountains in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030, co-led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN Environment Programme. The Decade is an opportunity to...

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2023 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

2023 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

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The twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place on 30 November to 12 December 2023. It will be held in the United Arab Emirates.

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Adaptation Futures 2023

Adaptation Futures 2023

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The Adaptation Futures Conference series is an international conference devoted entirely to climate change adaptation, bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, industry representatives and communicators to present their work on adaptation, discuss emerging and cutting-edge issues, learn what others are doing, and build networks.

The Conference provides a chance to share expertise,...

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International Conference on Mountain Ecosystems: Biodiversity and Adaptations under Climate Change Scenario

International Conference on Mountain Ecosystems: Biodiversity and Adaptations under Climate Change Scenario

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Mountains occur on all the continents, at all the latitude zones, and within all of the world's principal biome types. Mountain ecosystems have ecological, aesthetic and socioeconomic significance, not only for people living in the mountains but also for those living beyond—especially those in the lowlands who benefit from the...

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"Restoring mountain ecosystems" theme of International Mountain Day 2023

"Restoring mountain ecosystems" theme of International Mountain Day 2023

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Restoring mountain ecosystems is the theme of this year's International Mountain Day on 11 December. This theme was selected to fully include mountains in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030, co-led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN Environment Programme. The Decade is...

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Expo 2020 Dubai Climate and Biodiversity Theme Week Insights

Expo 2020 Dubai Climate and Biodiversity Theme Week Insights

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From October 2021 to March 2022, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) brought more than 200 nations and organizations together to chart a course forward for a cleaner, safer and healthier future for all. Designed in conjunction with 192 nations and adopted by the UAE Cabinet, the Programme for...

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