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.




Main proceedings from the HLPF side event on mountains

Main proceedings from the HLPF side event on mountains

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The August 2022 issue of Peak to Peak shares the main proceedings from the side event on mountains organized by the Government of Andorra and the Mountain Partnership at the High-level Political Forum 2022. Top news stories cover a call for grant applications through the newly launched Mountain Facility Investment...

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Register for the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

Register for the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

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The July 2022 issue of Peak to Peak invites all Mountain Partnership members to register for the upcoming 6th Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, which will be held at the Aspen Meadows, the campus of the Aspen Institute, in Aspen, Colorado, United States of America on 26-29 September 2022. Top news...

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International Symposium on Ice in a Sustainable Society

International Symposium on Ice in a Sustainable Society

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The Basque Centre for Climate Change and the International Glaciological Society (IGS) announce the International Symposium on Ice in a Sustainable Society (ISS), which will take place in the Basque Country, Spain in June 2022.

The ISS Symposium will be held at Bizkaia Aretoa, Conference Auditorium, Bilbao. Sessions will include keynote...

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Kyrgyz Republic presents “Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions”

Kyrgyz Republic presents “Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions”

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The June 2022 issue of Peak to Peak opens with an overview of an event hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations to present the concept of the "Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions" to the permanent missions of the United...

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Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from East Africa

Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from East Africa

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To mark the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has published two new booklets, titled Mountains ADAPT. They feature 27 concrete solutions in mountainous areas to adapt to the climate crisis – 18 in East Africa and nine...

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Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from the South Caucasus

Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from the South Caucasus

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To mark the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has published two new booklets, titled Mountains ADAPT. They feature 27 concrete solutions in mountainous areas to adapt to the climate crisis – 18 in East Africa and nine...

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