Youth call to action for the Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions 2023-2027


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the lead agency for sustainable mountain development within the United Nations (UN) system. FAO led the first International Year of Mountains in 2002, the main outcome of which was the founding of a UN alliance dedicated to working together for mountain people and environments: the Mountain Partnership (MP). To date, FAO hosts the MP Secretariat, prepares the triennial UN Secretary-General report on mountains, and coordinates the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 15.4.2, the Mountain Green Cover Index.

Twenty years after the first International Year of Mountains, the UN General Assembly declared 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. The MP was invited to promote the observance of the Year. The main outcome was the declaration of 2023–2027 as Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions.

The youth representatives from 26 countries who participated in the IPROMO 2023 Summer School, held in Italy on 10–25 July 2023 under the theme “Youth and the future of Mountain Forests”, call for greater efforts by relevant local and national stakeholders and the international community towards the restoration and conservation of mountain ecosystems. The call to action also launched the Mountain Youth Hub, a youth-led initiative promoted by the Mountain Partnership.


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Author Mountain Partnership

Themes: Strategic Initiative on Mountains and Climate Change

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