UN Mountain Partnership meeting to feature public events

The Aspen Times

International experts on issues facing mountain communities worldwide – climate change, sustainable economic development, ecological resilience, inclusion of indigenous cultures and knowledge – will sit on daily public-access panel discussions during the sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership on September 27 in Aspen – 29

A single morning session on September 29 will be hosted by the Aspen Institute as part of its Hurst Lecture Series.

“We organized this year’s Global Meeting to include public events on a range of topics that address current challenges and common strengths shared by mountain communities around the world,” said Karinjo DeVore, executive director of Aspen International Mountain Foundation hosted the event.

For a full listing of the events, with a description of the topics and a list of panelists, visit https://www.mountainsmatteraspen.com/side-events.

Event titles by day:

Tuesday, September 27:

  • Mountain Outdoor and Sport for Nature — Challenges and Opportunities
  • Tackling the climate crisis at height by fostering a community of practice
  • Strengthening the governance of the Andean Initiative for Resilient Societies in the region
  • How higher education promotes climate protection and sustainability for the mountains and trains the next generation

Wednesday, September 28:

  • Sustainable Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation for Community-Based Adaptation: Creating Sustainable Socio-Economic Opportunities for Mountain Communities
  • Braiding Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science: Experiences and Solutions for Sustainable Mountain Development
  • Knowledge generation and management and strategic partnerships for sustainable mountain development in South America
  • We keep our mountains waste-free
  • Community: Talk global, act local

Thursday, September 29:

  • Building Alliances for Resilient Mountains: Changing the Way We Think About Climate Change

The side events are all held on the Aspen Institute’s Meadows campus, primarily in the Doerr-Hosier Building. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on the event’s website at https://www.mountainsmatteraspen.com/side-events, or in front of the door. Full, day and student passes for the full Global Meeting are available at https://www.mountainsmatteraspen.com/global-meeting-passes.

“I encourage the community to attend the side events and benefit from this unique international gathering of expertise and learn more about mountain communities in other parts of the world,” says DeVore.

The Mountain Partnership is the United Nations’ only voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to mountain people and environments, with over 450 members from 96 countries, including national and local governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, private sector companies and not-for-profit organizations. The Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership is held every four years to set the organization’s agenda and high-level advocacy goals.

This year’s Aspen gathering is the first-ever in North America and was organized by the Aspen International Mountain Foundation, a local non-profit organization that has been closely associated with the Mountain Partnership since its inception in 2002. The Foundation also co-hosts with the State of Colorado, the City of Aspen, the Aspen Institute and the Mountain Partnership.

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