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MEPS is committed to the conservation and promotion of sustainable development of mountain ecosystems thereby ensuring the well-being of highland as well as lowland communities and safeguarding the integrity and cultural diversity of mountain societies.

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[2017-06-21] Iberian mountain research network established

A group of 19 universities and research centres from Andorra, Portugal and Spain have formalized the creation of an Iberian mountain research network to study in partnership the issues affecting mountain areas on the Iberian Peninsula.

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[2017-06-21] Mountains recognized at the highest level

Over the past decades, the area of glaciers in Tajikistan has decreased by 30-35 percent, said United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres during his visit to Tajikistan. "Earlier today, he [the UN Secretary-General] was in Tajikistan, where he overflew the Pamir Mountains on his way to Lake Sarez.

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[2017-06-14] Request to sign petition

The construction of gigantic dams in the Southern Anatolian region, Turkey, in recent decades on the headwater catchments of two major rivers of Tigris and Euphrates has encountered the downstream residents with serious water problems.

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[2017-06-10] High-level mountain conference announced

A high-level conference on mountains, titled “Mountains under Pressure”, will be held on 11 December 2017 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, announced Mountain Partnership Secretariat Coordinator Thomas Hofer on 24 May. The theme of the conference will be “Climate, hunger, migration”.

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[2017-05-01] Mountains, one year after the Paris Agreement

One year ago, on 22 April (Earth Day) 2016, 175 of the 197 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, an international treaty to address climate change. As of today, one year after the signing ceremony, 194 Parties to the UNFCCC have signed the Paris Agreement and 143 of those have ratified it. Of the 143 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement, 137 have also submitted their first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and of those, 36 NDCs make reference to mountains.

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[2017-05-01] Mountain tourism conference in Georgia

The potential of mountain tourism to foster economic development, as well as to raise awareness on environmental protection, was the major topic addressed at the Third World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference.

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[2017-03-13] Call for applications for IPROMO 2017

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat is pleased to announce the call for applications for the tenth International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas, or IPROMO, as the training programme on sustainable mountain development is better known.

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[2017-03-13] New issue of MRD Journal available online

The latest issue of the Mountain Research and Development (MRD) Journal offers 14 peer-reviewed articles focusing on questions related to water, risk reduction, energy, land use change, biodiversity, vegetation ecology, conservation, gender policy, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, economic opportunities, mobility and glacier monitoring—always with sustainable development in mind.

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[2017-03-06] MPS launches mountain education database

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) has launched an education database to assist members and students find courses and degree programmes on mountain issues offered by universities around the world. The Mountain Education Database will help users to discover courses in their subject area of interest and compare them to courses offered by other universities and in different fields.

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[2017-03-06] A UN entity to insure mountains have a voice

Mountain Partnership (MP) members The Mo Natural Sciences (RANS) presented an oral statement on behalf of the MP on 7 February 2017 during the 55th Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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