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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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[2018-09-08] Call for papers, mountain research and development

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) are pleased to announce the call for papers on the role of culture in transformation towards sustainable development in mountains. Mountain communities are undergoing rapid sociocultural change, caused by drivers such as outmigration, urbanization, and increasing insertion into the market economy.

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[2018-08-13] Leading Sustainable Mountain Development

Leading Sustainable Mountain Development Building a coalition of key Mountain Partnership governments to increase the visibility of mountain issues in national processes will be under discussion during the High-Level Political Forum, Mountain Partnership side event which will be taking place 16 July 2018 in New York, USA. Lead by the Government of Andorra and co-organized with the Mountain Partnership/FAO, UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and the governments of Argentina, Chile, Italy and Switzerland, the event “Leading Sustainable Mountain Development” will also focus on pro mountain policies and actions for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the country level.

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[2018-08-12] About World Mountain Forum 2018

About World Mountain Forum 2018 Mountains are home to 13% of the global population and cover one fifth of the Earth's land surface. Mountains provide essential environmental services to society. Acting as global ‘water towers’, they provide freshwater for populations around the world. 40% of the world’s population relies on mountain water for drinking, irrigation and hydropower.

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[2018-07-24] International Mountain Day 2018 theme declared

International Mountain Day 2018 theme declared “#MountainsMatter” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of International Mountain Day (IMD) on 11 December 2018. Even though they are mentioned in the 2030 Agenda, mountains are still often forgotten. Considering the crucial role they play in providing key ecosystem goods and services to the planet and their vulnerability in the face of climate change, we need to step up and raise attention to mountains.

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[2018-07-21] Call for proposals, World Mountain Forum

Call for proposals, World Mountain Forum The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the World Mountain Forum (WMF) 2018, to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 23 to 26 October 2018.

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[2018-07-21] Mountain Partnership at the United Nations

The Leading Sustainable Mountain Development side event took place 16 July 2018 at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, USA, organized by the Government of Andorra and in partnership with the Mountain Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governments of Argentina, Chile, Italy and Switzerland.

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[2018-07-02] GEO-GNOME STATUS AND SCOPING WORKSHOP: BRIDGING DATA GAPS IN MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTS

Hosted by the MRI in May, this GEO-GNOME Status and Scoping Workshop focused on different needs for mountain data and the role of GEO-GNOME in curating and providing this data. The actions planned as a result of this workshop will improve both the spatial and thematic span of mountain data, as well as the availability of mountain data for policy information needs.

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[2017-12-19] Summary Report of the 5th Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership 11-13 December 2017 | Rome, Italy

The fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership took place at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy from 11-13 December 2017.

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[2017-12-07] IMD and the MP Global Meeting ahead

International Mountain Day (IMD) is held every year on 11 December and celebrated all over the world. As the lead coordinating agency for the preparation of this United Nations international day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) works with the decentralized offices, governments and civil society in many countries to organize events that raise awareness about the relevance of mountains for sustainable development. Events to mark the celebrations include, conferences, fairs, literature festivals, hikes and photo exhibitions among others.

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[2017-10-02] Just a reminder!

The GEF ad-hoc Council Working Group (WG) on GEF and Civil Society has been working to create a new vision on how to enhance engagement between the Council and civil society organizations. After a few months of consultations and analysis, the members of the WG has created the attached set of recommendations

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