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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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[2017-12-19] 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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[2017-10-02] WebEx meeting invitation: Consultation Draft - Council Recommendations on GEF and Civil Society

Dear CSO colleagues, 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 that they hope will permit the Council to take better advantage of the immense expertise and on-the-ground knowledge that CSOs have to offer.

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[2017-10-02] Enter the #MountainsMatter video contest

To bring attention to the plight of mountain peoples and ecosystems for International Mountain Day (IMD) on 11 December, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is asking you to make a one-minute video on the theme of ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration’ for the #MountainsMatter video contest.

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[2017-08-19] Notification to Civil Society | 53rd GEF Council and GEF Consultations with Civil Society | Washington DC, November 27-30, 2017

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has opened the selection process for representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to attend the 53rd GEF Council Meeting and Consultation with Civil Society, which will take place from November 27 to 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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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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