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Every four years, the Mountain Partnership holds a major meeting of members from diverse mountainous countries. The upcoming Global Meeting will be the main event of the United Nations' "International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022." The meeting will be held for the first time in North America.

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Building Alliances for Resilient Mountains
Sixth Global Meeting of the 
Mountain Partnership

September 26-29, 2022    Aspen, Colorado

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Presenting a sampling of Global Meeting speakers. Panels and Speaker Bios

Björn Alfthan

Senior Mountain Expert at GRID-Arendal

Veronica Țaran Baciu

General Director of the National Agency of the Mountain Area of Romania

Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator

Sam Cheptoris

Minister of Water and Environment of Uganda

Arjun Gupta

Founder and Chief Believer at TeleSoft Partners

Conor Hall

Director, Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry

Thomas Hofer

Senior Forestry Officer, Team Leader Forest Biodiversity and Restoration, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Matthias Jurek

Programme Management Officer with UNEP

Pem Narayan Kandel

Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment of Nepal

Julia Klein

Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability at Colorado State University

Wolfger Mayrhofer

Deputy Secretary General of the Alpine Convention

Rick Miranda

Interim President
Colorado State University

Joe Neguse

U.S. Congressman
CO 2nd District

Jared Polis

State of Colorado

François Pythoud

Special Envoy for International Sustainable Agriculture of the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture

Doreen Robinson

Head of Biodiversity and Land at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi

Rosalaura Romeo

Programme Officer, Mountain Partnership Secretariat of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Gloria Schoch

Executive Director of The VF Foundation and Senior Director of Global Impact at VF Corporation


Aspen, Colorado

Adriana Vidal

Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change at IUCN

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The Mountain Partnership — a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to mountain peoples and environments globally — and co-hosts, the state of Colorado, the City of Aspen, the Aspen Institute and the Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF), will host the Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Aspen, Colorado on September 26-29, 2022.

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What is the Purpose of the Global Meeting?

The three-day Global Meeting will establish the Mountain Partnership agenda and high-level advocacy goals for the next four years. It aims to place sustainability and the resilience of mountain ecosystems and communities at the center of international processes, policies and investments within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022. It is an opportunity for members from all over the world to network and forge meaningful alliances in the year's spirit of "leaving no one behind."

The Meeting

The three-day Global Meeting, to be held at the Aspen Meadows Resort, will establish the Mountain Partnership agenda and high-level advocacy goals for the next four years. US policy makers and outdoor industry sponsors are invited to join the Mountain Partnership, participate in the meeting and develop action items in concert with key officials from North America and around the world.  

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Gobinda Bahadur Shahi, Program Director, Karnali Integrated Rural Development And Research Center (KIRDARC), Nepal

The Forum

The meeting will culminate with a forum hosted by the Aspen Institute, which will feature a public keynote address and panel discussions with key experts. The Aspen Institute is known for its groundbreaking programs, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Security Forum, the Aspen Cyber Summit and the Global Inclusive Growth Summit among many others. The forum will be presented under the auspices of the Aspen Institute’s Hurst Lecture Series.  

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Aspen Side Events

The schedule includes a welcome banquet, an evening concert and daily side events held throughout Aspen on topics related to sustainable mountain development, including related to sustainable mountain development, including climate change, ecotourism, renewable energy, Indigenous knowledge, disaster mitigation and water conservation. Basic exhibit space is available for sponsors and members to promote their sustainability projects and products.  

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Silver Queen Gondola. Aspen, Colorado.
Telluride, Colorado

Cancelled: Telluride Excursion

Mountain Partnership members may register for a two day excursion to Telluride, Colorado to participate in the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting - Telluride. Hosted by the Telluride Institute, this event, held immediately after the Aspen meeting, will introduce up to 50 delegates to the Telluride Institute's global sustainability initiatives and Colorado's Ute indigenous culture. 

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"Seventy percent of the world's fresh water comes from mountains. Sustaining mountain environments and the availability of this vital resource is critical to resolving the global climate crisis. This meeting of Mountain Partnership members is an important opportunity to develop and share action plans to protect mountains and the global environment." — Karinjo DeVore, AIMF President

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The Mountain Partnership

The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of sixty mountain countries and over 400 intergovernmental organizations and NGO’s dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around the world.
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Meet Our Co-Hosts

The State of Colorado, home to vibrant tourism and outdoor industry sectors, is known for its decades long leadership role protecting the environment, launching clean-energy projects and enacting pioneering climate change legislation. Learn more >>
The Aspen Institute is a community of values-driven leaders and policy experts committed to creating positive change in the world. The organization provides open, inclusive venues to discuss and act on critical issues. Learn more >>
The City of Aspen was one of the first mountain communities to adopt ambitious climate goals and the first US city to join the Mountain Partnership. Aspen looks forward to promoting all Colorado has to offer to a global audience. Learn more >>
AIMF promotes sustainable development in mountain environments around the world through its projects, initiatives and fora. AIMF co-chairs the Steering Committee representing the North American, Central American, and Caribbean region. Learn more >>

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