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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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Sixth Global Meeting of the 
Mountain Partnership

September 26-29, 2022    Aspen, Colorado

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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 — 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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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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Aspen Institute Aspen Campus
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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Speakers scheduled to welcome the delegates include

Jared Polis

State of Colorado

Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator

Joe Neguse

U.S. Congressman
CO 2nd District


Aspen, Colorado

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

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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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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