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Sixth Global Meeting of the 
Mountain Partnership

September 26-29, 2022    Aspen, Colorado

Thank You Global Meeting Major Sponsors 

Colorado Tourism Office
Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
US Economic Development Administration
City of Aspen
Atlantic Aviation
Aspen Institute
Aspen Skiing Company
Arjun Gupta Family Foundation
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
World Bank Group
Colorado State University
Pitkin County
Mountain Sentinels
Melany and Adam Lewis

Global Meeting Hosts

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), hosted the Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Aspen, Colorado on September 26-29, 2022.

Global Meeting Partners

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Global Meeting Speakers

Carolina Adler 

Environmental Scientist and Geographer; Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)

Björn Alfthan

Senior Polar and Climate Expert at GRID-Arendal, based in Norway

Paola Agostini

Lead Natural Resources Management Specialist, World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Practice (ECA ENB)

Sílvia Calvó Armengol

Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Sustainability, Andorra

Veronica Țaran Baciu

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

Luis Benitez

Established mountaineer and Vice President for Government Affairs and Global Impact, VF Corporation.

Michael Bennet

United States Senator
from Colorado

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

Igli Hasani

Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Austria

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

Malik Amin Aslam Khan

Federal Minister for Climate Change / Prime Minister of Pakistan's Advisor on Climate Change (2018-2022); Global Vice President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (2012-2021)

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

Nikki Pitre

Executive Director at the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. Member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Red Bird Clan. 

Jared Polis

State of Colorado

Marc Pons

Executive Director, Andorra Research and Innovation

François Pythoud

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

Richard James Randriamandrato

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Madagascar

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

Basanta Raj Shrestha

Director of Strategic Cooperation at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)


Aspen, Colorado

Adriana Vidal

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

Wende Valentine

Executive Director of the dZi Foundation. She has spent the last 20 working with INGOs in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

Yoko Watanabe

GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) at UN Development Programme (UNDP) as its Global Manager

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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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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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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"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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