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09.23.2022 — UN Mountain Partnership Meeting to feature afternoon public side events

ASPEN — International experts on a variety of issues facing mountain communities — climate change, sustainable economic development, environmental resilience, incorporating indigenous cultures and knowledge — will sit on panels that are open to the public every day during the Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Aspen, Sept. 27-29.

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08.25.2022 — Colorado to host delegates from mountain nations for UN event in Aspen

ASPEN —Delegates from mountain countries around the world will convene in Aspen on September 26-29 to attend the Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership, the main event of the “International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022.”

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08.25.2022 — How to attend a UN Mountain Partnership meeting

ASPEN — The Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership being held September 27-29 in Aspen includes three days of plenary meetings attended by delegates from all over the world working on the organization’s agenda and high-level advocacy goals for the next four years. The meeting will be conducted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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06.16.2022 — Next Mountain Partnership Global Meeting to be held in Aspen, USA in 2022 

Rome, Italy, June 16, 2021 - The Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) will host the sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Aspen, Colorado, United States of America in September 2022, as decided by vote of the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee.

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12.16.2021 — The Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) Announces Exciting Developments Leading to the UN Mountain Partnership Global Meeting in September 2022  

Aspen, CO, Dec 16, 2021 - Aspen, CO, December 16, 2022 - On Thursday, December 16, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. Proclaiming 2022 as the year of sustainable mountain development is a major advance for the UN’s Mountain Partnership, an alliance of mountain countries, governments and NGOs and which has been asked to manage activities associated with this 2022 theme. 

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06.22.2021 — AIMF, Colorado and Aspen Selected to Host the UN Mountain Partnership Global Meeting 

Aspen, CO, June 21, 2021 - The Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) is pleased to announce that it has been selected, along with the State of Colorado and the City of Aspen, to host the Sixth United Nations Mountain Partnership Global Meeting September 26-29, 2022.

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Local News in Brief
ASPEN, December 28, 2021 - Heading into the New Year, the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 16 proclaimed 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. It’s fitting then that, Sept. 26-28 next year, Aspen will host the UN’s Mountain Partnership, an alliance of mountain countries, governments and NGOs, global meeting.

Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Joins United Nations Global Mountain Partnership
DENVER, January 6, 2022 - The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), has been accepted as a member of the United Nations Global Mountain Partnership.

Four Recipients of Meetings and Events Direct Support Grant Announced

2022 Proclaimed "International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development"

Aspen to host United Nations event in September 2022

United Nations event set for Aspen in 2022

Facing climate change and building resilience In mountain towns

CMC joins International Mountain Partnership, invited to Gross National Happiness conference

Gross National Happiness 7th International Conference in Bhutan

Aspen delegation attends ‘gross national happiness conference’ in Bhutan

Statement Advocating Mountain Women is included in the agenda of the UN CSW62

International petition seeks attention for mountain countries

Bringing it home: Aspen nonprofit gains seat at UN table

Snowmass eyed for membership in U.N. Mountain Partnership

North American Mountain Partnership hub created

UIMF Partner, AIMF in Aspen, CO, recognized by the UN

U.N.’s Mountain Partnership program looks to establish new North American hub in Aspen

Climate change bridges gap between Aspen and Uganda

Live. Love. Eat. Mountain.

Aspen understands that hosting the UN Mountain Partnership Conference will not only further the preservation and sustainable development of mountains, but it will also bring international government, nonprofit and private sector agencies to the Colorado Rockies, promoting tourism and all our State has to offer to a global audience.  —Aspen Mayor Torre

About the Mountain Partnership

The Mountain Partnership is the only United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around the world. Founded in 2002, the Mountain Partnership addresses the challenges facing mountain regions by tapping the wealth and diversity of resources, knowledge, information, and expertise, from and between its members, in order to stimulate concrete initiatives at all levels that will ensure improved quality of life and environments in the world’s mountain regions. Currently, more than 450 governments, intergovernmental organizations, major groups (e.g., civil society, NGOs and the private sector) and subnational authorities are members. 

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About the Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF)

Founded in 2001, Aspen-based nonprofit AIMF promotes sustainable development in mountain environments and communities in Colorado and around the world. On July 21, 2021, AIMF was granted special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a highly discretionary designation that enables an organization to engage in a number of ways with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, the Human Rights Council and, under specific conditions, some meetings of the General Assembly and other intergovernmental bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat. AIMF was instrumental in developing the mountain-related actions within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and participated in the Paris Accords. AIMF is co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership and represents North and Central America and the Caribbean region. It will have a major role in developing the action items for the year.


AIMF was was instrumental in developing the mountain-related actions within the United Nation’s 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and participated in the Paris Agreement. AIMF is a governing member of the UN Mountain Partnership.

AIMF evolved from a decade of working with the United Nations Environment Programme, the City of Aspen, the Aspen Institute, and Aspen Sister Cities. These collaborative efforts culminated in a dedicated focus on mountain sustainable development. This included international conferences such as the Sustainable Mountain Conference, Hokkaido, Japan (1995) and Chamonix Tourism Summits (1996-2001). 

In 2017, AIMF partnered with the Telluride Institute and Western Colorado University’s Center for Mountain Transitions and formed the Mountain Resilience Coalition to help further its efforts to protect fragile mountain environments and communities.


Since 2013, AIMF has served as the United Nations Mountain Partnership Steering Committee representative for Major Group Organizations of North and Central America and the Caribbean.


From left, Michael Philipp, a member of the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and major supporter of the Bhutan for Life conservation initiative, CMC Aspen ESL professor Lorraine Miller, Dr. Mercedes Quesada-Embid, CMC Vail Valley sustainability studies professor, and Bhutan Minister of Agriculture and Forests Yeshey Dorji at Bhutan’s Royal Botanical Garden to honor Bhutan for Life’s launch during the GNH conference. (Photo: CMC)

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