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Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership

Program

Aspen Meadows Resort  |  Aspen, Colorado
Detailed Schedule Coming Soon. Program subject to change.

Monday, Sept 26
WELCOME

  • Evening Reception
  • Registration Opens

Tuesday, Sept 27
Day 1: LAUNCH 

  • Welcome Coffee / Registration
  • Opening Remarks
  • Meeting Plenaries &
    Break-Out Sessions
  • Sponsored Side Events
  • Reception & Gala Dinner

Wednesday, Sept 28
Day 2: IDEAS

  • Opening Remarks
  • Meeting Plenaries &
    Break-Out Sessions
  • Sponsored Side Events
  • Evening Concert

Thursday, Sept 29
Day 3: ACTION

  • Opening Remarks
  • Meeting Plenaries &
    Break-Out Sessions
  • Noon Forum
    Host: The Aspen Institute

Friday, Sept 30
Day 4: TELLURIDE

  • Host: Telluride Institute
  • Program TBD

Saturday, Oct 1
POST MEETING

Building Alliances for Resilient Mountains 

 

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences both for mountain communities and the rest of the world.

The extreme vulnerability of mountains puts their natural resources under increasing pressure, which in turn affects mountain peoples, exacerbating hunger, poverty and forcing migration. Despite clear evidence of their importance and vulnerability, mountains continue to be marginalized in international negotiations and national policy-making efforts.

This meeting of Mountain Partnership members is an important opportunity to develop and share action plans to protect mountains and the global environment. It will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership and mark the “International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022,” an opportunity to increase awareness about sustainable mountain development all over the world.

The two-and-a-half-day event, which will be conducted in English, French, Spanish, and Russian, 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. Participants will include high-level representatives from mountainous countries, goodwill ambassadors, and representatives of intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

In addition to members' sessions, the meeting will feature daily side-events on topics related to engagement of the private sector, strengthening the Mountain Partnership’s relationships with mountain athletes and sport industry, and sustainable mountain development, including climate change, tourism, renewable energy and water conservation. US policy makers and outdoor industry executives will participate and develop action items in concert with key officials from North America and around the world. The gathering will culminate with a forum, hosted by the Aspen Institute, featuring a public keynote address and panel discussions with representatives and key experts.

For interested participants, a two-day field trip will be organized to Telluride, where the Telluride Institute will introduce participants to its global sustainability initiatives and Colorado’s Ute indigenous culture.

As envisioned by Walter Paepcke of Chicago, who created the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen is a “center for dialogue, a place for lifting us out of our usual selves." It was to be a place where people could develop in body, mind and spirit. This became known as the “Aspen Idea."

“2022 was recently designated the ‘International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development’ by the United Nations General Assembly. All eyes will be on the Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership as it raises awareness about the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the center of international negotiations, policies and investments.” — John Starr, AIMF Board Member

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