Water conservation

Aspen hosts Mountain Nations Summit for a Sustainable Future

Delegates from mountain countries around the world are gathering in Aspen this week for the Sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership, the main event of the 2022 International Year for Sustainable Mountain Development.

The UN alliance is dedicated to mountain peoples and environments, with more than 450 members from 96 countries, including national and local governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, private sector companies and non-profit organizations. non-profit.

The global meeting in Aspen is the culmination of year-long efforts to place the sustainability and 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, officials said.

This week, delegates will share plans to protect mountains and set 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.

“This is an opportunity for Mountain Partnership delegates and dignitaries from around the world to network and forge meaningful relationships with representatives of our communities, businesses, educational institutions and governments in Colorado and across North America. North,” said Eric Smith, vice president of the Aspen Mountain Foundation International.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis will be in Aspen Tuesday morning to welcome members to the event. Senator Michael Bennett, Senator John Hickenlooper and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse plan to participate virtually.

The Global Meeting in Aspen is co-hosted by the State of Colorado, the Aspen Institute, the City of Aspen, and the non-profit organization hosting the event, the Aspen International Mountain Foundation.

Colorado State recently became the first state in the country to join the Mountain Partnership. The city of Aspen joined in 2010, making it the first member of the US government.

In addition to the members’ plenary sessions, there will be a welcome reception, evening concert and daily side events for delegates and the public on topics related to sustainability, tourism and economic development, climate change, disaster mitigation, alternative energy, energy efficiency and water conservation.

“Less than eight years from the expiration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is necessary to accelerate solutions to the greatest challenges of the mountains”, said Roberto Natali, Minister Plenipotentiary and Directorate General for Cooperation in development of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. and Chair of the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee. “We need investments and policies to tackle the effects of climate change and improve mountain livelihoods.”

Plenary meetings are reserved for members of the Mountain Partnership. Daily side events are open to delegates and the public. All side events and exhibits will take place on the Aspen Meadows Resort campus.

Passes to the side events and exhibits, plenary meetings and banquet are available to members of the media, students and the public. Passes for plenary meetings are limited based on available space and for observation only. For more information, visit the Passes page on the MountainsMattersAspen.com website.

On Thursday, September 29, the meeting will conclude with a public forum hosted by the Aspen Institute featuring a keynote address and panel discussions with experts and high-level dignitaries from across North America and around the world.

The full schedule of public side events is available on the event website — https://www.mountainsmatteraspen.com.

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