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5th Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership

Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, Migration

11-13 December 2017 | Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy

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View of the Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership during the launch of the Framework for Action.

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The Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership opened on Monday, 11 December 2017, in Rome, Italy, under the theme ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration.’ International Mountain Day coincided with the first day of the meeting, and participants heard high-level statements and a keynote speech by Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in the morning. Representatives from the founding members of the Mountain Partnership conveyed their appreciation for progress made during the 15 years of the organization’s existence, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the governments of Italy and Switzerland, and UN Environment. This was followed by remarks by the Mountain Partnership Ambassadors, including from: His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, head of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism; Arjun Gupta, TeleSoft Partners; and Jake Norton, MountainWorld Productions.

The Framework for Action was launched, followed by government statements, and four sessions on the Framework and linkages to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On the challenges and responses of the Framework and the 2030 Agenda, panelists discussed: the relationship between mountains and climate change and disaster risk management, and food and water; mountains and their goods and services; and mountain communities and migration.

The high-level segment concluded with a panel session during which panelists showcased practical approaches towards making the Framework work, including from the Kyrgyz Republic, the Secretariat of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program, the Aga Khan Development Network, the Global Island Partnership, and the Carpathian Convention.

International Mountain Day and the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership was celebrated appropriately during an evening reception.

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Photos by FAO | Roberto Cenciarelli


Opening of the High-Level Segment and Celebration of International Mountain Day


Panel (L-R): Jake Norton, MountainWorld Productions; Arjun Gupta, TeleSoft Partners; Andrea Olivero, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy, Italy; His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, head of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism; Thomas Hofer, Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat; Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO; Andrew Taber, Executive Director, The Mountain Institute and Chair, Mountain Partnership Steering Committee; Dominique Kohli, Assistant Director-General, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland; and Matthias Jurek, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment ©FAO


Andrea Olivero, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy, Italy ©FAO

Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO ©FAO

Winner in the General Category of the Mountains Matter Video Contest, Jaya Setiawan Gulo ©FAO

Winner in the Professional Category of the Mountains Matter Video Contest, Nurlan Anarbaev ©FAO

Goodwill Ambassadors for Mountains: Arjun Gupta, TeleSoft Partners; His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang; and Jake Norton, MountainWorld Productions ©FAO

Launch of the Framework for Action

Panel (L-R): Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Dominique Kohli, Assistant Director-General, Federal Office for Agriculture, Switzerland; and Grammenos Mastrojeni, Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy ©FAO


Grammenos Mastrojeni, Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy ©FAO

Colombia makes a statement in response to the Framework for Action launch. ©FAO

Bhutan provides feedback to the Framework for Action. ©FAO

Pakistan comments on the role of FAO in country offices. ©FAO

The Framework of Action and the 2030 Agenda - Challenges and Responses

Panel (L-R): Thomas Hofer, Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat; Mumtaz Kassam, Permanent Representation of Uganda to FAO; and Laurie Vasily, Knowledge and Communication Manager, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)


Carolina Adler, Executive Director, Mountain Research Initiative ©FAO

Shukri Ahmed, Deputy Strategic Programme Leader – Resilience, FAO ©FAO

Making the Global Framework Work - Showcasing Practical Approaches


Matt Reed, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan Development Network ©FAO

Moderator Tehmina Akhtar, Deputy Global Manager, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, UN Development Programme (UNDP) ©FAO

Hersey Kyota, Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to the US and Board Chair, Global Island Partnership ©FAO

Matthias Jurek, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment ©FAO


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