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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

Highlights for Tuesday, 12 December 2017

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Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

The Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership considers its achievements, priorities and challenges

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The Fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership continued on Tuesday, with an early morning report on progress made and achievements since the Fourth Global Meeting in 2013. Thomas Hofer, Coordinator of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, provided a summary of activities and challenges, highlighting the objectives, governance structure and composition, and achievements of the Partnership, urging members to “move from the opera house to the stadium” in broadening the advocacy and communication functions. This was followed by Steering Committee members reporting back on the achievements, priorities and challenges in their constituencies.

In the afternoon, members attended a panel session on resource mobilization, which included reports from major players sharing their experiences in the private sector, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

The day concluded with an internal meeting of the members of the Mountain Partnership providing feedback on governance issues, including considering options on membership fees, the inclusion of Central Asia as a separate region, selecting alternate Steering Committee members, an approach to dealing with inactive members, the hosting arrangement of the Secretariat, and deletion of the Mountain Partnership’s function of “innovation.”

In the evening, three side events were held, focusing on: understanding landscape and watershed management in mountains; science and research for evidence-informed policy and action on the ground - experiences and outlook in mountain-specific cases; and the Andean Mechanism. The day concluded with a dinner hosted by FAO.

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Photos by FAO | Roberto Cenciarelli


The Mountain Partnership’s Global Achievements, Priorities and Challenges


Thomas Hofer, Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat, and Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, Forestry Department, FAO ©FAO


Thomas Hofer reports on the Mountain Partnership's progress since 2013. ©FAO

Eva Müller assured members of FAO’s continued commitment to hosting and supporting the Secretariat. ©FAO

Uganda, for governments of Sub-Saharan Africa, highlighted efforts in his region over the past four years. ©FAO

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called for better communication and capacity building about mountains' plight and importance. ©FAO

Reports by Steering Committee Members

Andrew Taber, Chair, Mountain Partnership Steering Committee ©FAO

Mexico, for the governments of North and Central America and the Caribbean ©FAO

ICIMOD, for Civil Society of Asia and the Pacific ©FAO

Nepal, speaking on behalf of Asia and the Pacific ©FAO

Aspen International Mountain Foundation, for Civil Society of North and Central America and the Caribbean ©FAO

Fundación Agreste, speaking on behalf of Civil Society of South America ©FAO



Resource Mobilization

Panel (L-R): Arjun Gupta, TeleSoft Partners; René Castro Salazar, Assistant Director-General, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, FAO; Moderator Andrey Kushlin, Deputy Director, Forest Policy and Resources Division, Forestry Department, FAO; Sameer Karki, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination Unit, Climate and Environment Division, FAO; and Tehmina Akhtar, Deputy Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme, UN Development Programme (UNDP) ©FAO

René Castro Salazar, Assistant Director-General, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, FAO ©FAO

Tehmina Akhtar, Deputy Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP ©FAO

Arjun Gupta, TeleSoft Partners ©FAO

Sameer Karki, GEF Coordination Unit, Climate and Environment Division, FAO ©FAO


Governance Issues

Andrew Taber, Mountain Partnership Steering Committee Chair, and Thomas Hofer, Mountain Partnership Secretariat Coordinator, invite members to provide feedback on governance issues. ©FAO

Sam Kanyamibwa, Albertine Rift Conservation Society ©FAO

Altaire Cambata, Aspen International Mountain Foundation ©FAO

Members comment on possible amendments to the Governance paper. ©FAO


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