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World Mountain Forum, 2016 - Mountains for our Future

17-20 October 2016 | Mbale, Uganda

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Speakers at the Special Africa Mountains Event (L-R) Musonda Mumba, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); André Wehrli, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); Shilaku James, the Resident District Commissioner, Mbale; Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of East African Community (EAC), Uganda; and Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)

The 2016 World Mountain Forum (WMF) took place from 17-20 October 2016 in Mbale, Uganda. The Forum was preceded by the Special Africa Mountains Event that highlighted key issues affecting mountain ecosystems and communities in Africa, including poverty, climate change, food insecurity and land degradation. Gathering over 250 participants under the theme “Mountains for our Future,” the Forum provided a platform to discuss sustainable mountain development (SMD) in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum convened sessions on four key themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The key outcome of the Forum was the Mbale Call for Up-scaling Action. Following the Forum, participants took part in local field trips. More »

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Delegation from Kyrgzstan celebrates following the announcement that Central Asia will host the World Mountain Forum 2018

Richard Weingarten, former Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund stands with His Holiness Kyabgön Chetsang, Ambassador for the UN Mountain Partnership, and his disciple during the Ugandan national anthem

View of Mount Elgon from the
conference venue in Mbale

Traditional dance by the
Ngoma Group from Mbale

Mountains are watertowers,
and Mount Elgon is proof

View of Mbale from a high ridge of Mount Elgon during a local field trip

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