Coming soon: The World Mountain Forum, Cusco, Peru, 23-24 May 2014 - A gathering space for the science, policy and practitioners of the sustainable mountain development of the world

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ARCOS and a number of other partners including International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) , the University of Zurich, the Foundation for Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions (Fondation pour le Développement Durable des Régions de Montagne - FDDM), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Mountain Partnership, led by the Government of Peru and the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN), are organizing the second World Mountain Forum (WMF) to take place in Cusco, Peru, from 23-24 May 2014.
The WMF is a platform for Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) to take place on a biennial basis. It will bring together SMD stakeholders around the world to exchange experiences, promote collaborative actions and political dialogue between different levels of government and society.
The WMF 2014 will cover the following broad topics:      
    1. Family Farming, Water and Food Security
    2. Climate Change
    3. Mountain Cities
    4. Mountain communities.
ARCOS is co-leading the first topic on Family Farming, Water and Food Security and you can read our call for contributions here (call closed now).
The results of the WMF 2014 will feed into other global initiatives like the Mountain Partnership, events such as the United Nations Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, the Commission on Sustainable Development's  biennial cycle 20/21, where mountains will be one of the five priority themes and other global sustainable development processes including the Rio-Conventions (UNFCCC , CBD , UNCCD ) and the Ramsar Convention. We encourage all stakeholders interested in sustainable mountain development in Africa to take note of this event, as an opportunity to share experiences from Africa.  The event will be held in Africa in 2016, hosted by ARCOS. More details will be provided shortly.
For further information:
Please contact the African Mountains Programme Manager Ms Salome Alweny Tel: +256 414 530700+256 414 530700;
or the Executive Director, Dr Sam Kanyamibwa; Tel: +44 788 417 4460+44 788 417 4460 (UK) or +250 785 751 900+250 785 751 900 (Albertine Rift)

The organizing committee of the World Mountains Forum 2014 and ARCOS, wishes to thank participants for writing and submitting abstracts for the above mentioned event scheduled for 23-24 May 2014 in Cusco, Peru. A total number of 226 abstracts for papers, posters and exhibitions were received through the online Abstract Submission process that expired last Friday 14 March 2014. Selected contributions will be announced on 28 March, 2014 at 11:30 pm – 12:30 am.

Keep visiting the Mountain Forum and ARCOS’ websites for the updates. Find the Tentative Programme for the forum here