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Meeting of the Mountain Focus Group

14 December 2011 | UN headquarters, New York, United States of America

Rio+20
The meeting of the Mountain Focus Group convened in New York, US, at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN, on 14 December 2011. It was organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Missions of Italy and Switzerland to the UN, and sought to forge a common understanding on including mountain development in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) preparatory process and the Conference itself. The meeting followed up on a similar event in May 2011, and will be followed by a key meeting in the UNCSD preparatory process: the Second Intersessional Meeting (15-16 December 2011).

The meeting focused on the outcomes from the Lucerne World Mountain Conference and its potential input to the UNCSD, the latest developments in the UNCSD preparatory process and ensuring the proper inclusion of mountain issues, and the role of the MPS leading up to the UNCSD in June 2012. Topics addressed included the need to communicate both the challenges and benefits of mountains, approaches for outreach on mountain issues, potential partnerships, and the sustainable development of mountains as a cross-cutting issue.

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Country flags outside the UN headquarters
The Mountain Focus Group gathered at the Italian Mission to the UN on 14 December 2011 (photo courtesy of Tullia Baldassarri Höger von Högersthal, Mountain Partnership Secretariat.)
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Meeting resources
*Meeting agenda
*Mountain Partnership
*Mountain Partnership Flyer on Three Regional Meetings: Strategic Initiative for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions
*Website of Event on Mountain Countries and the Road to Rio+20, 9 May 2011

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*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) African Regional Preparatory Process, 20-25 October 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Region, 19-20 October 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab Region, 16-17 October 2011, Cairo, Egypt (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Arabic: PDF)
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*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20, 5-7 September 2011, Kathmandu, Nepal (HTML - PDF) and Report on “Green Economy for Sustainable Mountain Development”
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
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*IISD RS summary report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
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*IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
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*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
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