15–22 June: ICIMOD Events at Rio+20


Mainstreaming youth in the climate dialogue

Over 50 youth representing all regions of the globe participated in the Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Sustainable Actions jointly held by ICIMOD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Mountain Partnership at the Mountain Pavilion. The event included a series of presentations on the importance of involving and mainstreaming youth in the negotiation process on ‘The Future We Want’. The presenters included members of youth organizations and representatives from global institutions as well as youth from Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America, and Europe. Special guests shared key messages from the 6th World Youth Congress, the UNDP’s Sustainable Development Dialogue, and the MGCY Youth Blast Conference. The forum concluded with the presentation and approval of the ‘Mountain Youth’s Appeal to Rio+20 Delegates’, urging delegates to give due attention to challenges and opportunities of sustainable mountain development. 

Mountain knowledge solutions for green economy

ICIMOD also organized a Rio+20 side event on Mountain Knowledge Solutions for Sustainable Green Economy Through an Improved Water, Food, Energy and Environment Nexus together with the Government of Nepal, the Mountain Partnership, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Ev-K2-CNR, the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). This event highlighted the need to better manage mountain natural resources as global public goods supplying water for life, food for health, and clean energy for livelihoods. The event shared research-based knowledge on interlinked topics like the conservation of fresh water resources and critical biodiversity, the maintenance of gene pools, and the protection of forest, wetland, and rangeland ecosystems. Particular attention was given to strategies and action proposals for enhancing people’s livelihoods and wellbeing. A panel of policy makers – including Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Bhutan's Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Dr Keshab Man Shakya, Nepal’s Minister of Environment, Science, and Technology, and representatives from ICIMOD, the Global Water Partnership, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Ev-K2-CNR – shared their views on the topics. 

Global importance of mountains in promoting green growth

Recognizing the important role of mountain ecosystem goods and services in supporting global economic growth and sustainability as well as the role of mountain communities in protecting these resources, ICIMOD organized a special event to facilitate discussion on how to manage mountain ecosystem resources to ensure that mountains continue to provide these critical goods and services. As a result of the discussion and thematic presentations made by representatives of mountain institutions from around the globe, recommendations were prepared for consideration during the preparation of the Rio+20 outcome document. Special contributors included Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, Dr R.K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, Dr Pema  Gyamtsho, Bhutan's Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Dr Keshab Man Shakya, Nepal’s Minister of Environment, Science, and Technology. 

Women and sustainable mountain development

ICIMOD also organized a side event on Women at the Frontline of Sustainable Mountain Development, which shared the voices and experiences of mountain women in the context of Rio+20. The event was organized in a talk show format and featured contributions from Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Bhutan’s Minister of Agriculture, and representatives from GIZ, the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), and ICIMOD. The event set the tone for the upcoming conference Bhutan+10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World being organized by ICIMOD 15–19 October 2012 in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Details on all the events are available at www.icimod.org/rio20.