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e-discussion on Sustainable Mountain Development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region: From Rio 1992 to Rio+20, 2012 and beyond
4 Apr 2011 - 24 Apr 2011

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, 1992 put mountains on the global environment and development map by introducing a specific chapter of the Agenda 21 on mountains as fragile ecosystems (Chapter 13). Twenty years later, Rio+20 provides an excellent opportunity to present a global status report on achievements, challenges, and future opportunities in sustainable mountain development (SMD) that can show where we stand today and indicate where we need to move forward in future.

ICIMOD, as a member of the global Mountain Partnership Consortium (MPC), has been assigned the task of preparing a Regional Assessment Report on SMD in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region with the following objectives:
To take stock of what has, and what has not, been achieved in promoting sustainable mountain development since 1992 in different parts of the region
To learn what has worked and what has not -- and why
To identify current and future challenges and to explore pathways and opportunities on how these can be addressed in the context of the HKH mountains
To identify the role of different stakeholders and to propose a ?plan of work? towards the preparation of a draft regional report by September 2011
The status report will be ready for global presentation and distribution on the occasion of the Rio 2012 conference. Prior to this key event, an International Conference will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 10-12 October 2011. The conference will provide a platform to present and discuss preliminary findings and to extract the key messages for policy makers involved in the Rio+20 negotiations.

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