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Organizers, Co-organizers and Partners of the World Mountain Forum

The World Mountain Forum 2018 is organized and implemented in coordination and close collaboration with SMD4GC partners and stakeholders. The contributions of all our partners are gratefully acknowledged. 

University of Central Asia (UCA)
is a secular, private, autonomous, not for profit, and self-governing, internationally chartered educational institution established through an International Treaty signed and ratified by the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and by His Highness the Aga Khan, and registered with the United Nations.
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The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
seeks to provide long-term solutions to problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill health in the poorest parts of South and Central Asia, Eastern and Western Africa, and the Middle East.

is a partner and a co-organizer of the Youth Mountain Forum 2018. UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything that it does. Together with its partners, they work in over 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (GoKG
is a host of this year’s World Mountain Forum. Building on past achievements of the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit (2002) and the Bishkek Declaration on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard (2013), the Kyrgyz Government aims to forge strategic alliances at the regional and global levels to strengthen collaboration of mountain countries in sustainable mountain development.
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The State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF)
is a state executive authority for policy implementation and regulation of relations in the area of environmental protection, provision of ecological safety and nature use. The agency is also responsible for preservation of the unique ecosystems of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as protection of the natural heritage for current and future generations.
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The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
is an office - level agency in the federal administration of Switzerland, and a part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The Agency launched the Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme with the goal to contribute to SMD under uncertain changes in climatic, environmental and socio-economic conditions, focusing on poverty and risk reduction. Under SMD4GC programme, SDC has been the major sponsor of the World Mountain Forum since its inception in Lucerne in 2012.
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International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
is a regional center of excellence covering the Hindukush-Himalaya mountain ecosystems in South-East Asia. ICIMOD’s mission is to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge and regional cooperation. It connects science with policy and practice and provides a regional platform where policymakers, experts, planners, and practitioners can exchange ideas and perspectives to foster Sustainable Mountain Development.
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The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)
is a regional conservation not-for-profit organization established in 1995 with the mission to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in the Albertine Rift region through the promotion of collaborative conservation action for nature and people. ARCOS is a member of the Mountain Partnership and was organizing the World Mountain Forum in 2016 in Mbale, Uganda.
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Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN)
is a regional NGO from the Andean region. It has recently played a key role in the reform and re-orientation of the Mountain Partnership and the Mountain Forum and is a key player in promoting SMD at all levels in South and Central America. CONDESAN co-hosted the second World Mountain Forum which was held in Cusco, Peru in 2014. CONDESAN was created in February 1993 as a platform to promote research for development along the Andean region inspired by the Agenda 21 of the Rio 1992 Earth Summit.
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The Mountain Partnership (MP)
is a voluntary alliance of governments and organizations committed to working together with the common goal of achieving sustainable mountain development around the world. By tapping the wealth and diversity of knowledge, information, and expertise of and between its global memberships, the Mountain Partnership stimulates concrete initiatives at all levels to address threats, improve quality of life and sustain healthy environments in the world’s mountain regions. The Mountain Partnership is supported by a Secretariat (MPS) which is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.
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Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
is a non-profit organization that promotes global change research in mountain regions across borders and disciplines through connection and collaboration – with a view to supporting pathways towards sustainable mountain development. The MRI is hosted by the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern and funded by the Swiss Academies of Sciences (SCNAT). For projects related to sustainable development and mountains, it receives funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
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Foundation for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions (FDDM)
is a non-governmental organization with the mission to promote, support and develop projects for sustainable development in mountain regions in Switzerland and in the rest of the world. FDDM’s core activities include coordinating the implementation of the cantonal Agenda 21. It serves as a meeting place and provides training and research in the field.
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Center for Development and Environment (CDE)
at the University of Bern is MSRI’s university partner and Switzerland’s centre of excellence for sustainable development. One of the University of Bern’s strategic research centres, it is tasked with mainstreaming sustainability throughout the university’s research and teaching. It’s goal is to chart pathways to sustainable development and to initiate transformations in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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University of Zurich (UoZ)
is MSRI’s university partner through the Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change Programme (SMD4GC). Thanks to the SMD4GC programme, support to sustainable mountain development (SMD) is provided to increase the resilience of the mountain population, which is increasingly vulnerable due to the ongoing global changes.
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