• Advocacy & Governance

    Advocacy & Governance

Advocacy & Governance

Current Projects

Mountain Partnership

Mountain Partnership

Not enough is being done on a global scale to protect mountain ecosystems and support mountain communities. Perhaps because mountains are seen as massive, remote and enduring, they do not receive the attention they deserve given their essential role in providing water for billions and regulating our climate. The Mountain Institute is playing an active role to ensure that mountain peoples, cultures and ecosystems are recognized in the global sustainable development policy agenda. The Mountain Institute currently leads The Mountain Partnership’s Steering Committee (MP). This Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of over 250 governments, intergovernmental organizations, major groups (e.g. civil society, NGOs and the private sector) and subnational authorities. MP members work together to address threats, improve quality of life and sustain healthy environments in the world’s mountain regions. The Partnership has become an influential voice for mountains and has been able to focus attention on mountain issues as the United Nations developed it’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Click here for our most recent statement presented at the United Nations‘ 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development. Learn more about our call for a permanent, official UN entity to insure mountains have a voice.
International Forums

International Forums

Global attention to the unique challenges facing mountain communities and ecosystems remains grossly insufficient. TMI continues to advocate for policies that promote a sustainable mountain development agenda while conserving mountain environments. We have organized informative and influential events at a number of international policy forums including the United Nations Climate Summits in Lima, Peru (COP 20) and Paris, France (COP21). These and other high-level, international conferences are unique opportunities to create awareness of the importance of mountains and the need for global-level policy that promotes solutions in underserved mountain regions.

Topics covered by TMI staff at international forums range from disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, rural poverty and food insecurity in mountains and gender equality in sustainable development.

Our advocacy and outreach on behalf of mountain people also includes op-eds, blogs and public talks. Here’s a recent example: “Hunger in Shangri-La: Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity in the World’s Mountains.
Partners in Mountain Advocacy

Partners in Mountain Advocacy

The Mountain Institute meets with the government missions of mountainous countries to identify global policy partners and set the stage for TMI’s expansion into new countires. Recently we have had the pleasure to meet with representatives from Myanmar/Burma, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland and Lesotho. And we are proud to add many institutions and professional communities to our network of partners in addressing mountain challenges and advocating for needed change.
Since 1972 The Mountain Institute has partnered with remote mountain communities in the highest, longest and oldest mountains of the world. We work together to conserve ecosystems, develop sustainable livelihoods and protect unique mountain cultures.