News- Exhibiting Work at Rio+20
As members of Mountain Partnership we exhibited ‘Our World, Our Water, Our Responsibility’ at the Mountain Pavilion in Athletes Park. This was part of the United Nations Rio+20 Summit for Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.
With the collaboration of strategic international partners within Mountain Partnership, the Government of Peru led the organization of the Mountain Pavilion. The initiative aimed at showcasing achievements and progress towards sustainable development in mountain regions, to representatives from 191 countries, along with civil society present at the Summit.
Throughout the ten days of the Summit a number of events happened in the Mountain Pavilion. Amongst these were the Third global meeting of Mountain Partnership, the inauguration of the Mountain Pavilion and a high-level mountain focused gathering. These events brought together many different world government ministers including the President of Peru, the Prime Minister and Environmental Minister of Nepal and the Environmental Minister of Bhutan.
More than 50,000 people attended the Rio+20 Summit, making this a wonderful opportunity for us to get more attention to our work on the nature, preservation and protection of the global fresh water cycle. We were able to share our knowledge, emphasising that the welfare of mountain glaciers, eco-systems and communities are not merely an important topic for those dwelling in mountainous countries; they are in fact highly significant and vital for global climatic stability and fresh water regulation.
Through our exhibition in the Mountain Pavilion along with our participation in events in Rio Centro and the Peoples Summit, we worked on communicating this fact as widely as possible. During this time we were able to meet with and make links with other groups earnestly working for true Sustainable Development. Amongst these were the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Kogi Mamas from Columbia.