Tuesday 2 March, 04:00 – 05:30 pm, Ziyun Hall

1. Launch of publication “Investing in Sustainable Development”

Host: Susanne Wymann von Dach (CDE)

Facilitator: Carly Biondi

Contributions by various partners

Achieving the ambitious goals formulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for future investments in mountain regions. In many such regions, development lags behind and poverty rates are high. Without investment, prospects for improvement in mountains are scant, as national and international development policies still pay little attention to the specific challenges faced by mountain inhabitants. While mountain ecosystem goods and services and the diverse assets of mountain communities offer significant opportunities for investments fostering sustainable development, investing in sustainable mountain development still poses significant challenges.

The publication

The latest edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Series, titled Investing in Sustainable Mountain Development, addresses these challenges and presents 19 promising case studies from mountain regions around the world, covering efforts by diverse public and private actors, and ranging from classic examples of development investments to innovative financing mechanisms specifically tailored to the local context and conditions. The publication concludes with key messages on mountain development addressed to policy-makers. The publication was supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Audience and objectives

All participants interested in learning more about financing and fostering sustainable development in mountains are welcome to attend the event. After a short presentation of the publication, the editors will present key messages. The audience will be invited to share their own experience and to discuss opportunities for raising policy-makers’ awareness of the benefits of investments in mountains.

2. Poster session:

  • 2 posters from DPR Korea/SDC
  • 2 posters from ICIMOD
  • 2 posters from UCA
  • 1 poster from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Nepal
  • 2 posters from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Pakistan
  • 2 posters from CMES/KIB/ICRAF