To bring together leading scientists and others working in, and concerned with, mountain areas around the world in order to:
- present, evaluate and synthesise progress in our understanding of global change in mountain regions since 2005;
- work proactively on a global agenda for research and action relating to global change and mountain regions, taking into consideration global assessment and policy processes, such as those relating to the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as the consideration of mountains by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in 2012, 20 years after the Rio Earth Summit.
The conference will specifically inform the future direction of two global initiatives:
1. the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI): a global change scientific program that
- detects signals of global environmental change in mountain environments,
- defines the consequences of global environmental change for mountain regions as well as lowland systems dependent on mountain resources, and
- informs sustainable land, water, and resource management for mountain regions at local to regional scales;
2. the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, located at the Centre for Mountain Studies, specifically its objectives to:
- facilitate the further development and implementation of the GLOCHAMORE Research Strategy;
- organise and contribute to international meetings that facilitate understanding of, and action towards, sustainable mountain development, taking global change into consideration; and to publish the outcomes;
In addition, it will provide opportunities for presentation and further development of activities within other global and regional programmes/initiatives either focussing specifically on mountain themes (e.g., GLORIA, GMBA, MIREN, CEOP-HE, CORFOR, Western Mountain Initiative) or with a mountain component (e.g., PAGES).