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Mountain community leaders convening in Aspen on climate change and sustainability

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Roberto Cenciarelli
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Courtesy of FAO and the Aspen International Mountain Foundation
Participants at the United Nations' fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership talk about the impacts of climate change, hunger and migration. The event was held at the group’s headquarters in Rome on Dec. 11-15, 2017. This year’s event, which will focus on sustainable development, will take place in Aspen Tuesday through Sept. 29.

Leaders from mountain communities around the world are coming to Aspen next week to talk about sustainable development in the face of climate change, water scarcity and other environmental threats.

They’re gathering Tuesday through Sept. 29 for the sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership, which is based in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The alliance has more than 300 members and includes government officials, nongovernmental organizations and business leaders — and this year marks the first time it is convening in North America.

Members meet about every four years to set sustainable development goals and brainstorm ways to tackle a range of issues impacting their communities.

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Courtesy of the Aspen International Mountain Foundation
Aspen International Mountain Foundation representative Altaire Cambata was one of more than 220 participants at the most recent Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership, held in December 2017. As part of this year’s convening, mayors and other local government officials from Aspen to Vail are coming together on Wednesday to talk about the impacts of climate change and to share solutions.

Local resident Karinjo DeVore is the president of the Aspen International Mountain Foundation, which helped start the original U.N. partnership.

She and her team organized this year’s three-day event with help from The Aspen Institute, the city of Aspen and the state of Colorado.

“We’re going to be addressing issues that have to do with water, biodiversity, ecotourism and climate change, of course,” DeVore said. “It’s very important that mountain communities all over the world come together.”

Aspen Public Radio recently talked with DeVore about which events are open to the public and about what she hopes comes out of the gathering.

You can listen to the conversation in the audio story above.

Eleanor is an award-winning journalist and Morning Edition anchor. Eleanor has reported on a wide range of topics in her community, including the impacts of federal immigration policies on local DACA recipients, the Valley’s COVID-19 eviction and housing crisis, and hungry goats fighting climate change across the West through targeted grazing. Connecting with people from all walks of life and creating empathic spaces for them to tell their stories fuels her work.