World Mountain Forum 2018: Registration Now Open & Call for Contributions

Date: 05 July 2018
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Registration Now Open & Call for Contributions
Deadline: July 29th 2018, 11:59 pm (GMT+6)

The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the World Mountain Forum (WMF) 2018, to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, October 23rd to 26th 2018. To contribute to the discussion, UCA invites the submission of contributons addressing one of four core themes of the Forum:
  1. Climate Change Affecting Water and Energy in Mountain Areas
  2. Poverty, Food Systems and Agrobiodiversity 
  3. Resilience and Transformation in Mountain Communities and Ecosystems
  4. Investing in Mountains - Securing the Future

This Forum is the fourth in a series of WMF events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation.

Emerging drivers of global change are transforming mountain communities and ecosystems. The pronounced vulnerability of mountain people and ecosystems to the negative effects of global change make building adaptive capacity and resilience an urgent priority. Developing and identifying solutions to enhance mountain livelihoods and well-being in a sustainable manner must be built on inclusive, just, and environmentally friendly foundations to be sustainable in the long term.

WMF is uniquely positioned to provide a timely space for policy-makers, scientists and practitioners to share experiences and best practices, and develop integrated solutions to existing challenges to sustainable development in mountain regions. The WMF 2018 programme includes high-level segments for leaders and dignitaries, plenary and keynote presentations, debate panels, parallel sessions on four core thematic issues featured below, and field trips. WMF 2018 aims at building on past achievements and successes and developing scenarios for a thriving mountain future. The government of Kyrgyzstan is privileged to host this prestigious event and looks forward to welcoming the participants in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

A full programme of the 4-day event, including side events, is available on the WMF 2018 website.

Participate at the WMF 2018
The WMF 2018 is structured around four core thematic tracks, and are addressed around three foci:
  • Day 1: Current trends and dynamics
  • Day 2: Pathways to sustainable transformation (morning); and partnerships to sustain and support sustainable mountain development (afternoon)
  • Day 3: Synthesis and compilation of key messages and an outlook that presents prospects for future action.
How to contribute and participate?
Contribution proposals (350-400 words) can be submitted using the conference website. They should address one of four core themes of the WMF 2018. If selected, contributions will be presented at the WMF 2018 as poster presentations with 7-minute ‘flash talks'. Proposed contributions should address the specific content and suggested guiding questions that each core thematic issue seeks to address. Please refer to the WMF 2018 website to access the detailed call and submissions portal for contributions. The deadline for contribution proposals is Sunday July 29th 2018, 11:59pm (GMT +6).

Registration is now also open. Please register your attendance for the WMF 2018 by Sunday July 29th 2018 at 11:59pm (GMT +6).

For more information, please visit the forum’s website at
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