The United Nations and its many agencies and partner organizations, in stating and working to implement the (17) Sustainable Development Goals, has been a leader in the utilization of tele-networking systems, network applications and networked collaborative, research, education, policy and grounded decision making processes, since before the dawning of the Internet.
As is evident in this section, the UN is setting examples for provision of networking platforms, toolkits and partnerships so as to collaboratively address and fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals. The remarkable realizations and benefits of networking over the last many years, now require an updated assessment, pragmatic next phase recommendations and actions, and creative forward-looking vision that meets the known urgency of our tasks.
This section makes clear that the UN is a global leader in networking and network applications,
with the capability and incentive to offer additional inter-agency resources, relationships and opportunities to further the work of mountains sustainability.
The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals, for a better world by 2030. The Global Goals have the power to end poverty, fight
inequality and address the urgency of climate change. Guided by the Goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone. The Global Goals are made up of 17 commitments and 169 targets.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – HelpDesk
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Localizing the SDGS
UN Mountain Partnership
UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), Mountain Partnership Secretariat (Rome)
The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around the world. The Mountain Partnership currently has 446 members, comprising 60 governments, 10 subnational authorities, 18 intergovernmental organizations, 358 civil society groups.
New initiatives are developed as new priority areas are identified by members. Linkages between partnership initiatives are being encouraged at local, national, regional and global levels, with members entering into specific initiatives according to their priorities, needs and capacities.
Communication Strategy of the Mountain Partnership 2022-2025
This communication plan was developed by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) with member input, to provide a global and regional strategy to support and follow on the 2018-2021 Communication Strategy, being closely linked to the MP’s advocacy strategy. The Secretariat, in consultation with members, has developed a powerful brand and visual identity, a website, a monthly newsletter in English, a brochure in four languages, social media channels, videos, technical publications, databases, policy and issues briefs, United Nations (UN) reports and other materials. It has also developed guidelines for news stories to be published on the website, a social media guide as well as brand guidelines.
The MPS has produced a resource mobilization strategy, funding database and guide intended to assist MP members in mobilizing resources, in allocating these resources for agreed priorities of work and in managing and reporting on their use. It has also created a concise “Mobilizing Resources for mountain peoples and environment proposal” as well as separate proposals on the Mountain Facility, the Mountain Secretariat and the Mapping Mountain Vulnerability study. The MPS can also provide specific material and PPTs on request.
Currently, the MP Funding Database includes more than 240 funding sources with search filters to allow members to efficiently locate funds based on geographical scope and thematic focus. http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/our-work/resource-mobilization/fund-list/en/
Peak to Peak: Monthly Newsletter of the Mountain Partnership
International Mountain Day https://www.un.org/en/observances/mountain-day
Next Mountain Partnership Global Meeting to be held in Aspen, Colorado, USA in 2022
The Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) will host the sixth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Aspen, Colorado, United States of America in September 25-28, 2022, as decided by vote of the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee.
The UN General Assembly has designated 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development.
By the resolution, UN Member States acknowledge that mountain regions, especially in developing countries, are experiencing increasing poverty, food insecurity, social exclusion, environmental degradation and exposure to the risk of disasters, and access to basic services is limited. These include safe and affordable drinking water, basic sanitation, and sustainable modern energy services.
The resolution invites the International Partnership for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions (Mountain Partnership), in collaboration with other relevant organizations, to facilitate the observance of the International Year.
Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Mountains
Mountain ecosystems are under threat from climate change, land degradation and natural disasters, with potentially devastating and far-reaching consequences for mountain communities and the rest of the world. Mountains are essential to the survival of the global ecosystem as vital sources of water, energy, biodiversity, and agricultural products. This is why the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly recognizes their importance and vulnerability. This global commitment must be reflected in concrete actions, long-lasting processes and policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments and ensure that “nobody is left behind” as required by the 2030 Agenda.
UN Climate Change Reports
IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Aug. 9, 2021
AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis
The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleo-climate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.
IPCC WGI Interactive Atlas
A novel tool for flexible spatial and temporal analyses of much of the observed and projected climate change information underpinning the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, including regional synthesis for Climatic Impact-Drivers (CIDs).
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and United Nations Environment Program to provide policymakers with regular assessments on the scientific basis for climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. https://www.ipcc.ch/
Despite the very palpable observed changes in mountains due to climate change, mountain regions have received limited representation in several of the recent IPCC assessment cycles. In the Sixth Assessment Cycle (AR6), however, mountain regions receive substantially more attention, most notably in the ‘High Mountains’ chapter of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and in the ‘Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains’ in the WGII AR6 contribution. Coordinated and sustained efforts by the mountain research community are necessary to be able to achieve the highest possible quality in these assessments, and strong research capacities are critical for this purpose. Diverse participation from mountain research experts with various disciplinary backgrounds, from diverse cultural and regional contexts are important to support the quality of this input, and to facilitate dialogue between the scientific community and policymakers to address climate change in mountains.
Recognizing these needs – and with input and financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Global Program Climate Change and Environment – project partners the MRI, University of Zurich, Helvetas, and ICIMOD have teamed up to design, implement, and realise the project’s overall objective, which is to strengthen the evidence basis on climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, and climate-resilient development pathways in mountain regions, while supporting regional representation and development focused science-policy dialogues in diverse mountain contexts. Central to this objective is to also benefit from the ongoing AR6 experience as a unique learning opportunity that enhances the capacity-building of experts and early career researchers (ECRs) in developing countries and promotes their future participation in the IPCC process.
Six participants have been chosen to take part in a three-year Mentoring and Training Program in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers. The project is being carried out in parallel to the IPCC AR6 WGII assessment and report preparation phase, from 2019 to 2021.
Enhanced networking capabilities and usage will be required in order to achieve the objectives of this initiative.
2030 Connect is a UN online technology platform for the SDGs, launched July 15, 2020. https://tfm2030connect.un.org/
2030 Connect is a dynamic new tool for entrepreneurs, innovators, students and leaders from around the world seeking to exchange ideas and technology, build networks, and work to advance the Sustainable Development. 2030 Connect is an initiative by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UN Office of Information and Communications Technology https://unite.un.org/ .
Paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development announced the launch of a “Technology Facilitation Mechanism” (TFM) in order to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The TFM will facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships through the sharing of information, experiences, best practices and policy advice among Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/tfm
The UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTILs)
The UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTILs) are designed to move humanity forward, faster by focusing on the use of innovative technology to solve some of humanity’s most pressing needs. Each UNTIL is based on different humanitarian themes that are central to the needs of individual Lab’s specific geolocation which, in turn, are aligned with the UN Mandates in Peace and Security, Human Rights and Sustainable Development. https://until.un.org/
UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation
“Digital technology is shaping history. But there is also the sense that it is running away with us. Where will it take us? Will our dignity and rights be enhanced or diminished? Will our societies become more equal or less equal? Will we become more, or less, secure and safe? The answers to these questions depend on our ability to work together across disciplines and actors, across nations and political divides. We have a collective responsibility to give direction to these tech-nologies so that we maximize benefits and curtail unintended consequences and malicious use.”
Based on recommendations from the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel for Digital Cooperation convened from 2018-2019, and further informed by a series of roundtable discussions with key stakeholders from Governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, academic institutions, the technical community, and other relevant stakeholders, the following set of actions are envisaged:
- An Inclusive Digital Economy and Society
- Global Connectivity
- Digital Public Goods
- Digital Inclusion
- Human and Institutional Capacity
- Digital Capacity-Building
- Human Rights and Human Agency
- Digital Human Rights
- Artificial Intelligence
- Trust, Security and Stability
- Digital Trust and Security
- Global Digital Cooperation
- Global Digital Cooperation
Report of the Secretary-General Roadmap for Digital Cooperation
Digital Capacity Global Database
As noted in the UN Secretary General’s Digital Roadmap, many countries and citizens are deprived of capacities and skills crucial to the digital era and to attaining the SDGs. Digital capacity development must be more needs-driven and tailored to individual and national circumstances, and better coordinated globally. This site provides resources for stakeholders to assess their digital capacity needs, find resources, and implement digital capacity development.
Don’t let the digital divide become ‘the new face of inequality’: UN deputy chief
27 April 2021
Without decisive action by the international community, the digital divide will become “the new face of inequality”, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed warned the General Assembly on Tuesday.
“Almost half the world’s population, 3.7 billion people, the majority of them women, and most in developing countries, are still offline”, Ms Mohammed told ambassadors, tech experts and representatives from civil society groups.
“Collectively, our task is to help design digital environments that can connect everyone with a positive future. This is why we need a common effort, with collaboration among national and local governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and multilateral organizations.”
“Now more than ever, we need a global townhall to address these issues and to capitalise on technology’s transformational potential to create new jobs, boost financial inclusion, close the gender gap, spur a green recovery and redesign our cities”, she said.
The General Assembly debate sought to generate political commitments to address the widening digital divide as pandemic recovery efforts align with the push to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the end of the decade.
Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
The United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) hosts the CTCN in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the support of a consortium of partners (see below) that are engaged in some 1,500 activities related to climate technologies in over 150 countries.
The CTCN network is a wide and diverse system of international, regional and national member institutions. Serving as the core of the CTCN, network members respond to climate technology requests from developing country Parties to the UNFCCC. In addition, network members participate in CTCN events, exchange information, and provide experts for webinars, e-learning courses and other types of trainings offered by the CTCN In addition to their project implementation experience, the CTCN consortium of partners provides extensive expertise in knowledge management and network development.
RuLIS – Rural Livelihoods Information System
The FAO Statistics Division, the World Bank and IFAD have joined forces to build RuLIS, as a tool to support policies for reducing rural poverty. Information on agricultural income and rural livelihoods is crucial for the formulation of evidence-based development policies. In order to ensure the greatest accuracy to the information provided, the Rural Livelihoods Information System (RuLIS) is undergoing further data revision and testing
AQUASTAT – FAO’s Global Information System on Water and Agriculture
AQUASTAT is the FAO global information system on water resources and agricultural water management. It collects, analyses and provides free access to over 180 variables and indicators by country from 1960. AQUASTAT draws on national capacities and expertise with an emphasis on Africa, the Near East, countries of the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. AQUASTAT plays a key role in the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 that sets out to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, and in particular indicators of target 6.4 on water stress and water use efficiency.
In 2020, the UN (FAO) announced the establishment of an international platform that aims to provide guidance to the application of digital technologies in the context of food and agriculture. The findings of the study underline the need to uphold and implement internationally agreed human rights standards in the context of digitalization, including the FAO’s own Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests.
Open Foris is a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitates flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting. The initiative is a collaborative effort of numerous public and private institutions and it is hosted by the Forestry Department of the UN FAO.
Government, research institutions and NGOs use these tools for a wide range of monitoring purposes such as: forest inventories, climate change reporting, socio-economic surveys, biodiversity assessment, land use, land use change and forestry measurement, deforestation monitoring with remote sensing and detecting desertification and trees outside of forest.
The UN-REDD Program
Collaborative Online Workspace is a free and open community and knowledge sharing platform for UN-REDD Program partner countries and the wider REDD+ global community. https://www.un-redd.org/
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism developed by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It creates a financial value for the carbon stored in forests by offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. Developing countries would receive results-based payments for results-based actions. REDD+ goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
Action Networks are informal coalitions of countries working on specific policies and legislation. They are used to exchange good practices, illustrate successes and challenges, and provide mutual support to accelerate implementation of actions to address malnutrition and promote nutrition.
The UN General Assembly mandated the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to co-lead implementation of the Nutrition Decade, which offers an opportunity to strengthen collaboration on nutrition action between countries.
Network convenors provide the Action Network’s proposed title, objectives, scope and initial program of work to the Nutrition Decade’s joint FAO/WHO Secretariat. This will enable inclusion of the Network’s progress within relevant reports of the World Health Assembly, FAO Governing Bodies, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and UN General Assembly.
For more information on Action Networks, please contact the joint FAO/WHO Secretariat of the Nutrition Decade.
The UN Nutrition Network
The UN Nutrition Network provides a platform to increase UN Coherence, Coordination and Convergence on nutrition, enabling countries to employ a holistic, integrated approach for addressing all forms of malnutrition. It brings together the expertise and clout of the United Nations agencies to harness the full potential of nutrition as a driver of sustainable development. United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025). https://www.unnetworkforsun.org/
UNN-REACH support can be mobilized through the UN Network to stimulate momentum towards scaling up nutrition action at the country level. UNN-REACH provides neutral experts in facilitation, networking and capacity strengthening to improve nutrition governance, with an emphasis on multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder coordination.
International Environmental Technology Centre
The International Environmental Technology Centre’s vision is for countries to implement sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, with focus on holistic waste management.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is located in Osaka, Japan. IETC was established in 1992, as a follow-up to Decision 16/34 of the UN Environment Governing Council.
United Nation’s 2021 International Year of Creative Economy
The UN has declared 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.
The UNCTAD Creative Economy Network
The UNCTAD Creative Economy Network is a platform for those interested in developing the creative economies of all nations, everywhere. UNCTAD’s Creative Economy Network links academia, artists, creative professionals and civil society to build a network to promote international cooperation, strategic alliances, research exchanges and advocacy. Through the Creative Economy Network, UNCTAD has proactively facilitated the sharing of knowledge and best practices. It has forged strategic alliances and networks among governments, creators, the business community and the civil society.
Sign up to be part of our Creative Economy Network platform
Join our Facebook Group and a community committed to debate and sharing insight, information, data and opportunities related to the creative economy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/223661184910751/
The 59th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59)
The 59th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59) took place from February 8 to 17, 2021 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.
Priority Theme: Socially just transition towards sustainable development: The role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all.
Emerging Issue: Social policy to promote a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery: building back better post-COVID-19 for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.
United Nations Broadband Commission
ITU and UNESCO set up the Broadband Commission for Digital Development in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s call to step-up UN efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Commission was established in May 2010 with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda, and expanding broadband access in every country as key to accelerating progress towards national and international development targets. It defines practical ways in which countries — at all stages of development — can achieve this, in cooperation with the private sector.
Following adoption of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, the Commission was re-launched as the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development to showcase and document the power of ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) specific targets are included in 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, however, there are no fewer than 38 other targets whose achievement will depend upon universal and affordable access to ICT and Broadband. Amongst the related science and technology targets are references to the internet, infrastructure, innovation, information access, increased efficiency, early warning, disaster risk management, knowledge sharing and data.
In 2018, given the shift towards new UN development Agenda 2030 and new challenges of a digital world, the Commission re-evaluated and launched new framework of Targets 2025 in support of “Connecting the Other Half” of the world’s population.
Working Groups are at the heart of the work being done at the Broadband Commission.
Each group’s research and outputs relate to one of the core focus areas of the Commission:
a. Connecting the unconnected.
b. Driving and promoting ICTs for sustainable development.
c. Social and economic aspects of broadband and ICTs.
d. Exploring how ICTs can best empower users equally across geographic location, socio-economic status, gender & race, through skills, multilingualism etc. https://www.broadbandcommission.org/workinggroups/
The State of Broadband 2020: Tackling digital inequalities – A decade for action
The world in 2020 is in a state of flux. While much progress has been made globally over the past ten years in expanding access to, and adoption of, broadband infrastructure and services, significant challenges remain in tackling digital inequalities, addressing the current widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accelerating efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
As one of its final publications of 2020, the ITU released the Last Mile Connectivity Solutions Guide. The Last-mile Internet Solutions Guide consists of guidelines that can help policymakers and professionals select and customize appropriate last-mile connectivity solutions. This guide is part of a broader Last-mile Connectivity Toolkit, which aims to drive new collaborative strategies to extend connectivity to those at the bottom of the social pyramid, and to enable key stakeholders to take a more holistic approach that treats broadband as a basic public utility and core tool for socio-economic development. To complement this Solutions Guide, BDT is developing a range of resources to help Member States address last-mile connectivity challenges, including a database of case studies (LMC Case Studies Database) and interactive last-mile connectivity diagnostic and decision-making tools.
Manifesto: Global Goal of Universal Connectivity
The Broadband Commission’s Manifesto is a rallying cry, calling for collaboration in:
- Establishing a baseline for universal digital connectivity
- Identifying and supporting public-private financing of universal broadband,
pioneering innovative hybrid and/or complementary, replicable and sustainable financing and investment models for all types of networks, and catalyzing impactful partnerships
- Advocating for enabling ICT regulatory environments, ICT capacity building and online safety and security, especially for children, as integral to efforts to achieve the Global Broadband Targets 2025 and the SDGs.
The UN Broadband Commission Working Group on Virtual Health and Care
The UN Broadband Commission calls on the global community to recognize digital connectivity as the foundational element of the Sustainable Development Agenda. As we define the ‘new normal’ for our post-COVID world, leaving no one behind means leaving no one offline.
The United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries
The United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries is a global organization dedicated to enhancing the contribution of science, technology and innovation for sustainable development in the world’s least developed countries. The UN Technology Bank helps least developed countries build the science, technology and innovation capacity that they need to promote the structural transformation of their economies, eradicate poverty and foster sustainable development. The UN Technology Bank is now a member of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), now having a partnership opportunity to build a network to share knowledge, experiences, and expertise, and boost efforts to advance policy and regulatory reforms in least developed countries. https://www.un.org/technologybank/
The United Nations Technology Bank, together with the UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the Tech Access Partnership (TAP) on 12 May 2020, as part of a coordinated approach to strengthen developing countries’ responses to COVID-19 and increase access to lifesaving health technologies. https://www.un.org/technologybank/content/launch_tech_access_partnership
UN: Geospatial location information for a better world
The UN Open GIS Initiative
Mapping for a Sustainable World
On 24 January 2021, to celebrate the International Day of Education and to contribute to free and accessible education towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations and the International Cartographic Association have released a joint publication entitled “Mapping for a Sustainable World”. The publication aims to share best practices, conventions, and explaining how different mapping techniques reveal spatio-temporal patterns, such as global population growth, socioeconomic disparities, and climate change, to understanding challenges and achievements towards the Sustainable Development Goals. By integrating geospatial and statistical data of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Indicator Database, cartography can support decision-making and promote public awareness on Sustainable Goals.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
PAGE was launched in 2013 as a response to the call at Rio+20 to support those countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories. PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labor Organization, UN Development Program, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication.
United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany
Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS)
Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) is a collaborative program and scientific alliance between the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Eurac Research based in Bolzano, Italy.
GLOMOS represents an interface between the international mountain research community and the UN system. Conducting applied and transdisciplinary research to support livelihoods and sustainable mountain development GLOMOS also facilitates a greater recognition of mountain-related topics within international frameworks and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The goal of GLOMOS is to contribute to the development of resilient mountain communities, towards natural and man-made hazards and disaster risks, to protect the wealth of biological and cultural diversity, and to support adaptive solutions and sustainable transformation processes within these highly sensitive social-ecological systems, primarily in the Global South.
UN International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
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The Coalition for Fragile Ecosystems (COFE)
The Coalition for Fragile Ecosystems (COFE) is a new global alliance of vulnerable communities living in fragile ecosystems that advocates globally for the protection of mountain and island ecosystems and the resilience of their populations. http://www.glispa.org/cofe
Founded in 2017 by the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and the Mountain Partnership (MP) during the fifth MP Global Meeting in Rome, and the financial support of the Italian Development Cooperation, COFE is a mechanism intended to speed up progress on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in fragile ecosystems by raising global attention and prompting tangible commitments and activities. Mountains and islands are among the most fragile ecosystems of our planet. Although from different perspectives, they share similar constraints and face similar development challenges: climate change vulnerability, isolation, remoteness from main international trade routes, higher transportation costs, extreme weather conditions, high vulnerability to both human-made and natural disasters, higher exposure to economic shocks, higher import costs, food insecurity, and small natural resource base for exports.
UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme and the Mountain Research Initiative have come together online to launch the World Network of Mountain Biosphere Reserves.
The United Nations: a Network of Networks
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“Entrepreneurship for the Sustainable Development Goals”, Keynote remarks at the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Event on Innovation and Technology – SDG Innovation.
“The question is: what is required in order to achieve these technologies and these strategies?
The short answer is networks and entrepreneurship.”