Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012 Press release

State Secretary Waldner opens the Mountain Pavilion in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, 20 June 2012 – Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner opened the Mountain Pavilion together with the President of Peru today on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Conference.

The Pavilion for the Global Mountain Partnership (GMP) is an initiative of Peru and the Andean organisation CONDESAN. It was set up and opened during the Rio+20 Conference for the Global Mountain Partnership (GMP) to draw the world’s attention to the importance of mountain areas for sustainable global development.

"The Mountain Pavilion aims to provide a clear profile for the entire issue of sustainable mountain development (SMD) as a valuable input for sustainable development everywhere. Sustained development in mountainous regions has a special place in Austrian development cooperation schemes (for example in Bhutan and Ethiopia). Austria thus provides content and financial support for the Mountain Pavilion", State Secretary Waldner said at the opening ceremony.

GMP is an alliance of 50 nations – including Austria, 16 international organisations and more than 120 non-governmental organisations, with the avowed aim of developing expertise in the special problems faced by mountainous regions and producing common strategies for dealing with them. The focus countries of Austria’s development cooperation work, Armenia, Georgia, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Serbia, are also members of the Global Mountain Partnership.

Austria is furthermore home to the headquarters of the Alpine Convention, the first binding convention of a mountain region, and to the interim secretariat of the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians.

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