AIMF is pleased to announce that it has received a formal invitation from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to establish in Aspen a North American Hub for the Mountain Partnership. (Click here to view the letter from the UN.) The Mountain Partnership is a voluntary alliance of almost 200 international members, including 50 countries, committed to working together with the common goal of improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.
The Mountain Partnership Secretariat is the organizational entity that supports and serves its members. The Secretariat’s current structure consists of a central Hub in Rome and decentralized Hubs in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Central Asia, and Europe. North America has been without a hub for several years.
“AIMF is honored by the UN’s invitation to establish the North American Hub for the Mountain Partnership in Aspen,” said AIMF President Karinjo DeVore. “Establishing a Mountain Partnership Hub is an exciting opportunity for Aspen, the Roaring Fork Valley, the State of Colorado, and for all North American mountain communities.”
The Hub will manage the exchange of vital information, help create working partnerships among mountain communities, and provide an urgently needed voice for North American mountains.
To launch the Hub on solid footing this year will require about $150,000. AIMF has launched a fundraising campaign to raise this initial amount and to establish a Mountain Preservation Fund to fund the hub’s efforts to preserve North America’s mountain environments into the future.
You can support AIMF’s efforts to establish a North American Mountain Partnership by going to our Donate page.