International Conference on Mountains, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

25 August - WORKSHOP - Gilgit, Pakistan
24 - 25 September 2021 - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - Fondazione Minoprio, Como
01 - 12 November 2021 - SIDE EVENT at COP26 - Glasgow
22 September - 12 November 2021 - CULTURAL EVENT - Milano, Como


to bring mountains back to the center of attention of the International Community.

A high-level discussion table provides an updated overview of the current situation of mountain ecosystems globally, of adaptation measures and actions needed to protect these environments, and of challenges and opportunities to promote their sustainable development.

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An event designed around 3 key moments:


The Workshop takes place at the Karakoram International University of Gilgit in Pakistan, and it’s focused on:
The importance of mountain actions and upcoming COP events with focus on mountains; Glacier and hydrology; Livelihood Improvement in Mountain Ecosystems; Biodiversity, Mountain Protected Areas


The two-day scientific conference that takes place in September during the Pre-COP events program in Italy. Organized in 9 thematic sessions: Each session will be opened by a moderator, followed by 7/8 scientific and technical presentations by leading international experts.


The final event held in Glasgow during COP26, to bring the main results of each thematic session to the attention of the international community, collected in a summary document and presented by the main speakers of the conference.


day 1 - 10:30 am

Towards 2030:
Climate change in mountain regions

day 1 - 10:30 am

Water towers of the world:
glaciers and water resources management

day 1 - 2:00 pm

Ecosystem, biodiversity and mountain protected areas as opportunity for development

day 1 - 2:00 pm

Connectivity and transportation:
new development and future perspectives

day 1 - 4:30 pm

Disruptive technologies and socio-economic sustainability - challenges and opportunities

day 1 - 4:30 pm

Mountains of Europe the European
strategies for the alpine regions

day 2 - 9:00 am

Mountain well-being: a one health approach for high altitude communities to improve social welfare

day 2 - 9:00 am

"Youth4Climate" at High Summit Cop26

day 2- 11:15 Am

Closing Remarks

Our protagonists

Special Session with a focus dedicated to the point of view of the younger generations

"Youth4Climate" AT HIGH SUMMIT

A special session dedicated to the students involved in the preparation of project proposals inspired by 8 the conference thematic sessions.
The Conference Scientific Committee will select the best proposals that will be presented by the students during the High Summit COP26 event.

Students are involved in the preparation of project proposals inspired by the thematic sessions of the conference.

The scientific committee of the Conference selects the proposals that are presented during this session dedicated
to the look of young students on the issues addressed in the other sessions.



8 photographic exhibitions dedicated to some of the issues addressed during the international conference in Minoprio, several exhibitions are organized using the spaces available at the headquarter of the Minoprio Foundation.

  • The  Mountain Genius Challenge, curated by EvK2Minoprio, outdoor photographic exhibition
  • “2000 meters above human things: alpine refuges: history, typology, functions”, by Luca Gibello, Minoprio, Como
  • “Contemporary architectures in the Italian western Alps“, by Antonio De Rossi and Roberto Dini, Minoprio, Como
  • “High Altitude Cleaning”, by Paolo Petrignani, Minoprio, Como 
  • “Energia ad Alta Quota”, byCobat, Minoprio, Como
  • “La buona Neve – Tribute to Rolly Marchi for the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Games”, by EvK2Minoprio, Minoprio, Como
  • Redesign of Capanna Margherita, by Politecnico di Milano
  • “We are On the top! The Summit of K2 and The Faces of a People”, by Rimini meeting 2020, mountaingenius.org

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FAO Secretariat

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