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The University of Milan with its UNIMONT centre is taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai in the week dedicated to “climate and biodiversity”, which will see the Italian mountains at the center of a series of initiatives dedicated to skills, good practices and international innovation aimed at fostering sustainable development and the resilience of mountain communities.

Mountains cover 27% of the world’s surface, have between 60 and 80% of all freshwater resources on our planet and are biodiversity hotspots. These unique and complex territories are home to nearly 1 billion people globally and are currently feeling the effects of ongoing climate change. Therefore, it is necessary to promote new models of sustainable development for mountain areas and innovative processes that can guarantee the livelihood of local communities.

How can we make young people aware of what the mountains offer, both from an environmental point of view and in terms of sustainable social and economic opportunities? How can an educational model dedicated to mountain areas be developed, capable of empowering local communities and promoting innovative processes in the mountains? How can the enhancement of the cultural and natural heritage of the mountains be supported?

With these questions, the University of Milan with its decentralized UNIMONT Centre in Edolo entirely dedicated to the development of mountain areas, is organizing “Connecting Youth and Mountains, Creating a Lively Future”, which will take place on 8th October 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai in two sessions.

The morning session is the last moment of the Youth4Mountains consultation which involved more than 100 young people from 28 countries around the world to create the Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto (MEIM). The path was envisaged as a moment of training, study and debate aimed at young people from all over the world, between 16 and 29 years old, resident in mountain areas or passionate about sustainability. As part of the event on 8th October, the same young people will work together to finish drafting the Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto (MEIM) which will be presented later. The afternoon session will be an opportunity for institutional discussion and debate on the role of research and the need to promote new models of sustainable development for mountain areas, focusing on training and the enhancement of human capital.

Furthermore, the UNIMONT Centre of the University of Milan will be the protagonist on 7th October within the international forum on the mountains “Reaching for the Stars: Sustainable and Climate Resilient Mountain Development” organized by FAO – Mountain Partnership, for which the Edolo Centre, recognized as an effective “model” and good practice for the enhancement of mountain territories, unique in Europe, has been invited to talk about its experience in the field of research, teaching and networking with the main actors and stakeholders of Italian and European mountains.

114 participants from 28 Countries

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08.10.2021 | 22.09.2021 | Youth4Mountains Series

How can we raise young people’s awareness of what mountains can offer from an environmental point of view as well as in terms of sustainable social and economic opportunities? How can we develop an educational model for and about mountains, capable of empowering local communities? How to promote the valorisation of mountain cultural and natural heritage? With these questions in mind, UNIMONT  promotes the event “Connecting Youth and Mountains, Creating a Lively Future” which will take place on the 8th of October at Expo 2020 Dubai.

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  • MORNING SESSION | 11.00 – 13.00 GMT+4 (09.00 – 11.00 CET-Italy)

Last event of the Youth4Mountains Series (involving youth from 16 to 29 years): an open consultation to create the Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto (MEIM) for the promotion of a sustainable and lively future in mountain areas

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  • EVENING SESSION | 15.00 – 18.00 GMT+4 (13.00 – 16.00 CET-Italy)

“Connecting Youth and Mountains, Creating a Lively Future”: the event will contribute to raise awareness on the role of education for the future of mountain areas, with the direct and proactive involvement of young people who live and work in the mountains who shaped the Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto to promote a sustainable and lively future in mountain areas.

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07.10.2021| “Reaching for the Stars: sustainable and climate resilient mountain development”

UNIMONT – University of Milan will be the protagonist on 7th October within the international forum on the mountains “Reaching for the Stars: Sustainable and Climate Resilient Mountain Development” organized with the FAO – Mountain Partnership, which bring together mountain practitioners, policy-makers, scientists, the private sector, and grassroots actors to share local knowledge and best practices in enhancing the resilience of mountain communities, livelihoods, and ecosystems.

During this event UNIMONT talk about its experience of collaboration and networking with Italian and European mountains.

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22.09.2021 | Youth4Mountains Series

Second appointment of the consultation “Youth4Mountains Series” – on the 22nd of September: participants contributed to the drafting of the first draft of the “Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto“, by working in different thematic groups. During the meeting, Jaideep Bansal, COO of the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), made a relevant contribution about sustainable development to mountain communities and energy independence in the most remote areas of the Himalayas.

 

15.09.2021 | Youth4Mountains Series

First event of the consultation that will lead to the drafting of the “Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto (MEIM)”

More than 100 participants from 28 countries around the world registered for the session on the 15th of September. It was a moment of training and dialogue with young people at the international level on the following topics: Climate change;  Biodiversity; Interconnection, virtual and physical mobility; Entrepreneurship and innovation.

12.09.2021 | Sustainable development of mountains, from the Technical-Scientific National Table for Mountains to Expo 2020 Dubai

As a part of the Climbing for Climate initiative promoted by the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development – RUS and Club Alpino Italiano – CAI, UNIMONT – University of Milan organizeda discussion dedicated to the “sustainable development of mountains, from the Technical-Scientific National Table for Mountains to Expo 2020 Dubai”. The event took place on September 12, 2021 at Agriturismo Malga Magnolta, Aprica (SO)

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Mountain Education & Innovation Manifesto (MEIM)

The Mountain Education and Innovation Manifesto (MEIM) a strategic document that is the result of a consultation involving more than 100 young people from 28 Countries around the world, containing recommendations for promoting sustainable development for mountains

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