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    2 December 2013


    United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Vienna - Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (ISCC) in cooperation with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna
    invite you to a public event
    on the occasion of the International Mountain Day

    "The Post-2015 Development Agenda - Why Mountains Matter for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"


    Wednesday 11 December 2013 from 16:00 - 18:30 hrs

    at the

    Vienna International Centre (VIC)

    Wagramerstrasse 5, C-Building, 7th floor, Conference Room C-2

    International experts will discuss the current Post-2015 development process including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need to mainstream mountain issues into current discussions, in particular, with regards to issues such as water, climate change, energy, forestry and biodiversity.

    Speakers include:

    Harald Egerer - Coordinator of the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention and Head of the UNEP Vienna Office
    Elisabeth Sötz - Expert on Environmental and Natural Resources, Austrian Development Agency
    Walter-Maria Stojan - Head of Unit for Environment and Sustainability, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
    Raimund Mair - Expert on Sustainable Hydropower, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
    Georg Gratzer - Expert on Mountain Forestry, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
    Lawrence Hislop - Head of the Polar Division, GRID Arendal -a Centre collaborating with UNEP
    Nina Shatberashvili - Expert on climate change and adaption in the Caucasus, National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG)
    Representatives from UNDP Tajikistan - Presenting experiences from Central Asia

    Participation requires a VIC grounds pass. Media representatives who wish to attend and who are not accredited to the VIC should contact , no later than

    Monday, 9 December 2013, 12.00

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    For further information please contact:

    Matthias Jurek
    GRID Arendal expert, UNEP Vienna - ISCC
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4326
    Email: matthias.jurek[at]

    The organization of the event has been facilitated by UNEP Vienna - ISCC and UNIS Vienna in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water of Austria (Lebensministerium), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), GRID Arendal (GRIDA), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), the European Academy Bolzano (EURAC) and the Carpathian Convention. The International Mountain Day (11 December) provides an opportunity to create awareness about mountains, their importance to the global community, and to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development. "Mountains" have been successfully included in the Rio+20 outcome document "The Future We Want".