The Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development is a regional mechanism for monitoring the status of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their targets, their means of implementation, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.
During the Sixth Meeting of the Country Forum, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago de Chile, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Andean Mountain Initiative (IAM) and the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) organized a side event named: Alianzas estratégicas para el desarrollo sostenible en los Andes: La experiencia de la Iniciativa Andina de Montañas (Strategic Alliances for Sustainable Development in the Andes: The experience of the Andean Mountain Initiative).
The event began by presenting the relevance of strategic alliances, especially those aimed at sustainable development and climate action, presented by Ana Cristina Becerra of UNEP. Then, Karen Price from the technical secretariat of the IAM, and Lorena Perez from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and focal point to the IAM, shared the experience of the Initiative as an alliance of the Andean region. The planning instruments, as well as the Strategic Agenda on Adaptation to Climate Change and the Call to Action, were presented.
Patricia Breuer from the Research Center in Technologies for Society of the Universidad del Desarrollo of Chile, and the Mountain Women of the World collective participated in the event, who shared their experience in promoting networking to strengthen mountain communities and the participation of women, playing an essential role in these socio-ecosystems.
Finally, Jocelyn Ostolaza of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) gave an overview of the opportunities and lessons learned from regional strategic alliances for climate change adaptation in the Andes.
Source: Andean Mountain Initiative
(PDF Spanish) Ana Cristina Becerra, Latin American and Caribbean Office, UNEP
(PDF Spanish) Karen Price, Andean Mountain Initiative
(PDF Spanish) Patricia Breuer, Research Center in Technologies for Society of the Universidad del Desarrollo of Chile / Mountain Women of the World Collective
(PDF Spanish) Jocelyn Ostolaza, Regional Program Officer, Swiss Cooperation SDC
About the Andean Mountain Initiative
The Andean Mountains Initiative is a platform composed of the seven countries that share a common territory: the Andes Mountains. Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela voluntarily work to strengthen regional dialogue to encourage and carry out joint action.
About the Adaptation at Altitude Programme
Adaptation at Altitude works to promote knowledge management, producing comprehensive information and analysis, identifying solutions to climate change to integrate them into land management and decision-making, from the local to the continental scale.
The Adaptation at Altitude programme is being implemented from 2019-2023 in the Andes by CONDESAN, through an agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It works with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in the mountain regions of East Africa and the South Caucasus, and with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
It collaborates with global initiatives such as the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), the Mountain Research initiative MRI, the ZOÏ Environmental Network and the WeAdapt programme of the University of Geneva, and with key partners in the Andes. It supports two continental monitoring networks in Andean mountain ecosystems: the GLORIA-Andes Network and the Andean Forest Network. The project is part of the global Adaptation at Altitude programme.