October 29, 2002
Global Mountain Summit is opened in Bishkek
The solemn opening of the Global Mountain Summit was
held in Bishkek in the Government House. The opening ceremony began with
the speech of well-known writer Chyngyz Aitmatov, who welcomed
participants of the Summit in Kyrgyzstan.
The working presidium is
elected, where includes President of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akaev,
Director-General of UNESCO Konchiro Matsuura, Prince Anton von und zu
Liechtenstein, President of the International hunters’ council on
protection of wild animals Diter Schram, Prime Minister of Tajikistan Akil
Akilov, writer Chyngyz Aitmotov. President of Kyrgyzstan A. Akaev welcomed
participants of the Summit and noted the necessity of its conducting for
stable development of mountain territories.
In 1998 the United
Nations General Assembly declared the year 2002 as the International Year
of Mountains (IYM). The decision was made in response to a proposal by the
Government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, and builds on Chapter 13 of
Agenda 21, signed at the 1992 Earth Summit, which focuses on mountain
During 2002 people all over the world have participated in
events to celebrate mountains and discuss ways to promote their
conservation and sustainable development.
The Bishkek Global
Mountain Summit is the final global event of the International Year of
Mountains. It draws together the ideas and recommendations generated by
previous events, from all levels and sectors of society, into proposals
for concrete action, including:
1. The Bishkek Mountain Platform,
a synthesis of the results of mountain meetings since the 1992 Earth
Summit, including recommendations for sustainable mountain development
drawn from these meetings and ten thematic papers prepared for the Summit.
2. The International Partnership for Sustainable Development of
Mountain Regions, based on the Platform and on the partnership initiative
launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
A draft proposal for a UN General Assembly resolution on a framework for
action for integrated management of mountain ecosystems.
Establishment of a network of Mountain Developing States (MODS).
5. The Central Asian Mountain Charter.
This summit is
organised by the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and UNEP in collaboration with FAO
and with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,
the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Aga Khan Development Network
(AKDN), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UNESCO, UNDP, United Nations
University, the Mountain Forum, the Governments of Switzerland, Germany,
Italy and several other partners.
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