The Conference will present and discuss regional and global experience in mountain development since Rio 1992. It will identify challenges and opportunities for the future of global sustainable mountain development. The results of the Conference will produce insights that will feed into initiatives and events such as the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP), the United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio 2012, and the CSD biennail cycle 20/21 in 2013 and 2014 where mountains will be one of the five priority themes, as well as into other global sustainable development processes. Among the themes debated will be the role, in mountains, of green economy and institutional frameworks for sustainable developement and poverty alleviation.

The aims of the Lucerne Conference are thus to:

  • take stock of what has been achieved, and what has not, in sustainable mountain development (SMD) since 1992 in different mountain regions of the world,
  • learn what has worked, what has not and why,
  • identify current and future challenges and explore how these can be addressed,
  • propose a ‘Plan of Action’ that secures renewed political commitment for SMD, and
  • identify and discuss the role of different stakeholders in such a ‘Plan of Action’.