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…Together with the United Kingdom – with which this year we have the parallel presidencies of the G7 and G20 – we will focus on sustainability and “green transition” in view of the forthcoming Conference of the Parties on climate change (Cop 26), with a particular attention to actively involve the younger generations, through the “Youth4Climate” event …

Mario Draghi,
Italian Prime Minister
February 17, 2021

We are pleased to inform you that your event has been included in the
“All4Climate — Italy 2021” Program promoting 2021 as the Year of Climate Ambition.

All4Climate Team

Mountains In A Nutshell

Mountains are unanimously recognized as “sentinels of environmental changes”: they respond rapidly and intensely to climatic and environmental modifications and can lose essential ecosystem services, menacing the well-being of people depending on high-altitude resources

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The Conference

High Summit COP 26 – International Conference on Mountains, Climate Change and Sustainable Development aims at proposing a high-level platform to provide an overview and an updating on the current state-of-the-art of the global si-tuation, the new and implemented adaptation measures and on the actions needed to protect mountains ecosystems and to challenges and opportunity promote their sustainable development and growth.

The event will foresee two key moments
1. A scintific conference of two and half days held in September during the Pre-COP event program in Italy.
The conference will be organized in 7 thematic sessions: Each session will be opened by a plenary lecture by a keynote speaker, followed by 4/5 scientific and technical presentations by relevant international scientific experts
2. A wrap up event held in Glasgow during the COP26 side event program, to summarize the key outputs of each thematic sessions resumed in a summary report presented by main conference keynote speakers.

Conference Moderators and Speakers

Relevant panelists by main international institutions and scientific organizations will be invited to participate in the conference. Main involved organizations will be: UN agencies (UNEP, UNDP, WMO, FAO – Mountain Partnership, IUCN) Research institutions and Universities, International Organizations (World Bank, MRI, WWF, ICIMOD), national and international experts.

Conference Organizer and Partner

(preliminary list)
EvK2Minoprio in collaboration with Minoprio Foundation and EVK2 chartered association, FAO-Mountain Partnership, WMO, UNDP, Italian Embassy in Islamabad – Pakistan Italia, Pakistan Embassy in Italy, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, AICS – Islamabad, NAST-Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Lombardy Region, Cariplo Foundation, World Bank, ENEA , Sky Italia, University of Milan, Polytechnic of Milan, Cagliari University, Turin University, Padova University, Chieti University, Siena University, Ferrara University, Department of sustainable engineering- Guglielmo Marconi University, National institute of oceanography and experimental geophysics (OGS), CNR-Water research institute, CNR-Institute of clinical physiology.

High Summit Scientific Committee

  • Stefania Proietti, Marconi University, Mayor of Assisi
  • Elisa Vuillermoz, Excecutive Coordinator of EvK2Minoprio
  • Paolo Sdringola, ENEA
  • Sandro Fuzzi, ISAC-CNR (Italy), lead author of the 6° IPCC report
  • Claudio Smiraglia, University of Milan
  • Ashik A. Khan, UCN World Commission on Protected Areas Member
  • Rosa Laura Romeo, Mountain Partnership – FAO
  • Efrem Ferrari, World Bank consultant
  • Gianantonio Arnoldi, CEO of CAL
  • Annalisa Cogo, University of Ferrara
  • Maurizio Gallo, President of EvK2Minoprio

High Summit Organizing Committee

  • Ignazio Perego, Minoprio Foundation
  • Stefania Cantaluppi, Minoprio Foundation
  • Sabrina Salvi, Minoprio Foundation
  • Alberto Cortinovis, EvK2Minoprio
  • Pietro Coerezza, EvK2Minoprio


For the first time, the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report (AR5) (Special Report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate, Chapter 02 – High Mountain Areas) dedicates a chapter to the impacts of climate change con mountain environments, thus demonstrating the growing of the awareness on those ecosystems, their fragility, the importance of their resources, fundamental for our lives and the need of taking urgent actions to protect them.
The cryosphere is an integral element of high mountain regions, which are home to roughly 10% of the global population. Widespread cryosphere changes affect physical, biological and human systems in the mountains and surrounding lowlands, with impacts evident even in the ocean. Evidence of the impact of climate change on snow cover, glaciers and permafrost are visible in the alterations of most related natural hazards, increasing the exposure of people and infrastructure, due also to growing population, tourism and socioeconomic development.
Changing in cryosphere and variations in the amount and seasonality of runoff cause impacts on water resources and agriculture, but also on species composition and abundance and on tourism and recreation activities such as skiing, glacier tourism and mountaineering. Adaptation in agriculture, tourism and drinking water supply has aimed to reduce the impacts of cryosphere change, though there is limited evidence on their effectiveness owing to a lack of formal evaluations, or technical, financial and institutional barriers to implementation.

Future projections of cryospheric changes, their impacts and risks, and adaptation in high mountain areas highlight that current trends in cryosphere-related changes in high mountain ecosystems are expected to continue and impacts to intensify, with negative impacts on agriculture, hydropower and water quality in some regions but also on cultural assets, such as snow- and ice-covered peaks in many UNESCO World Heritage sites, and tourism and recreation activities, are expected to be negatively affected by future cryospheric changes in many regions.

Target n.1 of Sustainable Development Goal n° 15 explicitly mentions mountains among the ecosystems to be conserved, restored and sustainably used in line with international agreements.

By providing key environmental services such as freshwater, biodiversity conservation and hydropower to more than half of humanity, mountain ecosystems play a critical role in world development. Mountain are essential for long-term sustainable global development, poverty alleviation and the transition to a green economy underlying the importance of pursuing and investing in sustainable mountain development. In order to face those scenarios, a global engagement is fundamental to define adaptation planning at different level (regional, national and global) supported by international multilateral cooperation concrete actions.



Day 1 - 24 September

Time: 9.00 – 9.10    Welcome Remarks

Time: 9.10 – 10.10    Opening Remarks

Time: 10.30 – 12.30    Parallel Sessions

Climate Actions In Mountain Regions

Water Towers Of The World:
Glaciers And Water Resources Management

Time: 12.30 – 14.00    Lunch

Time: 14.00 – 16.20    Parallel Sessions

Ecosystem, Biodiversity And Mountain Protected Areas As Opportunity For Development

Environmental And Socio – Economic Impacts Of Climate Change: Mitigation And Adaption Strategies In Mountain Regions

Time: 16.30 – 18.30    Parallel Sessions

Disruptive Technologies And Socio – Economic Sustainability Challenges And Opportunities

Connectivity And  Transportation: New Development And Future Perspectives

Time: 19.30 – 21.30    Gala Evening

Day 2 - 25 September

Time: 9.00 – 10.20    Parallel Sessions

Mountain Well – Being: A One Health Approach For High Altitude Communities To Improve Social Welfare

“Youth4Climate” at High Summit

Time: 11.00 – 12.00    Closing Remarks

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