The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is an
office-level agency in the federal administration of Switzerland, and a
part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Climate change,
agriculture and food security as well as water being one of the themes
of focus for SDC, the Agency recently launched the Sustainable Mountain
Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme, a programme with the
goal to contribute to SMD under uncertain changes in climatic,
environmental and socio-economic conditions, focusing on poverty and
risk reduction. Under this programme, SDC has been the major sponsor of the WMF since its inception in Lucerne in 2012.
All core funding for WMF 2016 has been provided by the Agency and even participation costs for selected participated will be covered by this funding.
United Nations Development Programme’s work focuses on helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and reduction of inequalities and exclusion including helping countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Most recently, the importance of preserving mountainous ecosystems has been highlighted in the commitments that the Member States and the UN-system have taken, such as but not limited to, the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Paris Agreement developed in 2015 at COP21 is a cornerstone for building a sustainable future. Mountains are of trans-sectoral importance in the 2030 Agenda as they provide diverse and numerous ecosystem services, and thus play a key role in the achievement of many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UNDP support to the World Mountain Forum is the recognition to the relevance of mountain ecosystems in achieving the sustainable development goals. UNDP contributed to the travel of delegates and the accommodation.
As the host of the event, the government of Uganda through the its Ministry of Water and Environment and a host of other government agencies are supporting the organization of the World Mountain Forum 2016 in all of its aspects. The support includes the provision of facilities and personnel to assist in the preparations of the logistics of the event as well a significant direct financial contribution to the budget of the forum