World Nature Organization and the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention announce major cooperation
The Preparatory Commission for the World Nature Organization, together with the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, announces the signing of an Understanding between the two organizations on 24 June in Innsbruck, Austria.
Geneva/Innsbruck. – The Preparatory Commission for the World Nature Organization (WNO) and the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention (PSAC) established a major cooperation by approving a Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed in Innsbruck on Monday. The goal of the Understanding is to complement the important work of the Alpine Convention on a global level, to enable permanent information exchange and to use the synergies efficiently.
The Understanding commits the parties to discussing sustainable development, sharing knowledge and supporting each other’s projects. “This is a crucial step,” said Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach, Deputy Head of the Preparatory Commission for the World Nature Organization. “By formulating the modalities of our cooperation, the strength and relevance of our joint effort can lead to successful projects.” According to the Commission, the cooperation between both organizations is a direct response to the intertwined, global environmental challenges, which underline the need for a holistic approach.
Both organizations welcome the opportunity to further strengthen and develop their cooperation. The priorities in the Understanding signed on Monday provide the focus and momentum for addressing environmental questions together, as part of the future sustainable development of the Alps and in consideration of the fact that global warming and air pollution are serious threats for the outstanding biodiversity of the Alpine region. “It is a privilege to cooperate with the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, which is remarkably committed to ensuring green and sustainable development”, said Count Oliver of Wurmbrand-Stuppach.
“The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention is pleased to build up a cooperation with the World Nature Organization”, declared Marco Onida, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention. “It is crucial to act on these issues at global level, in line with the principles set out in the document « the Future we want » adopted at the UNCDS Conference of Rio+20. The signed Memorandum of Understanding will be very meaningful for the future collaboration and especially for strengthening synergies. We look forward to the further development of the WNO and to further sharing our goals and work with this organization.” said Mr. Onida.
About the Alpine Convention
The Alpine Convention is an agreement between the eight Alpine countries (Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Switzerland and Slovenia) and the European Union, which aims to promote the protection of the Alps and their by-sustainable development. The Alpine Convention is the world's first legally binding international Treaty for the protection of mountain regions. For the first time a mountain area was defined as a functional unit as well as geographical cultural and economic environment facing common challenges. For the period 2013 – 2014 Italy has the Presidency of the Alpine Convention.
About the WNO Preparatory Commission
The Preparatory Commission for the World Nature Organization (WNO) was set up in 2011 and is mandated by the states that are already today affected by the impact of global warming, rising sea levels, air or water pollution. The Commission is responsible for the development of the WNO Treaty as well as for the inception of the Treaty and the achievement of its general validity.
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Dorothea Alber, Department of Communications and Public Information
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