Sustainable mountain development

The present report was prepared in response to the General Assembly resolution 66/205, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its sixty-eighth session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions. The report describes the status of Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) at the national and international levels, including an overall analysis of the challenges that lie ahead, and provides suggestions for consideration by the Assembly as to how to continue to promote and effectively sustain development in mountain regions around the world within the existing policy context, including chapter 13 of Agenda 21, adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (“Johannesburg Plan of Implementation”), the Millennium Development Goals and the follow-up actions of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.