On 25 September, the United Nations flag was officially raised in front of the Eurac Research headquarters in Bolzano, Italy, marking its accreditation as an official UN duty station (and making it is the only location in Italy with a UNU presence).
The UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) has maintained a long-standing research partnership with Eurac Research in the fields of climate risks, sustainable development, and civil security research in mountain areas. This collaboration led to the establishment of the jointly driven UNU programme Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS).
“Mountain regions play a central role in the global development of agriculture, food security, the supply of fresh drinking water, and the maintenance of biodiversity. At the same time, mountain regions are particularly exposed and vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and other natural and man-made hazards. This is why applied research and collaborative networking with research partners such as Eurac Research is vital for UNU,” emphasised Dr. Shen Xiaomeng, UNU-ViE Vice-Rector in Europe and Director of UNU-EHS.
The particular objective for Eurac Research President Dr Roland Psenner is “to be able to bring the comprehensive findings from 25 years of research on mountain areas to the global stage through this important partnership with United Nations University and thus contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030.”
The ultimate aim of the UNU-EHS GLOMOS programme is to establish a solid network of partners in key mountain regions around the world to conduct joint research and to translate research results from the fields of climate risks, ecosystem protection, disaster preparedness, and emergency response into practical applications.
“Actual sustainable development and transformations can only be achieved through the ownership of local stakeholder and practitioners,” said Dr Joerg Szarzynski, who together with Dr Stefan Schneiderbauer co-heads the GLOMOS programme.
“Therefore, a major objective of the programme”, added Schneiderbauer, ” is to facilitate international dialogue and transfer of knowledge with partners from different mountain regions worldwide”.
For more, see the news story on the UNU-EHS website.