Kyrgyzstan to host World Mountain Forum 2018


BISHKEK (TCA) — The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute has announced the World Mountain Forum 2018, to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from October 23 to 26.

The Forum’s topic is “Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future”.

This Forum is the fourth in a series of World Mountain Forum (WMF) events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation.

The WMF is bringing together the global Sustainable Mountain Development community, and enabling strategic and timely dialogue on some of the most pertinent development challenges. The forum will strive to identify and develop solutions for mountain areas globally, but with a special emphasis this year on the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor.

UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network.

Sergey Kwan