Ahead of the SDG Summit, a new UN report by an independent group of scientists launched today calls for transformational shifts rooted in science that would urgently reverse course and turbocharge the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report recognizes individuals and organizations who contributed to an open call for inputs held from September 2021 to November 2021, including the mention of the MRI (represented by Dr Carolina Adler on behalf of the network).

Climate science and services are central to solutions.

At the half-time point of the 2030 Agenda, the science is clear – the planet is far off track from meeting its climate goals. This undermines global efforts to tackle hunger, poverty and ill-health, improve access to clean water and energy and many other aspects of sustainable development, according to a new multi-agency report coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

This Special Issue “Integrative Water Resources Research and Management in the Andes,” is now featured in the open-access Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies. Two MRI members - Christian Huggel (former MRI Co-Principal Investigator) and Fabian Drenkhan - edited this collection, which includes several interconnected relevant MRI community topics such as integrated hydrological modelling, drought assessment, water-energy-food nexus and security, and water management.

A new study on glacier shrinkage and how the decline of glaciers may produce new terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems in the future. 

Following the designation of 2022 as the 'International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD),' the United Nations General Assembly has now proclaimed 2024 to 2033 as the 'International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development (IDSSD).'

A new study published in Nature Climate Change and co-authored by former MRI Science Leadership Council member, Samuel Morin, warns that a quarter of European ski resorts could face snow scarcity every other year due to 2°C of global heating, raising doubts about their future. This Carbon Brief guest post digs into the details.

The workshop, held from the 25 to 27 June 2023 in Bern, Switzerland, aimed to refine the concept of the Uniform High-Elevation Observing Platform (UHOP) and discuss how the prospective network could help deliver an improved understanding of climate change across different elevation gradients and potentially also support other applications such as Early Warning Systems.

On the 5 July 2023, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), GEO Mountains, the Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Region & Sustainable Caucasus, UNEP/GRID-Geneva, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) co-convened a workshop in Kutaisi, Georgia within the context of the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2023.  

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