The work of the WMPA is motivated by three major objectives:
- to make mountains understood in an international arena and at the level of each country and continent;
- to organise North-South and South-South exchange and co-operation between mountain territories and populations, in order to share knowledge, means and experiences;
- to support and develop the local initiatives of the association’s members and partners.
The WMPA aims to meet to the concerns of mountain people who wish to redefine a new future for their territories and rethink their place in society: maintain control of their resources and choose their development paths; have the same opportunities for progress as other territories and reduce the major inequalities that characterize them; build strong, supportive local communities, and thus create a community of destinies on different levels; live peacefully with the rest of society respecting its particularities, rights, identity, values and cultures, be heard and recognized as legitimate and representative partners at the national and international levels.
The WMPA takes all measures to ensure that mountain people are present and represented in all bodies that make decisions that have direct or indirect consequences on their future; inform and rouse national and international public opinion on the stakes involved in these territories’ equitable and sustainable development; build mountain people’s capacity for action by making legal, financial, institutional and technical resources that meet their needs available to them; foster relationships among population groups; organize debates and meetings; and play the role of intermediary and centre for redistributing data.