Integrity and productivity of ecosystem goods and services from rangelands are critical to the livelihoods of over half a billion people in over 100 countries worldwide. Pastoralists play a key role in the stewardship, conservation and sustainable management of rangelands that cover more than half of the earth’s land mass. Innovative solutions exist for achieving sustainable pastoralism that generate benefits in all SDGs and synergistically integrate them. Pastoralists are not just victims but also a strong ally who may play a vital role regarding global challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. These landscapes and livelihoods need urgent attention from many sectors (e.g. agriculture, environment, health, education, trade) and many stakeholders (e.g. policymakers, herders, land managers, environmentalists, legislators, businesspeople, scientists, civil society, youth and women). The proclamation of an International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists in 2026 is expected to raise awareness of these issues worldwide, fill knowledge gaps, and spur a stronger momentum towards finding innovative solutions for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Event will feature speakers from the Government of Mongolia and several other governments supporting the IYRP; pastoralists from Norway, Kenya, Argentina and India; speakers from international and regional organizations such as UNDP, ILRI, IPMG, League for Pastoral Peoples; and CRDD on the impacts of COVID on pastoralists.