Happy International Mountain Day!
Covering around 27 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and well-being to 720 million mountain people around the world, but indirectly benefit billions more living downstream.
The challenge is to identify new and sustainable opportunities that can bring benefits to both highland and lowland communities and help to eradicate poverty without contributing to the degradation of fragile mountain ecosystems.
The Manneken Pis clothed in mountaineering gear
Reuse Festival in Iran (Photo: Amin Moein)
The Mountain Partnership is a voluntary alliance of partners including the UIAA dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world. Watch their video recorded in Turkey, with messages from members from around the world.
Dear Mountain Partnership members and friends,
Today is the day we celebrate mountains all over the world. The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. It is observed every year and FAO is the UN coordinating agency for the preparation of this annual celebration.
This year’s International Mountain Day theme is about mountain family farmers, who contribute substantially to reducing poverty, feeding families and communities, and ensuring the sustainability of natural resources
Watch our ‘Celebrating Mountains on 11 December’ video, a compilation of interviews with Mountain Partnership members recorded in Erzurum, Turkey. The video is available in English and in Spanish.
On our International Mountain day tri-lingual website you will find all information tools including a poster, a fact sheet, the IMD logo in all the official UN languages, the certificate of participation as well as information on the events taking place around the world.
Don’t forget to send us reports about the celebrations of the day in your country or institution – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mountain Partnership Secretariat