International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day

Basic Information

International Mountain Day is observed on December 11 with an aim to draw attention to the important roles that mountain regions play in water, energy and food supply.

Observed on: 11 December

Organized by: UN, FAO

Introduced in: 2002 (UN Resolution)

Observed: Worldwide

About International Mountain Day

The year 2002 was the International Year of Mountains. At the close of this year, on December 20, 2002, the United Nations (UN) general Assembly proclaimed to observe December 11 as International Mountain Day with an aim to draw attention to the important roles that mountain regions play in water, energy and food supply. The Day was first observed on 11 December 2003. With this proclamation UN encouraged the international community to organize events at all levels on that day to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development.

Activities and Programs on Mountain Day

Mountain Day is observed with various activities and events. Some events are workshops, seminars, book fairs, press releases, etc. These programs and events are aimed to spread the importance and role of mountains and mountainous regions.

Theme for International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day 2020 Theme is “Mountain biodiversity

Mountain Day 2019 Theme was “Mountains matter for Youth

Mountain Day 2018 Theme was “#MountainsMatter

2017 Theme: Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration

2016 Theme: Mountain Cultures: celebrating diversity and strengthening identity

2015 Theme: Promoting Mountain Products for Better Livelihoods

2014 Theme: Mountain Farming

2013 Theme: Mountains: Key to a Sustainable Future

2012 Theme: Celebrating Mountain Life

2011 Theme: Mountains and Forests

2010 Theme: Mountain Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

2009 Theme: Reducing Risk Saves Lives

2008 Theme: Food Security in Mountains

2007 Theme: Climate Change in Mountains Areas

2006 Theme: Managing Mountain Biodiversity for Better Lives

2005 Theme: Mountain Tourism: Making it Work for the Poor

2004 Theme: Peace: Key to Sustainable Mountain Development

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