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The United Nations General Assembly designated December 11 as International Mountain Day, beginning in 2003 (resolution A/RES/57/245).

Mountain Partnership Secretariat of FAO

Mountains in the 2030 Agenda  on sustainable development

Mountains and Sustainable Development Goals: Call to action!

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On may 02, 2019, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan signed resolution No. 227 on the establishment of the national natural Park "Yagnob". Residents of the picturesque Yagnob Valley, due to its natural isolation and inaccessibility, as direct heirs of the Sogdian civilization, were able to preserve the originality of the way of life, culture, one of the elements of which is the Yagnob language, close to the ancient Sogdian language. Read More (Ru, En)…

 Foto: Yagnob.Tajik socio-ecological Union.


Mountains matter for Youth’ is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day, which is celebrated on 11 December

The 2019 International Mountain Day’s theme is a great opportunity for young generations to take the lead and request that mountains and mountain peoples become central in the national and international development agendas, receive more attention, investments and tailored research.

The day will also be an occasion to educate children about the role that mountains play in supporting billions up and downstream – by providing freshwater, clean energy, food and recreation.

International Mountain Day is a chance to highlight that for rural youth, living in the mountains can be hard. Many young people leave in search of a better life and employment. Migration from mountains leads to abandoned agriculture, land degradation and a loss of cultural values and ancient traditions.  Education and training, market access, diverse employment opportunities and good public services can ensure a brighter future for young people in the mountains.

In the coming months, a communication tool box for International Mountain Day will be made available on Mountain Partnership website in six languages.

While ‘Mountains matter for Youth’ is the suggested theme for 2019, countries, communities and organizations are welcome to celebrate International Mountain Day through themes of their choosing.

What can you do?

Raise awareness of mountains on 11 December by organizing youth forums, hands-on activities, presentations, student debates, photo and art competitions, hikes and events targeted to specific age groups.

Write to us about the International Mountain Day event you are planning at so we can publish it on the International Mountain Day website.

Join the conversation on social media using the #MountainsMatter hashtag. Share your stories about the reality of living in the mountains as a young person, or post a photo of your favorite mountain moment and share it with us and your friends.

Access our tool kit to help share your story.

The Mountain Partnership

April 18, 2019

The Mountain Partnership is a voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.


Moscow headquarters of the Russian geographical society (RGS)

Moscow, 11 December 2018


Mountains matter!

On December 11, a meeting dedicated to the International Day of Mountains-2018 was held in the Moscow headquarters of the Russian geographical society on the New square. 

Opened the Meeting and Honorary President of the RGS, the Chairman of the Commission of the  RGS on tourism academician Vladimir Mikhailovich, who said: 

"The International Day of Mountains has been celebrated all over the world since 2003 by the decision of the UN General Assembly. Today, in different countries, in villages and villages, parliaments and universities, events of different formats are held in honor of this event.

This year's theme is "Mountains matter" (#mountainsmatter), but we strengthened her narrative the importance of the following way – "THE MOUNTAINS HAVE A VALUE!»

This topic allows us to consider a variety of aspects and problems of development of mountain areas – from the problems of climate change and natural phenomena to the problems of preservation of natural and cultural heritage and the causes of flight of young people from the mountains. For our meeting we have chosen a specific topic "Mountain tourism and recreation-for the benefit of tourists, in support of mountains and mountain communities".

And this is understandable: 

1. The initiator of this event, since 2015, is the RGS Commission on tourism. Our partner in its implementation is the permanent Environmental Commission of the RGS.

2. In September of this year, our Commission held its annual meeting in the Altai region in the village of Belokurikha and in Teletskoe lake, which allowed us to live to see the potential and problems of development of tourism and recreation in the mountains and foothills of Altai. 

So our meeting today is a continuation of the conversation that began in September in Altai. We invited our Altai partners-the organizers of field tours in Altai to speak to the Moscow audience with a story about their achievements, problems and prospects.  

Heads and employees of the representative Offices of mining subjects of the Russian Federation, scientists, and members of the public take part in our Meeting. Attended by our foreign colleagues and friends: President of the Geographical society of Tajikistan Professor H. M. Muhabbatov and the Head of Aga Khan Foundation in Russia Dr. Davlatsulton Dorgabekova.

The founder and head of the Mountain group MAB-6 of UNESCO in IGRAN (1983-2013), leading research scientist,  PhD in Geologo-mineralogical sciences, Yu. P. Badenkov told about three significant events that took place in the Russian mountain community in 2018: 

1. On June 4, the Institute of geography of RAS held a Round table "Mountain agenda of Russia – 2030". It was attended by leading Russian scientists and experts in the field of sustainable development of mountain areas, representatives of most mountain regions of Russia, foreign partners from Tajikistan, Germany and the United States.

This event preceded The international conference "Practical geography and challenges of the XXI century" dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of geography of RAS.  As a result of the discussions, a "Statement of the participants of the Round table" was adopted, which formulated recommendations on the formation of a national policy for the development of mountain territories of Russia.

2. The world mountain forum 2018 (22-26 October), held in Bishkek, was one of a series of similar forums held this year in different countries (Switzerland, Brazil) devoted to the problem of sustainable development of mountain regions in a changing world. At the same time, A youth mountain forum was held. The Forum was attended by more than 1,000 people from different mountain countries and regions of the world. Russia was represented at the forum by representatives of Altai and the Institute of geography of RAS. The Forum resulted in the adoption of a "Call for Mountains", which contained recommendations for action at the local, national, regional and global levels. The next event of this scale – "Caucasian mountain forum" will be held in Ankara in the spring of 2019. Information about VGF in Bishkek can be found on this website.

3. The Interparliamentary Assembly of States – participants of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), at its annual Assembly (November 2018) adopted the decision on the inclusion of a model law "On the development and protection of mountain areas" in the Perspective plan of model lawmaking CIS for 2016 – 2020.  The Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs initiated the adoption of this law. This initiative was supported by the Federation Council and the Permanent Commission of IPA CIS on agrarian policy, natural resources and the environment. The Institute of legislation and comparative law under the government of the Russian Federation and the Institute of geography of RAS act as the drafters of the law to be adopted in 2019. The adoption of such a model law means that all CIS countries should bring their legal norms on the development of their mountain territories in line with the adopted law and its recommendations. Thus, the adoption of the Federal law on the development and support of mountain regions of Russia, which has been repeatedly raised by the Republics of Altai, Dagestan and North Ossetia Alania, will be included in the Mountain agenda of Russia-2030.

The program of the Meeting included two reports on the development of tourism and recreation in the Altai region (Belokurikha resort) and the Republic of Altai (Teletskoye lake).  

Oleg Sergeyevich Akimov, Deputy General Director for strategic development of the resort of Belokurikha presented a report "prospects of development of tourism in the city of Belokurikha in the interior of the Natural Park "Foothills of Altai".

Ivan V. Yuzhakov, Chairman of the public Council "Teletskoye lake", made a report on "Features and future of tourism in the Teletskoye natural area. The ship "pioneer of the Altai" as a development machine".  A film was shown about the history of the restoration of the ship "pioneer of Altai", which for more than ten years" rusted " at the pier in the village of Artybash and was fully restored thanks to the perseverance and energy of Ivan Yuzhakov. Since 2015, the ship transports tourists in the waters of lake Teletskoye.

Both reports aroused great interest among those present. Many questions were asked. In their speeches, the participants noted the commitment of the authors and their colleagues in the implementation of ideas and plans for the development of sustainable tourism and recreation in the Altai. It was suggested to disseminate this experience in other mountain regions of the country. 

The overall impression about the event well articulated leading research scientist of IG RAS, R.G. Gracheva: "Today was a great Day in the mountains PRO! Guests from Altai-from Belokurikha and Teletskoye lake-just stunned us with their presentations, but above all with their enthusiasm, amazing creativity and ability to achieve their goals. The story of the" Pioneer of Altai"- a steamer from childhood, which "revived" by one of children, once floating on it on lake Teletskoye, is worth a separate story. Mountain Day is very interesting every year, and people come extraordinary." 

Meetings in the RGS dedicated to the International day of mountains, not only provide new information about the mountain regions of Russia and the problems of their development. They are also a good platform for scientists to communicate with the heads and staff of the Representatives of mountain regions of the Russian Federation located in Moscow. And this time the Head of the Department of Economics of the representative Office of the Republic of Ingushetia I.V. Gerbova Inspired by the reports presented, gerbova invited the staff of the Institute of geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences to discuss the prospects of cooperation in the development of mountain regions of Ingushetia - perhaps a report from Ingushetia will be included in The program of the international year of Mountains 2019. 

The Secretariat of the NCSC

and Administration site NCSC

are grateful to Yu. P. Badenkov

by the provided material!

University of Central Asia 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Need for Integrated Solutions and Stronger Partnerships – World Mountain Forum Concludes

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, accounting for 13% of the world’s population. Mountainous regions are particularly sensitive to the effects of global and climate change, jeopardising many of the critical goods and services they provide – an area that covers 22 percent of the world’s land surface, and provides 60 to 80 percent of the Earth’s fresh water.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic co-organised the fourth World Mountain Forum (WMF 2018), with support from the Government of Switzerland and the Aga Khan Foundation United Kingdom, from October 23-26 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It brought together 300 participants from the global community across complementary sectors and different types of agencies including community members, civil society, academic, and government institutions, to share experiences and best practices, and develop integrated solutions to existing challenges of sustainable development in mountain regions.

Alidovar Sodatsairov, an undergraduate student from the University of Central Asia, and Youth Delegate, presented the outcomes of the Youth Mountain Forum at the World Mountain Forum.

Welcoming the participants, Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector of UCA, highlighted the commitment of the University of Central Asia in the development of mountain communities, and urged the Forum to partner with the University to research issues critical to mountain communities and create proposals for improving their quality of life.

“Climate change and other global changes are real and are distinctly affecting mountain societies, as well as downstream populations. Often times solutions may best be found in a fusion of traditional and modern perspectives, approaches and technologies, which can fruitfully be applied to emerging challenges.” said Dr. Marc Foggin, Associate Director of UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute. “Across all of our forum discussions, more than any other message, there was an emphatic call for broader and stronger partnerships.”

Plenary sessions, presentations, and side-events at the conference addressed the overarching theme of ‘Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways Towards a Thriving Mountain Future’. Speakers discussed topics such as current trends and dynamics; pathways towards a sustainable mountain future; and partnerships and alliances to advance Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD).

“Countries should ensure that their laws and their activities in the mountain areas conform with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, most of our water comes from mountain areas, which are forested and have rich soils. These ecosystems should be protected and utilised in a manner such that these resources not only provide for the current generation, but generations to come,” said Dr. Gorreti Kitutu, Minister of State for Environment of Uganda.

The Forum was preceded by the Youth Mountain Forum (YMF), held on October 22 2018, co-organised by UCA and UNICEF (Kyrgyzstan), that brought together students and young professionals from 14 countries, interested in climate change and SMD to serve as Youth Ambassadors during the main World Mountain Forum 2018. “The main challenges and possible solutions for mountain development include the need for stakeholders to exchange information on mountain regions to co-develop solutions; the need to ensure that indigenous and traditional knowledge are incorporated in global development programmes on mountains, and the importance of targeting vulnerable groups to the effects of climate change,” said Alidovar Sodatsairov, an undergraduate student from the University of Central Asia, and Youth Delegate, who presented the outcomes of the YMF.

One of the conclusions of WMF was the need to highlight that the wellbeing of people who live in the geography of mountains is critical to downstream societies, yet their voices are not sufficiently heard. The overall discussion on SDGs focuses on lowlands and urban centres, and there is hardly any mention of the importance of mountains, which are the providers of critical resources such as water.

As a side event to WMF 2018, UCA organised a MountainEXPO, with support from the United Nations Development Programme country office in Kyrgyzstan, which provided an opportunity for different institutions and non-governmental organisations to showcase their best practices and products in a "knowledge fair" format. It also included an exhibit of the Aga Khan Development Network projects in Central Asia.

The next World Mountain Forum is expected to convene in 2020 to continue discussions on local, regional, and global experiences in achieving the goals of Sustainable Mountain Development.

2018/31/10, the Press Service of the University of Central Asia


The IV world mining forum (VGF 2018) was attended by a delegation from Russia, a leading researcher, candidate of geological and mineralogical Sciences of the IG RAS, Professor, doctor of Sciences (Moscow). Department of economic geography and cartography, faculty of geography of the Altai state University Dunets. (Barnaul), Deputy Director for science of Katun biosphere reserve Yashina T. V. (Altai Republic).


Dear Mountain Partnership members and friends,

To raise the public’s awareness about the challenges that mountain communities face we are requesting our members and friends to share their experiences about the impact of climate change in mountains. 

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) is looking for examples and stories that show how mountains’ vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather events is impacting people’s livelihoods, putting natural resources under increasing pressure and modifying farming practices. We would also like to hear from you about solutions, adaptation techniques and opportunities that can increase the resilience of mountain peoples. The MPS will collect these stories for the International Mountain Day 2018 communication campaign. 

Contributions should not be longer than 150 words and tell the personal stories of mountain communities. Feel free to provide your contribution in English, French or Spanish. We will edit the text and share with you the final version. Please email them to Sara Manuelli at by the 19 October.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance.

Kind regards,

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat

#MountainsMatter photo contest

Why do mountains matter to you?

Dear all,

It’s International Mountain Day on 11 December, and the theme this year is #MountainsMatter. We’re asking people to send photos ahead of the day that show why mountains matter to them for the #MountainsMatter photo contest. The deadline to enter is 15 November 2018.

Watch the photo contest teaser

We would appreciate your help in spreading the word through your networks. Please find some suggested tweets below as well as a link to social media visuals in English, French and Spanish:

Show us why mountains are vital to you! Enter the #MountainsMatter photo contest!

§  Why do mountains matter to you? Take a photo that shows why mountains are vital and enter the #MountainsMatter photo contest!

§        #didyouknow? 13% of the world’s population lives in mountains! Take a photo of your mountain community and enter the #MountainsMatter photo contest!   

§        Help promote mountains and the many goods and services they provide! Enter the #MountainsMatter photo contest!

§        #MountainsMatter and provide about 70% of all freshwater resources! Show us why mountains matter to you!

Thank you for your support!

Manuelli, Sara (FOA)

About the events dedicated to the International Mountain Day - 2017

Round table in the Altai State University, dedicated to the International Mountain Day

December 11 2017


The Altai State University hosted a round table, dedicated to the International Day of Mountains. The event was organized by the Faculty of Geography of the Altai State University and the Altai regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS), and was attended by students and teachers of the University.

Upon the results of the expeditions of 2017, reports have been made, devoted to the study of mountain regions and problems of their sustainable development and conservation of natural and cultural heritage.

Altai State University

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The event in the Russian Geographical Society (RGO) dedicated to the International Day of the Mountains

Altai Belovodie. The Bukhtarma Valley. Photo: E.M. Yurchenkov

Date of the event: December 11, 2017 - 15:00.

Location: Moscow Lecture Hall

Address: New Square, 10, p. 2

The Russian Geographical Society, the RGO Commission for Tourism Development, the Permanent Environmental Protection Commission of the Russian Geographical Society and the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold a meeting dedicated to the International Mountain Day 2017.

Theme of the meeting: 'The Year of Ecology of Russia. Development of cognitive tourism and preservation of natural and cultural heritage in mountain biosphere reserves.

Entrance by invitation.

Everyone can watch the online broadcast of the meeting. The broadcast starts on December 11 at 15:00.


 At the end of the meeting, the video will be posted in the 'Video' section. 

The event at the UN Headquarters in New York, dedicated to the International Mountain Day


H.E. Mirgul Moldoisaeva,

Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan

H.E. Jan Kickert,

Permanent Representative of Austria

H.R. Gustavo Meza Cuadra,

Permanent Representative of Peru



H.E. Markus Reiterer,

Ambassador, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention

Dr. Benjamin Orlove,

Columbia University New York, Co-director of the Center

for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED)

Ms. Carla Mucavi,

Director of FAO Liaison Office in New York


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (TBC)

Ms. Madina Karabaeva


The program of the event at the Headquarters of the United Nations (UN) (New York).
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International Mountain Day and the Global Meeting of the 'Mountain Partnership'


International Mountain Day (IMD) is held every year on 11 December and celebrated all over the world. As the lead coordinating agency for the preparation of this United Nations international day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) works with the decentralized offices, governments and civil society in many countries to organize events that raise awareness about the relevance of mountains for sustainable development. Events to mark the celebrations include, conferences, fairs, literature festivals, hikes and photo exhibitions among others.

International Mountain Day is a chance to reflect upon the plight of mountain peoples, among the hungriest of the world, and the role that mountains play in the sustainable development of our planet. The theme of this year’s IMD celebration, "Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration", aims to raise awareness about how the effects of climate change will impact food security and migration patterns in mountains.

This year, the theme of climate, hunger and migration is also linked to the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, to be held on 11-13 December at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Coinciding with IMD and the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership, the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting will raise awareness of the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the centre of international negotiations, policies and investments.

The Global Meeting will launch a Framework for Action to support concrete actions, put in place long-lasting processes and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments. It will also aim to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Six side events will take place on the side lines of the Global Meeting, covering topics ranging from education and its role in sustainable mountain development, to science and research for evidence-informed policy and action on the ground. The new FAO publication Watershed Management in Action will be launched during the side event on understanding landscape and watershed management in mountains. On 13 December, Mountain Partnership members and non-members will participate in a dynamic “Speed Geeking” session, presenting their projects and programmes on mountains to a diverse audience of high-level representatives from mountainous countries, goodwill ambassadors, and representatives intergovernmental organizations, private sector and civil society.

The IMD celebration will continue in the Atrium from 11 to 20 December with three exhibitions taking centre stage. The first photographic exhibition by photographer, climber and philanthropist Jake Norton of Mountain World Productions will showcase breathtakingly stunning mountain landscapes from around the world as well as profile the rich cultural heritages of mountain peoples. A second photographic exhibition, “High in the Mountains” by the Russian Geographical Society will feature award-winning photographs of mountains from Russia. Last but not least the flagship Mountain Partnership Products Initiative implemented jointly by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Slow Food will display 14 products - including chamomile tea, pink rice, purple rice, golden berry jam, blueberry jam, maca Andina, silk and felt scarves, and coffee - grown and transformed in mountain regions around the world.


Two two-day training workshops, on the Mountain Green Cover Index* and on Ecosystem-based Adaptation**, will immediately follow the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting on 14-15 December 2017.

The "Mountain Partnership website" - "News") ...


* - "Mountain Green Cover Index" presents the "Collect Earth" program, a convenient and free open source software, developed by the FAO Department of Forestry. "Collect Earth" allows monitoring of Earth through visual interpretation of freely available satellite images. The system is based on Google capacities such as Google Earth, Earth Engine and the available Landsat and other images with very high resolution.


** - introduction of the "Ecosystem-based Adaptation" program into the development planning. The program ensures the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the framework of the general strategy of adaptation to climate change. It also enhances the protection of people facing the threat of climate change, which is especially important for poor people in developing countries, whose livelihoods are closely linked to natural resources. Proposals for "Ecosystem-based Adaptation" include economic, social and environmental benefits as well as opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

On 11 December 2017, the International mountain day, the headquarters of the Mountain partnership in Rome (FAO) will host a global meeting of the Mountain Partnership (Conference), devoted to the 15th anniversary of creation of the Mountain partnership, an Alliance of mountain countries and organizations, established in 2003 to consolidate efforts in support of mountain regions of the world and their sustainable development. It will be held at the highest level and involve heads of several mountain countries, politicians, scientists, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations. The main topic of the meeting will be "Mountains under pressure". The focus will be on key development problems of mountain regions of the world and the Plan of action for their sustainable development.

On this day, in all mountain countries and regions of the world meetings and conferences will be held, devoted to the problems of development of mountain regions and mountain communities at national, regional and local levels.

In this regard, on 14 November, the MAB-6 Mountain group of the Institute of Geography of RAS holds a Mountain seminar, the program of which is attached. On 11 December, the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society will host a meeting, dedicated to the International Day of Mountains 2017. It will be attended by heads and staff of representative offices of the mountain constituent entities of the Russian Federation, scientists, and representatives of public organizations.

As far as we know, similar meetings will be held in all the mountain regions of Russia, including North Caucasus.

The summary the past events, held in Russia and devoted to the International Day of Mountains 2017, will be forwarded to the website of the Mountain partnership (FAO). Mountain regions of Russia should be present in the Mountain Agenda 2030 and need be heard at the Summit of the Mountain partnership in Rome on 11 December 2017!

Yu. P. Badenkov,

on behalf of MAB-6 Mountain group / IG RAS

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