International Mountain Day
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The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “International Mountain Day”. As of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

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International Mountain Day in the news

Celebrating IMD 2019 with mountain art in India

The Nilgiri Documentation Centre in India held an International Mountain Day painting class in which indigenous artist Gokul Gowder taught youth how to paint mountain landscapes.

Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention of Biological Diversity makes statement about IMD 2019

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ms Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, provided a statement on the occasion of International Mountain Day 2019. She writes, "On this International Mountain Day, and in honour of its theme 'Mountains matter for youth,' let us work to empower youth to protect these essential mountain ecosystems. Let [...]