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Mountain Biodiversity Matters – IMD 2020 virtual event


The celebrations

International Mountain Day (IMD) 2020 saw virtual and physically distanced events taking place across the world, with activities aiming at increasing attention to the rich biodiversity in mountains, its importance to highland and lowland peoples alike, and the threats it faces.

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat hosted a virtual celebration on 11 December on Zoom. Highlighting the work that many Mountain Partnership members are doing around the world, the event featured a high-level segment, a session on collaborative actions and programmes, and a round table featuring the Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassadors. A new MP Ambassador was also announced.

Mountain Biodiversity Matters

11 December 2020, 14:30 –16:15 CET
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Mira Rai

Nepalese trail runner and sky runner Mira Rai was appointed a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador during the virtual International Mountain Day celebrations on Friday, 11 December 2020. She is the winner of 2017 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and is the founder of Mira Rai Initiative, a platform to empower trail runners in Nepal, especially female, and promote trail running as the mainstream adventure sport in Nepal. This initiative aims to give young female athletes an opportunity to chase their dreams and defy the challenges that hold them back. Mira Rai Initiative has been working with the Hong Kong Trail Running group since 2018 to run an Exchange and Empower programme that aims to provide young talented female runners the opportunity to focus on athletic training, education and their professional development.

The appointment of Mira Rai as Mountain Partnership Ambassador will help increase awareness of the vital importance of mountains. As a remarkable athlete, an avid advocate for gender equality and an emblem of positivity and possibility, Mira Rai’s story inspires us. Her appointment and her role provide opportunity to others, specifically young women from disadvantaged or underprivileged communities. Her work resonates with the mission of the Mountain Partnership, the UN voluntary alliance dedicated to improve the lives of mountain peoples – among the world's most vulnerable and marginalized – and to protect mountain environments around the world.

Learn more about Mira Rai.



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