Celebrating International Mountain Day 2013 – 11 December


Celebrating International Mountain Day 

"Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future"

International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.

Mountains are crucial to life. Whether we live at sea level or the highest elevations, we are connected to mountains and affected by them in more ways than we can imagine. Mountains provide most of the world's freshwater, harbour a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to one in ten people. Yet, each day, environmental degradation, the consequences of climate change, exploitative mining, armed conflict, poverty and hunger threaten the extraordinary web of life that the mountains support.

This year, the theme for IMD will be "Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future". The focus will be on celebrating how mountains are crucial in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth in the context of poverty eradication, and on drawing attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. We believe this theme will help in raising awareness on how new opportunities can bring benefits to highland and lowland communities without contributing to the degradation of mountain socio-ecosystems. In particular, within the follow-up to Rio +20 and the ongoing process on sustainable development goals, we would like to continue underlining how the goods and services deriving from mountain regions are essential for sustainable development.


At the Headquarters, Nepal

  • Message from the Director General

  • Exhibition, Climate+Change: A regional dialogue on the future, 11 December 2013

  • Climate+Change: A regional dialogue on the future is a science and education exhibition in Kathmandu, Nepal - an exhibition of human ingenuity and adaptation across the most spectacular landscape in the world. Climate+Change is a forum for awareness and dialogue about change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region among members of the public, including farmers and businessmen, students and teachers, scientists and policy makers.
    It will be launched on 11 December Tuesday and through Sunday, 13 April 2014 at the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
    Entrance: free 

    Press Conference: 11 December, 4:00-5:00 pm, Nepal Art Council 
  • ICIMOD Mountain Film Award,  Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF)
    To mark the 30th Anniversary of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and to support film makers from its member countries of Afghanistan,  Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan; a best ICIMOD Mountain Film Award will be awarded at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF), 11-15 December 2013.

Regional Level activities

  • Activities in China
    The CNICIMOD Committee Secretariat in Chengdu, China will be organizing the Workshop on Mountain Development in the Yangtze River Basin – International Mountain Day 2013 

  • Activities in Bangladesh
    Bangladesh will be celebrating International Mountain Day 2013 for the first time. Several activities are being organized by the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs, Dhaka, Bangladesh and FAO Country Office. Events include Rally, Seminar “Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future" and a Photographic Exhibition, “Mountains and People”.
    Message from Director General

  • Activities in Pakistan 
    International Mountain Day is celebrated by organizing one day “Mountain Festival”, where a number of organizations, youth groups working in mountainous regions of Pakistan are invited to showcase their work, products, publications, case studies, and research work. There will be a formal opening of the event, a folk cultural show, activities by school children and a day-long exhibition. This event aims to explore and assess the country’s progress on achieving sustainability.