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A week for mountains: Celebrating International Mountain Day 2020





Date & Time

10 December 2020 to 17 December 2020

International mountain day 2020


Celebrating mountain biodiversity

The International Mountain Day (IMD) is celebrated annually on 11 December 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.

The theme for this year’s IMD is “Mountain biodiversity”. Mountains are storehouses of global biodiversity. Half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are concentrated in mountains, and four of those hotspots lie in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. This IMD, we celebrate the rich biodiversity in mountains and call attention to the threats it faces.

ICIMOD will be organizing a week-long event – a “week for mountains” – to celebrate this important day by organizing various programmes in-house and in its country offices.

Week for mountains
Date Programme
10 Dec

16:00–17:40 NPT (UTC+05:45)


Achieving food and nutrition security in the Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape

Organized by: Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative, ICIMOD, and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

The webinar aims highlight the dynamics of food systems and related challenges and opportunities, and to suggest a way forward to ensure food and nutrition security in the landscape. It will feature experts with diverse experiences in food and nutrition security in the HKPL and similar landscapes in other regions.

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11 Dec Message from ICIMOD Director General
11 Dec Newspaper articles on the theme “Mountain Biodiversity”

Halting the loss of mountain biodiversity – The Kathmandu Post

पर्वत जोगाए आफ्नै कल्याण – Kantipur

“亚洲水塔”,生物多样性保护刻不容缓 – China Science Daily

Cooperate to save biodiversity in Hindu Kush Himalayas – The Third Pole

11 Dec

10:00–11:30 NPT (UTC+05:45)


Reflecting on achievements and challenges: Biodiversity and the HKH mountains

Organized by: ICIMOD

Keynote speaker: Eklabya Sharma, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD

Announcement of the winners – ICIMOD Mountain Prize 2020

Announcement of the winners – Bam-e-Dunya photo contest 2020

Launch of online photo exhibition (Bam-e-Dunya Photo Contest 2020)

11 Dec

15:00–15:30 (CET)


Accelerating action for mountains

Organized by: Mountain Partnerships, FAO

ICIMOD’s Nakul Chettri will be speaking on local knowledge and mountain biodiversity in the HKH.

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9–11 Dec

08:00–12:30 (GMT-5)

First World Virtual High Mountain Summit in Colombia: Monitoring systems of high mountain forest, páramos, and glaciers

Organized by: Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies of Colombia (IDEAM)

ICIMOD’s Nakul Chhetri and Mandira Shrestha will participate and contribute.

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11 Dec

11:00–13:00 (Eastern Time, US and Canada)


Role of transboundary cooperation in mountain biodiversity restoration and preservation as important contribution to sustainable development and struggle against COVID-19

Organized by: The Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN, on behalf of the Group of Friends of Mountainous Countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the UN Environment Programme.

ICIMOD’s Basanta Shrestha will speak as a panelist.

Read more | Read the statement.

11 Dec
10:30–12:30 (Indian Standard Time)

International webinar of RCEs of Asia-Pacific region

Organized by: Regional Centre of Expertise Kuching (RCE Kuching)

Besides creating awareness on mountains, this webinar will focus on disaster risk reduction and crisis management. The webinar will address issues of climate, hunger, gender, and poverty as well as SDG 15 (Life on Land), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 1 (No Poverty), and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger).

ICIMOD’s Director General, Pema Gyamtsho, will speak as a panelist.

11 Dec

14:00–15:15 (CET)


Climate change adaptation in mountain areas: What role is there for parliamentarians?

Co-hosted by: The Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Adaptation at Altitude programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Mountain areas are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts but do not receive adequate attention in international processes. During this webinar, international mountain experts and parliamentarians will present solutions and discuss potential ways forward to close these gaps.

The event will be hosted in English with translations offered in French, Spanish, and Russian.

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11 Dec

15:00–16:30 Indian Standard Time (IST)

Sustainable Mountain Development Summit IX

Emerging pathways for building a resilient post Covid-19 mountain economy: Adaptation, innovation, and acceleration

Organized by: Integrated Mountain Initiative, Sustainable Development Forum Uttaranchal

Eklabya Sharma, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD, will speak at this event as a special guest.

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14 Dec

15:00–17:00 NPT (UTC+05:45)


Understanding wellbeing in the HKH mountains

Organized by: ICIMOD

To understand and improve the wellbeing of people in HKH, this webinar intends to share findings and further refine the HKH Wellbeing Assessment framework. Participants will share experiences and knowledge pertaining to wellbeing in the HKH countries.

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17 Dec

15:00–17:00 NPT (UTC+05:45)

Climate action in the HKH and the road to Glasgow COP26

Co-organized by: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), British Embassy Kathmandu, and Adaptation Without Borders

The webinar will provide a platform for stakeholders from the HKH to discuss how regional collaboration can deliver ambitious climate action in the region. The dialogue will be one of the many technical and political dialogues planned in the run-up to COP26 in 2021.

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