Our Mission: Everything Mountaineering!

Poster from the founding 1932 meeting in Chamonix, France (Photo: Supplied by Claude Eckhardt)

Overview

The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has a global presence on five continents with 80 member associations in 50 countries representing about 2.5 million people. The organization's mission is to promote the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide, advance safe and ethical mountain practices and promote responsible access, culture and environmental protection.

The organization operates through the work of its commissions which make recommendations, set policy and advocate on behalf of the mountaineering community.

The UIAA is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the international federation representing mountaineering and climbing and aims to have ice climbing accepted as an Olympic competition sport. Therefore we are committed to Olympic values and to creating a better world through sports.

The Articles of Association (AoA) define the purpose of the UIAA and the principles our activities are based on. They explain the rights and responsibilities of our member associations and describe the powers and duties of our organisational bodies: the General Assembly, Management Committee, Executive Board, Auditors, Court and Commissions.

The articles were revised in the General Assembly, 13th October 2012, which took place Amsterdam, Netherlands and came into effect on January 1, 2013.

Who we are

The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) brings together millions of men, women and children joined by their passion for mountains.

Our Mission Statement

The UIAA promotes the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide by:

  • preserving their spirit and traditions
  • advancing safe and ethical mountain practices
  • promoting responsible access, culture and environmental protection
  • supporting youth participation and the Olympic movement

Our activities

The UIAA fulfils its Mission Statement mainly through the work of its commissions, which make recommendations, set policy and advocate on behalf of the mountaineering community.