International Mountain Day takes place on Sunday 11 December. This occasion was designated in 2003 by the United Nations General Assembly and has been observed on 11 December each and every year since. Its primary goal is to raise 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.’ This year’s theme focuses on Mountain Cultures, which presents an opportune moment for us to reflect on our own culture as mountaineers in the context of current issues facing the mountain environment, the daily challenges faced by mountain people – notably those living in developing countries and often treated as invisible – together with the commitment of the UIAA in the field of mountain sustainability and that of its global constellation of member federations.

The UIAA, its member federations and Mountain Protection Commission have produced, and contributed to, a series of articles to mark International Mountain Day.

Articles. UIAA & International Mountain Day

Read: UIAA & Mountain Sustainability. At the forefront of mountain protection.

Read: UIAA Member Federations. A global message.

Read: UIAA & Respect the Mountains Series 2016. Tackling the waste issue.

Read: UIAA & Mountain Protection Award. Promoting and rewarding good practices.

Read: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ‘Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions. Sources and Solutions’. Produced with the support of the UIAA.

To come: Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Report from Conference on Climate Change, Tourism and Earthquake Recovery.

Read: Publication by UIAA Mountain Protection Commission Member Rodney Garrard (and co-authors). Land Use and Land Cover Change Explored in Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park, Nepal