World celebrate International Mountain Day today

11 Dec, 2015 9:51 am

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Countries around the world including Pakistan celebrate International Mountain Day on Friday (today), in order to raise awareness on issues relating to mountains.

International Mountain Day has a particular theme each year. This year’s theme is “Promoting Mountain Products”. The theme of the day is to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life.

The day is observed every year to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

The International Year of Mountains was held in 2002, and was launched at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York on December 11, 2001. The leading agency was the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The aim was to raise awareness and trigger action on issues relating to sustainable mountain development.

The UN designated December 11 as International Mountain Day, and encouraged the international community to organize events every year to highlight the importance of mountains. Each year has a particular theme. Previous themes have focused on freshwater, peace, biodiversity or climate change.

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