International Mountain Day 2020
International Mountain Day is celebrated every year on December 11. The day aims to promote sustainable development in the mountains. The day was announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003.
The day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of mountains to life, to highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.
International Mountain Day 2020 theme
The theme of International Mountain Day 2020 is the biodiversity of mountains. Their goal is to celebrate the rich biodiversity of the mountains and also address the threats they face.
Celebrate International Mountain Day by joining the conversation on social media with the hashtag #MountainsMatter.
Importance of mountains
About 15 percent of the world’s population lives in mountains. Half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are in mountains. They are the source of fresh water for the daily life of half the human population. Its conservation is a key factor for sustainable development and is part of Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjold
“Every top of a mountain is within reach if you keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay
“It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
“Getting to the top is optional. Going down is mandatory.” – Ed Viesturs
“Only if you have been to the deepest valley, will you know how magnificent it is to be in the highest mountain.” – Richard M. Nixon