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International Mountain Day 2019 is About Youth

The United Nations International Mountain Day first took place in 2003

The International Mountain Day 2019 theme is: Mountains Matter for Youth. The day is a chance to highlight that for rural youth, living in the mountains can be hard. “Migration from the mountains leads to abandoned agriculture, land degradation and a loss of ancient cultural traditions,” notes the United Nations.

“Education and training, market access, diverse employment opportunities and good public services can ensure a brighter future for young people in the mountains.”

This year, youth will take the lead and demand that mountains and mountain peoples become central in the national and international development agendas; receive more attention, investments and tailored research.

Time magazine announced on International Mountain Day that Greta Thunberg was the Time’s 2019 Person of the Year. She’s the youngest person to receive the honour in nearly 100 years.


International Mountain Day has its roots in the document Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development, adopted in 1992 as part of the action plan Agenda 21 of the Conference on Environment and Development.

The increasing attention to the importance of mountains led the UN declare to 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains. The first international day was celebrated for the first time the following year, 2003.

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