Pre-conference Day: International Mountain Day Monday, 11 December 2023 | 3 PM - 5 PM (GMT+8 Kuala Lumpur) Theme: Restoring Mountain Ecosystems Topic: Mountains and Humanity Why Celebrate International Mountain Day? International
Pre-conference Day: International Mountain Day
Monday, 11 December 2023 | 3 PM – 5 PM (GMT+8 Kuala Lumpur)
Theme: Restoring Mountain Ecosystems
Topic: Mountains and Humanity
Why Celebrate International Mountain Day?
International Mountain Day is celebrated with the aim to raise awareness about the relevance of mountain ecosystems and call for nature-based solutions, best practices and investments that build resilience, reduce vulnerability and increase the ability of mountains to adapt to daily threats and extreme climatic events.
Mountains are natural jewels we should treasure. They are home to 15% of the world´s population and host about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. They provide freshwater for everyday life to half of humanity, helping to sustain agriculture and supply clean energy and medicines.
International Mountain Day is observed annually on December 11th. This day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about the importance of mountains and to highlight the challenges they face. The first International Mountain Day was celebrated in 2003.
Mountains cover about 22% of the Earth’s land surface and are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. They provide essential resources such as freshwater, energy, and agricultural products for a significant portion of the global population. Additionally, mountains are often culturally significant, serving as sources of inspiration, spiritual beliefs, and unique ecosystems.
The primary objectives of International Mountain Day include promoting sustainable mountain development, conserving mountain biodiversity, and addressing the specific needs of mountain communities. The day also aims to recognize the role of mountains in providing key ecosystem services, including water, food, and recreation.
By celebrating International Mountain Day, the global community aims to foster a greater understanding of the significance of mountains and promote actions that contribute to their sustainable development and conservation.
Moderator: Tan Sri Mazlan Othman
Speaker 1: Rob Marchant, MRI Senior Leadership Council Member
Speaker 2: Mr Khafiz Bachok, Mountaineer
Speaker 3: Dr Dhananjaya Regmi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board