International Mountain Day: 11 December 2019

Wed 11/12/19

International Mountain Day has its roots in 1992, when the adoption of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 “Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development” at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development put a milestone in the history of mountain development. The increasing attention to the importance of mountains led the UN General Assembly to declare 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains. On this occasion, the UN General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day.

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world.

International Mountain Day 2018, with the theme of “Mountains Matter”, was an occasion to create a large social movement that could bring mountain issues on the tables of politicians. Through a global campaign, a social media strategy and events around the world, FAO told the world that the current neglect of mountains and mountain peoples must stop.

The theme for International Mountain Day 2019 has not yet been announced. This page will be updated once more details have been released.


For more information, please visit the FAO website