International Mountain Day 2013, Proposed theme: Mountains – Key to a Global Green Economy
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. FAO is the U.N. Organization mandated to lead the observance of International Mountain Day each year.
In the follow-up to Rio +20 we would like to continue underlining how the benefits derived from mountain regions are essential for sustainable development. Yet while mountain goods and services are vital to achieve “green growth”, there are growing threats to their sustainable supply.
In this context, we would like to propose, Mountains: Key to a Global Green Economy as this year’s International Mountain Day theme. The focus would be on celebrating how mountains are crucial in moving the world towards a greener economy and on drawing attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models and to their potential as areas of green investment.
We believe this theme could help in raising awareness on why mountains matter for a green economy and global sustainable development, and how the new opportunities should bring benefits to highland and lowland communities rather than contribute to the degradation of mountain socio-ecosystems.
Additional ideas about other themes are welcome; please feel free to send us your suggestions and we will take these into consideration. As always, members and countries are free to focus on other issues that might be more relevant to their priorities.
In the coming months, we will be preparing communication materials in all the 6 UN languages which will be posted on our website and distributed. We will also shortly issue a call for entries for any contributions you might want to make to these materials.
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