The International Mountain Day (IMD) is celebrated annually on 11 December

Dear Friends,

The International Mountain Day (IMD) is celebrated annually on 11 December to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

The theme for this year’s IMD is “Mountain biodiversity”. Mountains are storehouses of global biodiversity. Half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are concentrated in mountains, and four of those hotspots lie in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. This IMD, we celebrate the rich biodiversity in mountains and call attention to the threats it faces.

This year, we will be organizing a week-long event – a “week for mountains” – to celebrate this important day by organizing various programmes in-house and in our country offices.

Visit for more information and register for the events of your interest.

Join us and help #ProtectThePulse

We look forward to seeing you online soon.

Best regards,
ICIMOD IMD 2020 Team



Date Programme
10 Dec
16:00–17:40 NPT (UTC+05:45) 


Achieving food and nutrition security in the Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape

Organized by: Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative, ICIMOD, and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

The webinar aims highlight the dynamics of food systems and related challenges and opportunities, and to suggest a way forward to ensure food and nutrition security in the landscape. It will feature experts with diverse experiences in food and nutrition security in the HKPL and similar landscapes in other regions.

Read more and register | Download flyer.

11 Dec
10:00–12:00 NPT (UTC+05:45)


Reflecting on achievements and challenges: Biodiversity and the HKH mountains

Organized by: ICIMOD Keynote speaker: Eklabya Sharma, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD

Announcement of the winners – ICIMOD Mountain Prize 2020

Announcement of the winners – Bam-e-Dunya photo contest 2020

Launch of online photo exhibition (Bam-e-Dunya Photo Contest 2020)

11 Dec
15:00–15:30 (CET)


Accelerating action for mountains

Organized by: Mountain Partnerships, FAO

ICIMOD’s Sunita Chaudhary will be speaking on local knowledge and mountain biodiversity in the HKH.

Read more.

9–11 Dec
08:00–12:30 (GMT-5)

First World Virtual High Mountain Summit in Colombia: Monitoring systems of high mountain forest, páramos, and glaciers

Organized by: Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies of Colombia (IDEAM)

ICIMOD’s Nakul Chhetri and Mandira Shrestha will participate and contribute.

11 Dec
11:00–13:00 (Eastern Time, US and Canada)


Role of transboundary cooperation in mountain biodiversity restoration and preservation as important contribution to sustainable development and struggle against COVID-19

Organized by: The Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN, on behalf of the Group of Friends of Mountainous Countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the UN Environment Programme.

ICIMOD’s Basanta Shrestha will speak as a panelist.

11 Dec
15:00–16:30 Indian Standard Time (IST)

Sustainable Mountain Development Summit IX

Emerging pathways for building a resilient post Covid-19 mountain economy: Adaptation, innovation, and acceleration

Organized by: Integrated Mountain Initiative, Sustainable Development Forum Uttaranchal

Eklabya Sharma, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD, will speak at this event as a special guest.

Read more.

14 Dec
15:00–17:00 NPT (UTC+05:45)


Understanding wellbeing in the HKH mountains

Organized by: ICIMOD

To understand and improve the wellbeing of people in HKH, this webinar intends to share findings and further refine the HKH Wellbeing Assessment framework. Participants will share experiences and knowledge pertaining to wellbeing in the HKH countries.

Read more | Download flyer.

17 Dec
15:00–17:00 NPT (UTC+05:45)


Climate action in the HKH and the road to Glasgow COP26

Organized by: ICIMOD and FCDO Nepal, Adaptation without Borders

The webinar intends to bring together experts and climate focal persons to UNFCCC from the HKH and beyond and facilitate discussions and presentations on climate impacts, summary of climate targets, and strategies on COVID recovery.

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