International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day in United Nations in 2020
Aerial view of the Annapurna massif, Nepal. Image by Sergey Ashmarin

About International Mountain Day

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Dates of International Mountain Day
2022 United Nations Sunday, December 11thInternational Mountain Day
2021 United Nations Saturday, December 11thInternational Mountain Day
2020 United Nations Friday, December 11thInternational Mountain Day
2019 United Nations Wednesday, December 11thInternational Mountain Day
Mountains are home of the 15% of the world´s population and a quarter of the world’s land animals and plants.
International Mountain Day in other countries
International Mountain Day internationally

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.

  • Did you know? Mountains cover 27% of the Earth’s land surface.
  • Did you know? 6 of the 20 most important food crops originate in mountains.
  • Did you know? More than a half of humanity relies on mountain freshwater for everyday life.

Mountain Day in Japan

Since 2016, Japan has observed Mountain Day as a public holiday on August 11th to to provide “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains".

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