International Mountain Day 2018


Though mountains play a critical role in societal, ecological, spiritual, and economic vitality, their vulnerability to change is not often a topic of concern.

The 2018 United Nations International Mountain Day Theme “#MountainsMatter” was chosen to encourage a social movement that will allow key messages to be highlighted and brought to the attention of politicians and the public alike. Using ”#MountainsMatter” as a global communications theme to share how mountains matter to them will unite voices to call attention to the importance of mountains and the vulnerabilities and threats to these iconic monuments, its peoples, ecology, and habitats.

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”.
— The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Celebrating International Mountain Day Across Canada

In 2016 the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) and other community’s held the first International Day Celebrations in Canada. The purpose of the Festival is to celebrate mountain cultures, regions, and research thereby, bringing together mountain communities for International Mountain Day


The Canadian Mountain Network and International Mountain Day


In celebration of International Mountain Day (IMD) the Canadian Mountain Network works with partners on and off the University of Alberta campus to plan, coordinate, and/or encourage engagement in Mountain-related events including panel discussions, film screenings, book launches, and more. The CMN also looks to promote International Mountain Day Celebrations in communities across the country.

Submit your community or organization’s International Mountain Day Celebrations for the CMN’s Online Events Calendar.