2022: International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development

More needs to be done to increase awareness of the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity.

The prevalence of poverty, food insecurity, social exclusion, environmental degradation and exposure to the risk of disasters is still increasing in mountain regions, particularly in developing countries. Access to safe and affordable drinking water and basic sanitation as well as to sustainable modern energy services continues to be limited in some mountain regions.

The International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development was proposed by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, sponsored by 94 governments and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2021. It aims to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development and the need to preserve mountain ecosystems.

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