The UN General Assembly declared 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains, and on this occasion, it designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day.
International Mountain Day 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 and most important is to pay respect to the mountains and promote the importance of the mountains and its ecology to mankind.
This year’s theme for International Mountain Day is Sustainable Mountain Tourism. According to the UN, mountain tourism attracts around 15-20 per cent of global tourism. Sustainable tourism in mountains can be seen as a contribution to creating additional and alternative livelihood options and promoting poverty alleviation.