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UN declares 2022 as International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development

At the initiative of the President of Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations has declared 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan reported.

The corresponding resolution was adopted on December 16, 2021 at the plenary meeting of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. Sadyr Japarov voiced the idea at the General Debate of the UN General Assembly in September 2021. It was proposed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the First Global Bishkek Mountain Summit in 2002.

«The resolution invites member states, UN organizations, other international organizations and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector and academia to mark the International Year appropriately in order to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable mountain development, as well as the conservation and use of mountain ecosystems,» the Foreign Ministry said.

This is already the third resolution in 2021 dedicated to the sustainable development of mountain regions and adopted at the initiative of Kyrgyzstan. The first resolution entitled «Nature knows no borders» was approved on April 16 within the framework of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, the second — «Strengthening monitoring and research of mountain glaciers» — on November 23 within the framework of the 41st session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

«The resolution on the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development was adopted unanimously by all UN member states. Moreover, 93 states have co-sponsored this document. As part of the implementation of the document, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will promote over the next year the initiative of Kyrgyzstan for the adoption by the United Nations of the document «Five Years of Action for the Development of Mountain Regions for the period 2023-2027»,» the statement says.