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UVU club coalition receives international recognition

3 November 2015 No Comment

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu

Written by: Alex Sousa |  801-863-8208 | ASousa@uvu.edu

The Utah International Mountain Forum, a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University, received the Mountain Partnership Star, an honor bestowed by the Mountain Partnership, an organization dedicated to helping mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments.

“The UIMF is proud of the recognition from the Mountain Partnership,” said Jenny Starley, press secretary for UIMF. “Our coalition was able to achieve this success in advocacy of the mountain cause thanks to the support from our faculty and to the engaged learning approach at UVU.”

The Morning Partnership operates as a voluntary alliance with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and recognized the UIMF for “outstanding services towards improving the quality of life and sustaining healthy environments in the world’s mountain regions.”

The UIMF was created with the primary goal of promoting the sustainable mountain development agenda of the United Nations in 2011 when UVU was able to host the Second International Women of the Mountains in Orem. Last month, UVU hosted the Fourth International Women of the Mountains. More than 1,000 attended, including officials from the U.S. State Department, UNWomen, Mountain Partnership, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The World Bank, and ambassadors of various mountain nations.

Beginning in 2013, the UIMF promoted the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and presented at the UN’s Open Working Group. They also made substantial contributions to “Keep Mountains Among SDGs,” a social media campaign that took place during the open working group sessions.

The UIMF also hosts an annual commemoration of the International Mountain Day, which was established by the UN on Dec. 11, 2013. The UIMF has used the event to raise awareness about the SMD agenda among UVU students, faculty, and staff, as well as the local community.

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