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UVU intern attends discussion on Sustainable Mountain Development at United Nations

12 May 2016 No Comment

For Immediate Release

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

Yanko Dzhukev, the first Utah Valley University intern at the United Nations Secretariat, Office of Legal Affairs, joined diplomats at UN headquarters in New York on May 6 to discuss efforts to address the rising rate of food insecurity and malnutrition in the mountainous areas of developing countries. Dzhukev is a member of the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of student clubs at UVU.

The event with the United Nations was organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi and Peru to the UN, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office in New York and Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) to discuss the findings of a study titled “Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity.”

The study revealed that while food insecurity has decreased at a global level, vulnerability to food insecurity in rural mountainous areas of developing countries increased to one in every two people from 2000 to 2012.

Dzhukev indicated that UVU is fully dedicated to continuing the tradition of advocating for sustainable mountain development and is ready to proceed with laying a foundation for the post 2015-development agenda, also known as the 2030 Development Agenda of the United Nations. In addition he said the study highlights the current situation in the mountains and it is important to show the world the significance of the mountain regions and from the developing countries in particular.

UVU, as a Mountain Partnership member, was the only educational institution that attended the event. The discussion was also attended by dignitaries such as the Mountain Partnership Ambassador Jake Norton, who made a statement on behalf of mountain peoples around the world.

“If we want a healthy earth, we have to have healthy mountains, and to have healthy mountains, we must have healthy mountain communities,” Norton said.

The 2030 Development Agenda pledges to leave no one behind and stresses the importance of reaching those furthest behind first. Among the groups that require special attention are mountain peoples.

In addition the Mountain Partnership Secretariat announced the launch of a Mountain Facility, or funding mechanism, to address the rising threat of hunger in the mountain areas of developing countries. The new Mountain Facility has the goal to help empower vulnerable mountain communities, increase their food security and eradicate poverty.

The Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN invited all partners to contribute to the facility.

“Italy welcomes FAO’s initiative to launch a Mountain Facility as a new funding mechanism, linked to the Mountain Partnership, to address food security crises in mountain regions,” said Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, who noted that Italy is one of the founding parties of the Mountain Partnership and a major donor.

In addition, H.E. Ambassador Mirgul Moldoisaeva, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN, acknowledged the extraordinary work that the Mountain Partnership has accomplished.

“Global alliances such as the Mountain Partnership allow us to create an effective global platform for poverty alleviation and food security in support of our national efforts,” he said.

Kyrgyz Republic has been active not only on a local level but also globally in investing in institutional capacity, food security and resilience building.

UVU has been a member of the Mountain Partnership since 2006 with a long-lasting mission to raise awareness, mobilize support from institutions within the U.S. mountain states and global mountain entities, and assist in the sustainable development of the mountain communities of the world.

The report may be viewed at mountainpartnership.org/publications/publication-detail/en/c/357944/

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Yanko Dzhuke

Yanko Dzhukev

 

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