International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day, held each year on 11 December, was established by the UN General Assembly in 2003. The UN encourages events to be organized at all levels that day on behalf of sustainable development in mountains.

As the provider of most of the world’s freshwater, harbor a rich variety of plants and animals, mountains are so crucial for the life but under the threat of environmental degradation, the consequences of climate change, exploitative mining, armed conflict etc…

This year, the theme for IMD will be “Mountains – Key to a Sustainable Future”. As you can also find on the website of FAO, it is said that the theme will be focus on celebrating how mountains are crucial in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth in the context of poverty eradication, and on drawing attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models.

As the Architecture of Life, we would like to celebrate this very special day of ours. Here are the highest peaks of our beautiful mother Earth.
Good day to you all!

1-Mount Everest – 8,848 m – Mahalangur, Himalaya
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2-K2 – 8,611 m – Baltoro, Karakoram
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3-Kangchenjunga – 8,586 – Kangchenjunga, Himalaya
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4-Lhotse – 8,516 m- Mahalangur, Himalaya
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5-Makalu – 8,485 – Mahalangur, Himalaya
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6-Cho Oyu – 8,188 m – Mahalangur, Himalaya
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7-Dhaulagiri I – 8,167 m – Dhaulagiri, Himalaya
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8-Manaslu – 8,163 m – Manaslu, Himalaya
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9-Nanga Parbat – 8,126 m – Nanga Parbat, Himalaya
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10-Annapurna I – 8,091 m – Annapurna, Himalaya
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11-Gasherbrum I – 8,080 m – Baltoro, Karakoram
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12-Broad Peak – 8,051m – Baltoro, Karakoram
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13-Gasherbrum II – 8,034 m – Baltoro, Karakoram
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14-Shishapangma – 8027 m – Jugal, Himalaya
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Photos: Wikipedia
Cover: Kackar Mountain from North. Rize, Turkey

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