UIMF Advocates Sustainable Mountain Development Goals During UNA-USA-Conference Call

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UIMF promotes Mountain Sustainable Agenda during

UNA-USA Conference Call

On January 15, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) hosted a conference call on Action/2015 and the Post-2015 Agenda. (see more: http://unausa.org/calendar/event/una-usa-nationwide-conference-call-on-action-2015-and-the-post-2015-agenda). During 70 years, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) has dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations (see more: www.unausa.org.)

The conference call speakers were Robert Skinner Executive Director, New York Office, United Nations Foundation and John W. McArthur Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation. Both speakers shared their thoughts about the importance of the 2015 sustainable development goals agenda and what are main points and challenges for it. They emphasized that this time there is more participation of youth and local communities on helping out to shape this agenda at all levels. Among the challenges both experts underlined the fact that the agenda right now has too many items which may have to be narrowed, in order to be effective. And again they both highlighted the role that youth plays in helping to shape this agenda at all levels.

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Jesler Molina During Conference Call

As a member of UNA-USA since 2013 and as a President of Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University (UVU) I participated and spoke during the conference call. During Q&A I highlighted UVU and UIMF efforts to promote the sustainable mountain development indicators among post 2015 SDGs both in Utah and globally. We were able to participate at the United Nations Open Working Groups sessions and to contribute to their agendas. I also agreed with both speakers about the importance of involvement local communities, and students in advocacy of SDGs, and highlighted the importance to involve even high school students in that process as well, something that UIMF is already does through hosting annual essay contest competitions on different topics of the U.N. agendas since 2011 (see more: http://utahimf.org/call-for-papers-for-the-fifth-annual-utah-high-school-essay-contest/)

Finally, I mentioned about desire from UIMF to partner with UNA-USA and to have their representation at the 4th Women of the Mountain conference, which will be held at UVU from October 7 to the 9 of this year (see more: http://womenofthemountains.org/index.php/2015-utah-usa). As a follow up to our conversation, a UIMF delegation, comprised from myself; Andrew Allen, Vice President UIMF, Utah Valley University; Dr. David Connelly, Chair, History and Political Science Department, Utah Valley University; Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev, Lecturer, History and Political Science Department, Utah Valley University; and Jared Reni, UIMF Outreach Coordinator, Utah Valley University, will have a meeting on February 2, 2015 at UNA-USA headquarters in DC.

This was another effort from the Utah International Mountain Forum to advocate the promotion of the mountain sustainable development among SDGs in post-2015 agenda.

Jesler Molina, President, UIMF