UIMF to Advocate for Mountain Women at the 68th UN Civil Society Conference

On May 15, 2019, the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University (UVU), received approval from the United Nations (UN) to host three workshops during the 2019 UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah which will be held on August 26-28, 2019.

The workshops will highlight how UVU’s successful student engaged learning model empowers all learners, including non-traditional students, to advocate for mountain women and girls under the UN 2030 Development Agenda, as well as to address issues of sustainable development within their own communities.

The first workshop is titled “Implementation of Mountain Targets through Student Engaged Learning in North American and Globally” and it will feature presentations by Dr. Ross E. Butler, main representative at the UN of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, an NGO in general consultative status with ECOSOC; Mr. Kurmanbek Diykanbaev, special representative of the President to the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic; and Dr. Sara Ulloa, Chair of the Department of languages at Utah Valley University.

The speakers will highlight how Utah Valley University developed a co-curricular student engaged learning model to advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Mountain Development Agenda since 2007 and implementation of mountain targets since 2016 in the state of Utah and such mountain countries as Kyrgyzstan and Peru.


Dr. Butler 

    Mr. Dyikanbaev 

    Dr. Ulloa

The second workshop is titled “Utah International Mountain Forum Leaders on promoting mountain targets through student engaged learning since 2011.” It will feature presentations by John McClure, who was the first President of UIMF during 2011-2012; Tony Medina, who served the UIMF in several capacities during his tenure with the organizations (2014-2016), including, VP of Protocol and Logistics, and President; and Jesler Molina who was the President of the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) during 2013-2015. The speakers of UIMF throughout the years will discuss the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 by UIMF in interaction with mountain targets during 2011-2015.


Mr. McClure     

Mr. Medina 

Mr. Molina

The third workshop is titled “Student Engaged Learning to Advocate for Mountain Women and Targets at UN ECOSOC forums,” and wiil feature presentations by William Gum, Megan Davis, myself, as members of UIMF delegation to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2019.


Mr. Hinatsu     

Mr. Gum Causey

The UN civil Society Conference will provide UIMF members a great opportunity not only to advocate for the mountain targets,  women and communities, but to include a relevant language in the final document of the forum.

Michael Hinatsu, UIMF Vice President