Change the World Week

The Utah International Mountain Forum is pleased to announce “Change the World Week” starting March 18th and ending on March 22nd. The week will involve a variety of activities to educate the student body of some fantastic projects happening around the world all with the emphasis on sustainability. Each day will have theme; Monday is Food Day, Tuesday is the UVU Entrepreneurship Lecture Series features TIFIE Founder Robert Workman, Wednesday is Shelter Day and a shelter building competition will be sponsored by BareBones, Thursday will have a variety of activities involves sustainable power, and Friday will be the High School Essay contest where we will recognize High School students for their submitted essays on Water Sustainability.

UIMF will also have a booth located in the Science Center Atrium auctioning off a variety of donate products will all proceeds going to TIFIE’s “Light a Village” project.

Please come and support UIMF and the students of UVU!

UIMF Welcomes U.N. Ambassador from Macedonia

Ambassador Of Macedonia To The U.N. To Lecture At UVU

7 MARCH 2013

March 7, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

The Ambassador of Macedonia to the United Nations, H. E. Pajo Avirovikj, will lecture at Utah Valley University on Monday, March 18, at 10 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213b.

Avirovikj, whose remarks are entitled “Preventative Diplomacy as an Instrument for Peace: From Concept to Action,” is a guest of the university’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, the Center for Global & Intercultural Engagement, and Peace & Justice Studies.

“Peace is most definitely a process,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president of international affairs and diplomacy. “It is our privilege to be addressed by Ambassador Avirovikj and his remarks should provide unique insight and perspective to one possible avenue for implementing this process.”

The new permanent representative of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the U.N., Avirovikj recently presented his credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Until his appointment, Avirovikj was his country’s Ambassador to Israel prior to which he served as chargé d’affaires at the embassy. He also has served in Macedonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a minister counselor in his country’s embassy in Paris.

An award-winning author and journalist, Avirovikj studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris and holds a master’s degree in Oriental philology from the University of Belgrade in Serbia and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UIMF Welcomes U.N. Ambassador from India

Ambassador Of India To The UN To Speak At UVU


February 8, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Kaitlyn Tolman (801) 863-8208

The Ambassador of India to the United Nations, Hardeep Singh Puri, will lecture at Utah Valley University on Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. in the UVU Library auditorium, room 120. Puri will discuss the U.N. Security Council and the need for reform. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The title of Puri’s lecture is “The U.N. Security Council Stalemate: Decision Paralysis, an Outdated Structure, and the Need for Reform.” A career diplomat, Puri has extensive experience with multilateral diplomacy and specializes in trade relations

“As a former president of the U.N. Security Council and the current chairman of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Ambassador Puri is at the forefront of international discourse on world conflict. He has been heavily involved in discussions on Libya and Syria, and is a very experienced and well-respected figure at the U.N. for his efforts to promote peace in such conflicts,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU’s International Affairs & Diplomacy. “After months of working to secure his visit to UVU, we are extremely pleased to host such a distinguished dignitary, and look forward to the opportunity for our students and faculty to engage with this world leader.”

Puri has served as the ambassador to the U.N. for India since May 2009 and has served as chair of the U.N. Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee since January 2011. Puri has also served two terms as president of the U.N. Security Council.

Prior to his current appointment, Puri served as permanent secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He previously served as ambassador to Brazil and permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

Puri joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974, and in the past 39 years has served at the Indian missions in Japan, Geneva, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and Brazil. He holds a post-graduate degree in history from the University of Delhi.


IMD 2012 Press Release and Follow-up


The Utah International Mountain Forum, (UIMF) a coalition of student clubs on the campus of Utah Valley University (UVU) in Utah, USA, member of the Mountain Partnership since 2006, sponsored their third annual International Mountain Day Celebration on December 7, 2012 in which the contributions in promoting the sustainable mountain agenda of the United Nations during 2012 for both UIMF and other Utah Mountain Partnership members were recognized. UVU students, and faculty during this successful event were able to recognize those members of the community, who contributed to the United Nations RIO+20 conference by; raising funds and sending a Utah delegation to Brazil, organizing the third international Women of the Mountains conference in Puno, Peru as a preparatory event for RIO+20 on June, 13-14, 2012, contributing research to the Reports on SMD on North America for RIO+20 summit, and making other efforts with the aim to advocate the SMD-agenda both in the region and globally.

The celebration was attended by nearly 100 members of the community and a variety of local government leaders with involvement of such MP members from Utah as Gruppman International Music Institute, Hope International, Orem City, Provo City, Utah Valley University, and Utah-Russia-Institute.


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 As part of the IMD celebration, UIMF sponsored a silent auction to raise funds for TIFIE’s “Light a Village Project”  in which they were able to raise over $2500 for the cause. The funds were raised by auctioning off products and services that were donated by the local community and will be used to help fund a solar project for mountain villages to provide them with light.

In addition, a delegation from UVU co-organized  conferences with its partner, the International University of Kyrgyzstan in the Kyrgyz Republic commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Mountains, International Mountain Day, and following-up events to RIO+20 conference. UVU contributed to the agendas of the conference on “Mountains and climate”  on December 11, 2012 in Bishkek,  “Conflict and Peace in the Mountains,” on December 8, 2012 in Osh City, Round Table  “Utah-Central Asia”  on December 10, 2012 in Bishkek and through the efforts of two students from UIMF co-hosted a round table, “Youth and SMD” on December 8, 2012 in Bishkek.


UVU delegation during round table on Rocky Mountains-Central Asian

 cooperation in Bishkek, on December 10, 2012

The end result of these conferences was a greater cohesion with our local and international networks, outreach to the youth in Utah and Kyrgyzstan, including many high school students, and a general accountability to our financiers by demonstrating what we as an institution had accomplished over 2012.

UVU and UIMF are committed to being strong and active members of the Mountain Partnership and a voice for all issues related to sustainable mountain development and other mountain issues in Utah and beyond.

For more information regarding what the Utah International Mountain Forum has been able to accomplish please visit

UIMF Announces New Member: enactus


The Utah International Mountain Forum is proud to announce a new member of its coalition of UVU clubs, enactus! We look forward to working closely with them in the future!


UVU Advisor:

Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor; WB 212,
Student Contact:

Nathan Marshall, UVU Enactus President;
Mission Statement:

Enactus (formally known as SIFE) is an international network of students, academics and business leaders. Working in partnership with business and higher education, Enactus “mobilizes university students around the world to use the knowledge gained in the classroom to address real world business and economic issues in their communities. Enactus students form teams on their university campuses and perform community service projects that teach market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, personal success skills, business ethics, and environmental sustainability.”
Goal for the year: To perform a range of socially responsible community engagement projects and compete at the Enactus regional competition in Spring 2013.

UIMF Annual Fundraiser

UIMF/TIFIE Fundraiser

Our Goal 

To light 10 homes with solar power in the DR Congo

How will we accomplish this?

By raising money, the goal of which is $1000, through the student body and other local business and community members by selling raffle tickets for donated items and a silent auction at the reception dinner for the IMD conference on Dec 7.


What do we need?

Student volunteers, items to be auctioned and donations


When and Where is the fundraiser?

Dec 3-7 from 10 am – 2pm at the Student Life wall in the SC (near the food court)

Dec 7 before and after the annual International Mountain Day Conference 6-7pm and 8 – 830 pm



Contact: Brandon Merrill email: Phone: 801-860-0253



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International Mountain Day 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Utah Valley University Science Center Auditorium.

On behalf of the United Nations-affiliated Mountain Partnership Members from the state of Utah and Utah International Mountain Forum, a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University, we have the special pleasure to invite you to our gathering commemorating the 10th anniversary of the United Nations announced “International Year of the Mountains (IYM)” in 2002.

Our event will be held during UN officially declared “International Mountain Day (IMD),” where we will recognize many of the major contributions from the state of Utah to the global mountain agenda for the year 2012. Recognition will include: participating of the official Utah delegation at historic United Nations RIO+20 Conference in Rio, Brazil from June 18-21, 2012, the hosting of the third Women of the Mountains conference in Puno, Peru, from June 12-14, 2012, and the hosting of a special workshop and essay contest for Utah high school students on the topic of sustainable energy by UVU students. All of these events have made a difference in the lives of mountain communities and were recognized by the international community and the United Nations Mountain Partnership during 2012.

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Utah International Mountain Forum is a coalition of students clubs at Utah Valley University; Utah Valley University is a member of the Mountain Partnership since 2006; The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP to Jordan Giles @


UIMF Partner, AIMF in Aspen, CO Recognized by the UN


Women’s organizations are mobilizing at Sino de Vale, Brazil, to prepare for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and aiming to develop a common voice that will help expand the role of women in sustainable development. Read the full statement below.


UN Conference on Sustainable Development Sees
New Collaborations by Global Women

RIO DE JANEIRO…The first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as the Eco ’92 Earth Summit, was held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992 and was the first-ever international meeting of 178 countries on sustainable development. The conference led to an agreement on the Climate Change Convention which, in turn, produced the Kyoto Protocol. Significantly, Eco’ 92 also marked the first time that world leaders and governments considered the essential role of women in addressing global sustainability challenges and included gender-sensitive language in official documents.

The powerful women’s movement at Eco ‘92 that crafted a gender perspective into sustainable development was spearheaded by New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug, Nobel Prize-winner Wangari Maathai, Indian environmental feminist Vandana Shiva and the Brazilian social entrepreneur and leadership educator Thais Corral and many others. These women created a communal meeting space, called the Planeta Fêmea, or Feminine Planet, where on each day of the conference texts, interventions and strategies were shared and analyzed and a collective women’s voice was formed.

Twenty years later, a new women’s community is taking shape at Sinal do Vale, a social enterprise and retreat center in a valley close to Rio operated by Corral who is also the founder of REDEH, the Center for Human Development and CEMINA (Communications, Education and Adaptation). The Global Women Scholars Network, an international group of scholars and practitioners studying and working on issues related to sustainable development, worked with Corral to gather diverse groups at Sinal do Vale for Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 June 2012. They include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Aspen International Mountain Foundation, Climate Wise Women, ENERGIA, the International Women’s Rights Project, the Mountain Partnership, USAID, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and scholars from additional universities, including Northwestern University, University of Wollongong (Australia), Colegio de Postgraduados (Mexico), and Modul University (Austria).

Participating organizations will be involved in a heavy slate of activities in Rio from 14 June through 24 June, presenting discussions and workshops on a broad range of issues at the official site of the Rio+20, RioCentro, as well as in other venues across the city. On 16 June, GWSN and other groups staying at the retreat center will host an all day event at Sinal do Vale, open to the broader conference community, titled Women Networking for Sustainability: Celebrating the Past & Envisioning the Future.

“Having such an amazing group of like-minded people in one place will be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Alice Madden, GWSN organizer and holder of the Timothy E. Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Denver. “The networks and ideas that come out of this retreat center will lead to long-term collaboration and will help all of the groups involved work toward expanding the role of women in sustainable development.”

Participating Organizations:

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, “Triple A-S” (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programmes that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

The ASPEN INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION (AIMF) is a Colorado nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the world’s mountain communities. Formally organized in 2001 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, AIMF evolved from a decade of working collaboratively with the United Nations’ Environment Program (UNEP), the City of Aspen, the Aspen Institute, Aspen Sister Cities, and other public and private organizations that produced a series of international conferences focusing on issues facing mountain communities. In 2010, AIMF became a member of the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership – a voluntary alliance of almost 200 international members, including 50 countries, committed to working together with the common goal of improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.

CLIMATE WISE WOMEN is a global platform for the promotion of women’s leadership on climate change. Through powerful personal narratives, Climate Wise Women gives a human face and voice to an issue that sits squarely at the nexus of the conversation on gender equality, environmental justice, food security, the eradication of extreme poverty, and public health.
The Climate Wise Women, a rotating group of distinguished international community activists, share their compelling stories to make the critical connections between the developed and developing worlds. Climate Wise Women is a founding partner of the GWSN.

The ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy was launched in 1995 as a network of committed individuals and organizations working on gender mainstreaming in energy policies and activities. ENERGIA is hosted by the ETC Foundation and connects over 8,000 development practitioners across the world, with an active presence in 22 countries in Africa and Asia. ENERGIA’s approach is innovative because it integrates an emphasis on social equity and women’s rights with a very practical focus on energy technology – an area that has been traditionally male-dominated and gender-blind. ENERGIA is a member of the Women’s Major Group.

GWSN (GLOBAL WOMEN SCHOLARS NETWORK) is an international group of scholars and practitioners studying and working on issues related to sustainable development. Its goal is to increase women in working in the sciences related to sustainability by generating collaborative research on environmental sustainability that not only provide a gender perspective for sustainability issues, but also create a supportive network of women scholars. To accomplish its goal, GWSN will mentor underrepresented women and women from developing countries who are studying environmental sustainability and climate change. In addition to its work in Rio, GWSN will host four international workshops on relevant topics over the next five years.

The INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROJECT (IWRP) was founded in 1998 to strengthen the capacity of women’s NGOs in Canada and internationally. IWRP works to influence the implementation of international human rights standards through collaboration, participatory research and evidence-based advocacy. The IWRP model is to work in partnership with civil society organizations, research institutions, donors, universities, and individuals to provide research, capacity-building, and an exchange of knowledge and learning.

THE MOUNTAIN PARTNERSHIP is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world. The Mountain Partnership addresses the challenges facing mountain regions by tapping the wealth and diversity of resources, knowledge, information and expertise, from and between one another, in order to stimulate concrete initiatives at all levels that will ensure improved quality of life and environments in the world’s mountain regions. Currently, 50 countries, 16 intergovernmental organizations and 130 Major Groups (e.g. civil society, NGOs and the private sector) are members .

REDEH (REDE DE DESENVOLVIMENTO HUMANO) works to defend diversity and promote human development and equality among gender, race, and ethnicity; equitable and sustainable development; the protection and conservation of the environment; and the promotion of cultural diversity. REDEH supports the leadership of women and other social actors (youth, communities and academics) in the decision-making process and implementation of public policy on women, blacks, youth and other underrepresented populations.

USAID (UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT). The American people, through USAID, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for over 50 years. USAID is leading implementation of Feed the Future, the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative. USAID will collaborate with GWSN in the organization of an interactive panel discussion on “Women and Natural Resource Management” on 22 June at the U.S. Center. This session will highlight the support of USAID, the NGO community and academia in recognizing the importance of gender equality in achieving food security and health through the management of fisheries and forests throughout the world.

WEDO (WOMEN’S ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION), a women’s global advocacy organization founded in 1991 to influence the 1992 Earth Summit, envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. Working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, from local to government level, WEDO’s mission is to ensure that women’s rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles – as well as the linkages between them – are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices. WEDO is a member of the Women’s Major Group.

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Foreign Affairs Minutes Oct 3rd

On October 3, 2012, the Foreign Affairs Club met together to discuss future club events, and take the opportunity to discuss about current issues in Mali. The meeting was conducted by Protocol Officer, Andrew Jones. Recruitment Officer, Marie Poudiougou led the discussion about Mali.

A Coalition of UVU Clubs