Category Archives: 2012

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



TIFIE Silent Auction2

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.

13-11-22-4-From-MP-WelcomeletterUIMF2012Letter from Thomas Hofer – Mountain Partnership

13-11-22-1-IMD-2012-Poster-FINALEvent Poster


Microsoft Word - 13-11-22-5-Letter-From-JP.docLetter from Jane Pratt


13-11-22-3-From-JG-IMDF-PROGRAMEvent Program

13-11-22-2-PRPress Release Document

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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UVU and UIMF contributed to the creation of the Mountain Partnership regional hub

During October 12-15, 2012, a Utah Valley University delegation visited Aspen, CO by invitation of the Aspen International Mountain Foundation and the Telluride Institute.  The main goal of the visit was to discuss the future of the United Nations-affiliated Mountain Partnership (MP), coalition of the global institutions, promoting the agenda of sustainable mountain development and to create a hub of the MP in North America.  This delegation was comprised of Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev, Lecturer at the History and Political Science Department at UVU and representatives of Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), coalition of UVU students clubs  Jesler Molina, Jordan Giles and me.

During the meeting local hosts gathered key MP members from North America, who were promoting the initiative for the creation of a North American MP hub over several years and especially during the international conference Women of the Mountains hosted by UVU in Orem, Utah during March 7-9, 2011. The Mountain Partnership members in attendance through adopting a special declaration supported the decision of the secretariat of the MP from Rome, Italy  made in 2011 about creation of a regional hub in Colorado jointly by AIMF and TI and defined major priorities and goals for the activities of the hub in promoting SMD-activities both in the region and globally.  As a part of the final document of the gathering in Aspen, CO participants discussed a variety of ideas, joint initiatives and projects, which they were willing to contribute to the activities of the global MP network with a major aim to advocate the SMD-agenda locally, nationally and internationally in addition to networking, knowledge sharing and exchange of the best practices in SMD-areas. UVU delegation and students UVU in particular contributed its expertise and knowledge to the several areas of discussion related to the activities of the hub at this conference, including collaborative organization efforts, event planning, web design, and social media.  Meeting was comprised in addition to delegations of AIMF, TI, UVU, also representatives from the Mountain Institute, VA, Vista 360, WY, the City of Aspen, CO, the Utah Russian Institute, UT and members of the Rocky Mountains Sustainability and Science Network (RMSSN).

Upon its creation, the North American hub would represent MP members from this continent, and will coordinate its work with the central hub under the umbrella of the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy. The final document of the gathering will be submitted to the MP headquarters in Rome at the end of October, when major donor institutions will be developing a new strategy and structure for the MP during its emergency meeting in Rome, Italy.

Members of Utah International Mountain Forum (from left to right): John McClure, Jordan Giles and Jesler Molina with  Rebecca Wallace, from Aspen International Mountain Foundation (third from left) discuss the final document of the meeting     

UVU as a MP member since 2006 and the UIMF has already made significant contributions to the activities of the regional hub and MP in general: they raised substantial funds in promotion of the gender agenda as a part of SMD and co-hosted three international Women of the Mountains Conference during 2007, 2011 in Orem, Utah and in 2012 in Puno, Peru. UVU also focuses its efforts on raising funds elsewhere to be able to further co-host those gathering on annual basis with alternating places between Utah and mountain nations overseas and to create a permanently functioning unique forum for global mountain communities on gender and family issues. UVU and UIMF also were able to raise funds in order to send their delegation to take part at the Third Global Meeting of the MP members as a part of the RIO+20 gathering of the United Nations in Brazil last summer. Currently the students of UVU are raising money for the trip to Rome, Italy in order to contribute to the agenda of the Fourth Global Meeting of the MP members at the end of January 2013.

During the trip to Aspen, members of our coalition of UVU students clubs were able by contributing to the crafting of official documents of the international organization, related to the United Nations both to make a history and to grow as professionals.  And we are sure that we will be able to contribute in the same meaningful way to the MP members meeting next year in Rome.

John McClure, President, UIMF

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.

Welcome to

The Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) is a coalition of several different clubs on the campus of Utah Valley University (UVU) including; The American Israeli Alliance, College Democrats, College Republicans, Foreign Affairs, Model UN, Russian, and Sustainable Mountain Development. Together these clubs work together under the umbrella of UIMF to sponsor events including; education of mountain sustainability, international guests including many foreign dignitaries, and community events including local International Mountain Day Celebrations in both 2010 and 2011. We welcome you to our website and hope you will learn and enjoy!

Foreign Affairs Minutes from Sept 27th

Foreign Affairs Minutes from September 27th Meeting:

On September 27, 2012 the Foreign Affairs Club members had met together to discuss matters that were on the agenda for this academic year. The Foreign Affairs Club is one of eight clubs under the coalition of the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF). The other eight clubs include the International Health Administration Club, the Russian Club, College Democrats, Model UN, Sustainable Mountain Development, American-Israeli Alliance, and College Republicans.

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Model UN Club Observes UN General Assembly


UVU Students Getting First-Hand Experience As United Nations Interns


Four Utah Valley University students who are members of the UVU Model United Nations Club are in New York City this week observing the United Nations’ General Assembly from the inside.

Jesler Molina and Mara Orchard, from Venezuela, Paulo Macote Ambrozio, from Guinea-Bissau, and Jordan Greene of Livermore, Calif., will spend the entire week interning at the United Nations. Joining them are two UVU faculty, Brian Birch, associate vice president for engagement, and Geoff Cockerham, adviser to the Model U.N. Club.

“This is a unique, hands-on program which will directly engage our students with top world leaders,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “We do not know of any other North American university with such a program.”

The U.N. missions of Hungary, Albania, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan are providing credentials for the UVU group. The group will be allowed on the floor of the General Assembly and into committee meetings. Many heads of state are scheduled to address the U.N. this week, including the speech President Barak Obama delivered Tuesday.

“It has been amazing,” Greene said. “Brushing shoulders with some of the most influential people in the world is a little intimidating but it’s a one of a kind opportunity. Seeing President Obama speak is a rare opportunity. This is one of the more valuable experiences of my life so far.”

On Monday, Orchard and Ambrozio sat in on a Rule of Law meeting in the General Assembly with Rita Silek, Hungary’s first secretary.

“It has been a great opportunity and an amazing experience,” Orchard said. “Representatives of states at the highest level around the world and of the U.N. discussed the importance of rule of law and human rights. Cooperation was encouraged in fighting criminal organizations that are challenging our international peace and security.”

Butler said the internship opportunity is the result of the friendships generated between students and the many U.N. ambassadors who have lectured at UVU as part of the U.N. Ambassador Lecture Series. Two UVU students received credentials to the General Assembly last year and were pleased by the access it gave them to world leaders.

UVU’s lecture program has hosted U.N. ambassadors from Iraq, Afghanistan, Romania, Israel, Russia, the Czech Republic and many other nations. The U.N. ambassadors of Sri Lanka, India, Macedonia and the Philippines will be on campus to lecture in the next few months.

September 25, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by:Jim Rayburn (801) 863-850