Category Archives: North America

2nd Annual Utah High School Essay Contest Report

On March 30, 2012, The Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) held at the Orem Public Library, the Second Annual Utah High School Workshop and Essay Contest on the topic of the “Sustainable Energy for Mountain Communities”, in support of the United Nations initiative to declare 2012 as the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.” This event was co-sponsored by the Utah Valley University’s History & Political Science Department and the Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF).

President of UIMF visits the United Nations and the State Department

In preparations for the Utah Valley University and Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) participation at the United Nations RIO+20 conference on sustainable development On June 20-22, 2012, and co-hosting the Conference on women’s issues, sustainability, and conflict in the Andean region in Puno, Peru, the President of the UIMF John McClure visited the United Nations headquarters in New York and the State Department in Washington D.C. on March 5, 2012.


2nd Annual High School Essay Contest Workshop

The second annual Utah Students Workshop and Essay Contest will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 2-6 PM in the Story Telling wing of the Orem Public Library


Event Agenda:

2:00pm – 2:10pm – Opening remarks by the Chair of the Organizing Committee,

Dr. Snedegar and Deputy Chair, Jesler Molina

2:10pm – 2:20pm – Greetings from Dr. Rusty Butler, Focal Point of the U.N.-related

Mountain Partnership (MP) at Utah Valley University

2:20pm – 2:30pm –  Remarks from John McClure, President of Utah International Mountain

Forum (UIMF) at UVU

2:30pm – 4:00pm – Presentation of the best 10 research papers by high school students

4:00pm – 4:10pm – Greetings by Skype from Rebecca Wallace, Aspen International

Mountain Foundation, member of the MP.

4:10pm – 4:50pm – Presentation of the best 10 research papers by high school students


4:50pm – 5:20pm – Announcement of the best 5 essays and the 3 winners by Dr. Snedegar,

and Jesler Molina. Awards and certificates of appreciation to the winners are presented by representative of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Focal Point of MP at UVU and President of UIMF.

5:20pm – 5:30pm – Presentation of certificates of appreciation to all participants and

organizers of the Workshop (same individuals are involved as in the previous ceremony)

5:30pm – 6:00pm – Reception

Organizing Committee


 Utah High-Schools Workshop on Sustainable Energy

Welcome from City of Orem

The Future of the Arab Spring: With Dr David H Gray

The Future of the Arab Spring with Dr. David H Gray

 On February 29, 2012 Dr. David Gray visited the Utah Valley University campus to discuss the future of the Arab spring, terrorism,  Israel and US foreign policy, and the Islam in the Middle East. Dr. Gray specializes in international and national security affairs. His expertise includes U.S. and international security and strategic studies; current global security issues; U.S. foreign and national security policy formulation and strategy; intelligence, globalization and international security; political violence and insurgency; international terrorism; and international weapons proliferation.
Expert on Terrorism as a guest of UIMF
John McClure, President, UIMF


Invitation to contribute to the final document of the RIO+20 U.N. Conference

Invitation to contribute to the final document of the RIO+20 U.N. Conference

Dear Mountain Partnership Members and Friends,
With reference to the message below, please note that the deadline for submission of proposed changes to the “Zero Draft” has been postponed to 29 February 2012.
We will be circulating a revised paragraph 94 (the one directly related to mountains) based on comments received from many of you, which you may wish to use in your submission.
We very much look forward to continue working together to have mountains properly reflected in the Rio+20 Outcome.
With best regards,
Tullia Baldassarri Höger von Högersthal
Mountain Partnership Secretariat
FAO, Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Roma
Phone: 0039 06 5705 4498
Mobile: 0039 328 7573475

Utah Students Advocate Lawmakers to Fund High Education

UIMF in connection with UVU has issued high school essay contest in recognition of 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. The aim of this UIMF essay competition and workshop is to reach out to the high school students of the region and inform them of the energy problems that exist in mountainous regions around the world. An additional aim is to  suggest how they might become part of the global mountain community working on these issues under the umbrella of the United Nations sponsored agenda of Sustainable Mountain Development.
Utah Students Advocate Lawmakers to Fund High Education