2014 Events

January 23, 2014 - Tasawar Khan,
Consul General of Pakistan to the United States

Pakistan
Tasawar Khan

CONSUL GENERAL OF PAKISTAN TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

His Excellency Tasawar Khan, consul general of Pakistan in Los Angeles, will speak to the Utah Valley University community on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Timpanogos Room of the UVU Library.

“Increasingly, Pakistan finds itself in the middle of world conflicts, political unrest and border disputes,” explained Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Consul General Tasawar Khan will offer his insights into the role Pakistan plays in dealing with these issues, as well as current Pakistan-U.S. relations. Our students will benefit greatly from our guest’s expertise.”

Following obtaining a bachelor’s degree in general and defense studies from the University of Peshawar, Khan joined and served in the Pakistan Army Corps of Artillery for 7 1/2 years. In 1989, he joined the Civil Service as assistant director of protocol with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He later proceeded to England to pursue his master’s degree in international diplomatic studies from the University of London.

Previously, Ambassador Ntwaagae served as a district commissioner and executive director of the National Environment Secretariat. He also served as the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Khan’s recent assignments include key diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Islamabad, London and, most recently, Australia. He is married with three daughters and one son.

Click here for more information on Consul General Khan and his country of Pakistan.

 The State Capitol Rotunda

Consul General Khan in the State Capitol Rotunda

CG Khan with President Dieter Uchtdorf

Consul General Khan with President Dieter Uchtdorf, member of the First Presidency of the LDS Church

Lecture

His Excellency Tasawar Khan, Consul General of Pakistan, lecturing at Utah Valley University

February 28 - March 8, 2014 - Open World Russian Delegation

UVU TO HOST RUSSIAN DELEGATION WITH OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER PROGRAM



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Heather Wrigley,(801) 863-8504

From Feb. 28–March 8, Utah Valley University is hosting a delegation of six Russian leaders, who will be in Utah learning more about accountable governance. The delegation is part of the Open World Program. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

The delegates will meet with state representatives and senators, as well as with the mayors and city councils of Orem, Provo and Lehi.

While at UVU, the delegation will discuss political parties at the national and local levels and the role of public opinion with associate professor of political science Jay DeSart. The delegation will also speak to UVU political science, peace and justice, and constitutional studies classes which will be facilitated by Baktybek Andrisaev, history and political science lecturer.

“This delegation of key decision makers will have great influence among their peers while allowing our students and faculty to engage with them," said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy.

The delegates will stay in the homes of local residents so they can experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities.

The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a grant to Family Health International 360 to administer this and similar exchanges in 2014. The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. More than 18,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program's inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists and from political party activists to regional

administrators.http://www.openworld.gov/

Open World-Russia

Open World delegates visit the State Capital with UVU's Amy Barnett 

Orem City Fire, Police, and Emergency Services

Orem City Fire, Police, and Emergency Services

Tour of Utah Olympic Park

Tour of Utah Olympic Park

Delegates with host families and UVU staffs

Russian delegates with their host families and UVU staff

April 18, 2014 - Nguyen Ba Hung,
Consul General of Vietnam in San Francisco

Vietnam
Nguyen Ba Hung

CONSUL GENERAL OF VIETNAM TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Utah Valley University is pleased to host His Excellency Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung, consul general of Vietnam in San Francisco, who will discuss “Vietnam: Emerging from its Warn Torn Past into a Dynamic Country” on April 18 at 10 a.m. in Sorensen Student Center, room 213a.

“Vietnam has experienced an ever-increasing level of prosperity since the devastation of the Vietnam War,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which is sponsoring the event. “The country’s emergence into a regional power in economics and leadership is very compelling and will be of great interest to our students.”

Prior to his appointment to San Francisco, Nguyen was director general of the Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

He has also headed Vietnam’s Office for Seeking Missing Persons, which searches for American missing servicemen in the Vietnam War. Nguyen has a master’s degree in international public policy from John Hopkins University, was a fellow at Georgetown University and studied international public law at the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands.

Click here for more information on Consul General Nguyen and his country of Vietnam.

Nguyen Ba Hung with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Consul General Nguyen Ba Hung with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Meeting with Governor Gary Herbert and Franz Kolb

Consul General Nguyen Ba Hung meeting with Governor Gary Herbert and Franz Kolb (GOED)

CG with UVU Students from Vietnam

His Excellency Nguyen Ba Hung and Consul Viet Nguyen with UVU Students from Vietnam

May 16, 2014 - Shri N. Parthasarathi,
Consul General of India in San Francisco

India
Shri N Parthasarathi

CONSUL GENERAL OF INDIA TO LECTURE AT UVU

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson


Consul General of India, Shri N Parthasarathi, will address the challenges and opportunities between India and the United States when he speaks at Utah Valley University May 16 at 10 a.m. in the Library Timpanogos Room.

Parthasarathi has been serving as the Consul General of India in San Francisco since October 2011. Prior to that, he was Ambassador of India to Senegal from 2008 to 2011 and the Ambassador of India to the Republic of South Korea from 2005 to 2008. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde islands, as well as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of the Gambia.

Parthasarathi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981 and has served as a diplomat in countries throughout the world, including in Belgium, Senegal, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and Syria. He has also served in different capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) in New Delhi.

He has published two books: “The Reluctant Assassin,” a fictional thriller, and “Bi Dan Hwang Hoo” (Silk Empress), a fictional novel linking the ancient history of India and Korea.

His visit to the University is part of a series of lectures by ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which actively supports UVU’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the International community. The office also has as its goals helping UVU students become globally competent graduates and promoting cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Consul General Parthasarathi and his country of India.

Parthasarathi at WTC & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

H.E. Parthasarathi with Elizabeth Gorynova from World Trade Center Utah & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

Parthasarathi with UVU Students

Ambassador Parthasarathi after his lecture with UVU Students

Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah

Ambassador Parthasarathi, his wife and Consul Jha at Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah

June 9, 2014 - Michel Spinellis,
Permanent Representative of Greece to the UN

Greece
Grossman

PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF GREECE TO LECTURE AT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807


His Excellency Michel Spinellis, Ambassador of Greece to the United Nations, will speak at Utah Valley University June 9 at 10 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213a. His address is: “Greece — European Union: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the U.N. in 2013, Spinellis was Greece’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation for five years. He has served as his country’s Ambassador to Israel and was the Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later known as Serbia and Montenegro).

“Many consider ancient Greece as the principle cradle of Western civilization with its advances in philosophy, medicine, mathematics and astronomy. Today, Greece is a key member of the European Union with its ministers chairing EU meetings in the last few months,” said Rusty Butler, UVU’s associate vice president for the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy. “Ambassador Spinellis will offer his insights into Greece’s challenges and opportunities in the EU and with the U.S. UVU students will benefit tremendously from our guest’s expertise.”

In an extensive diplomatic career that began in the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1979, Spinellis has held a number of posts, including director for South Eastern Europe at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and head of the Greek delegation in the European Community Monitoring Mission in Zagreb. Spinellis was also deputy spokesman at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and, among other posts, served at the Permanent Mission of Greece to the International Organizations in Geneva and at the Embassy in Algiers.

His visit to UVU is part of a series of lectures by ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which actively supports UVU’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the international community. The office also helps UVU students become globally competent graduates and promotes cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Spinellis and his country of Greece.

Parthasarathi at WTC & visiting Lt. Governor Cox

Ambassador Spinellis with UVU Senior Vice President Ian Wilson, Dee (Mower) Williams & Jim Williams

Greece Amb

Mr. Spinellis joined by Franz Kolb, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, and Rusty Butler

Arches National Park

Ambassador Spinellis enjoys Arches National Park

July 22, 2014 - Mariusz M. Brymora,
Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

Poland
Grossman

CONSUL GENERAL OF POLAND TO LECTURE AT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807


Mariusz M. Brymora, Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles, will speak at Utah Valley University July 22 on “A Polish Perspective on Europe and the USA.” The free lecture begins at 2 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 020.

“He is not only an experienced diplomat, but also an accomplished educator and author,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “He is uniquely qualified to address current issues in Poland and the European Union as well as the history of Polish immigrants to America.”

Brymora was appointed to his current position in 2013, previously working as the deputy director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has served as the Polish consul in Chicago and the public affairs councilor of the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.

His accolades are numerous, including recipient of the Polonus Award for Activist of the Year awarded to the most influential people of the Polish community in Chicago, the Golden Link Award awarded by the Polish American Association, and the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Brymora is the co-author and editor of “400 Years of Polish Immigrants in America,” which was published in 2008 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Poles’ arrival in Jamestown, Va.

He holds graduate degrees from Warsaw University and Ruskin College in Oxford, England.

Brymora’s visit to UVU is part of a series of lectures by foreign diplomats and ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which actively supports UVU’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the international community. The office also helps UVU students become globally competent graduates and promotes cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Consul General Brymora and his country of Poland.

CG of Poland at UVU

Consul General Brymora and his wife at Utah Valley University

CG-Poland tour the LDS H Center

Mr. and Mrs. Brymora tour the LDS Humanitarian Center

CG-Poland Lecturing at UVU

Mr. Brymora lecturing at Utah Valley University

August 5, 2014 - Marcy Grossman,
Consul General of Canada in Denver

Canada
Grossman

CONSUL GENERAL OF CANADA TO LECTURE AT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Heather Wrigley,(801) 863-8504

Marcy Grossman, consul general of Canada, will speak at Utah Valley University Aug. 5 on “Canada: U.S. Relationship, Trade and Energy.” The free lecture begins at 11 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213a.

“Many of us in Utah Valley have strong ties to Canada,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Canada is also one of the United States’ most dependable friends and Utah’s top trading partner.”

Grossman joined the Consulate General of Canada in Denver in June 2012. As Canada’s consul general in Denver, Colo., Grossman oversees a team of 17 people who work within Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming to strengthen trade and economic ties; enhance political, academic and cultural links; and assist Canadians visiting or living in the four-state Rocky Mountain region.

With a public service career spanning more than 22 years, she joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2001 as a Senior Account Executive for Investment Partnerships Canada, the country’s federal economic development agency. She has served abroad as the Senior Trade Commissioner with the Consulate General in Dallas, Texas, from 2002-05, and Canada’s Consul General in Miami, Fla., from 2005-09. Most recently she served as the Deputy Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, from 2009-12.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, she holds both a master of arts in psychology and a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Grossman’s visit to UVU is part of a series of lectures by foreign diplomats and ambassadors to the U.N. hosted by UVU’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, which actively supports UVU’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the international community. The office also helps UVU students become globally competent graduates and promotes cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Consul General Grossman and his country of Canada.

Grossman with GOED and WTC Representatives

The Canadian Consul General with representatives from GOED and WTC - Utah

Grossman honored as Guest professor

Ms. Grossman honored as a guest professor at UVU

Grossman after the lecture

Ms. Grossman joins international women of UVU from Ukraine, USA, Kyrgyzstan, Mali and Venezuela 

September 12, 2014 - Harold Forsyth ,
Ambassador of Peru to the United States

Peru
Harold Forsyth

AMBASSADOR OF PERU TO THE U.S TO LECTURE AT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Kaitlyn Tolman ,(801) 863-8208

The Ambassador of Peru to the United States, Harold Forsyth, will lecture at Utah Valley University on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213a. Forsyth will discuss the role of Peru in a changing world. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Forsyth, a senior diplomat, published author and television personality, has served as ambassador of Peru to the United States since 2011. Prior to his current appointment, Forsyth served as Peru’s ambassador to China and previously served as ambassador to San Marino and Turkey, Italy and Colombia. He also served as an adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru from 2006 to 2009, after serving as Vice Minister Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Peru.

His extensive diplomatic career includes time as a consultant to the general secretariat of the Andean Community of Nations, founding member of the Democratic Forum and the Association for Civil Transparency in Peru, and an international elections observer. In addition, he has directed a radio program, two television shows, and a newspaper, has received a dozen decorations for his diplomatic work, and is the author of the book “Conversation with Javier Pérez de Cuéllar.”

Forsyth studied journalism at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and international relations and diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of Peru. He earned a master’s degree in political science from Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela.

His remarks are in conjunction with UVU’s Global Spotlight on Peru for the 2014-15 academic year. The inaugural event of the Global Spotlight program will be Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center. For more information, visit uvu.edu/cgie/international/engage/global_spotlight/peru_2014-15/index.html.

The Global Spotlight program brings a country or region of the world to campus by promoting global engagement across campus and throughout the community through co-sponsorship of conferences, colloquia, faculty exchanges, workshops, lecture series, awards ceremonies and other events that broaden the international perspective of faculty, staff, students and community members.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Forsyth.

Forsyth at the Capital

Ambassador Forsyth meets with Attorney General Reyes and Senator Mark Madsen at the Utah Capitol

Lecture at UVU

Lecture at UVU by the Ambassador of Peru to the US

Forsyth at Arches National Park

Minister Counselor Mijail Quispe and Ambassador Forsyth tour Arches National Park

October 11 - October 18, 2014 - Open World Tajikistan Delegation

UVU TO HOST TAJIKISTAN DELEGATION WITH OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER PROGRAM



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807


Utah Valley University will host a delegation of five Tajik leaders participating in the Open World Program from Oct. 11-18 as they visit Utah to learn more about accountable governance with a focus on developing young government leaders.

The delegation is scheduled to go on a tour of the UVU campus, to discuss political parties at the national and local levels and the role of public opinion with political science professors and to make a presentation to students from a political science class. While in Utah, the delegates will also meet with state representatives and senators, mayors and city councils of Orem, Provo and Lehi. Homestays with local residents will allow the delegates to experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities.

“This delegation of key decision makers will have great influence among their peers while allowing our students and faculty to engage with them,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president for International Affairs & Diplomacy.

The visiting delegates include: Mustafo Abdulloev, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; Sayumar Davlatov, Chief Specialist, Department of Youth, Sports and Tourism, Municipality of Nurobod District; Naimjon Hikmatov, Chairman, Jamot Dehot Ghoziyon; Kuvvatullo Saadulloev, Deputy Head of Department/Head of State, Finance Department for Hissor District Budget Planning Unit; Dilshod Safarov, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan, Department of Tax Policy and State Revenue; and Maruf Kandikov, their facilitator.

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, the Open World Program enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia. Over 18,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program’s inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists, and from political party activists to regional administrators.

For more information, please contact Marie Poudiougou at 801-863-7191 or at mariep@uvu.edu. For more information on Open World, please visit: administrators.http://www.openworld.gov/

KSL Studios

Delegates tour KSL Studios with radio host, Amanda Dickson

Utah State Senate

Senator Curt Bramble gives a tour of the Utah State Senate Chambers to delegates

United Way

Tajik Delegates meet with United Way of Utah County

November 10, 2014 - Dongman Han,
Consul General of the Republic of Korea

Korea
Dongman Han

CONSUL GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA TO LECTURE AT UVU



University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, (801) 863-6807

Written by: Kellene Ricks Adams ,(801) 863-8504

Dongman Han, the consul general of the Republic of Korea, will be speaking on “The Vision for Inter-Korea Relations and the Korean-US Alliance” during a Nov. 10 lecture sponsored by Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy. The lecture will begin at noon in the Sorensen Center 206bc. “During the [last] four decades, the Republic of Korea has experienced tremendous economic, political and military growth, and significantly reduced U.S. dependency,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for UVU International Affairs & Diplomacy. “Today, South Korea is an industrial nation standing tall on the world stage. We look forward to learning more about South Korea from Consul General Han.”

Han has been serving as the consul general since May 2013. He joined South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 after earning a master’s degree in law at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He has held secretary posts in Algeria, the United Kingdom, and Australia, as well as in the Office of the President in Korea.

In 2002, he began serving as the director of the Security Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as consul at the Korean Consulate General in New York. He has also served as the Minister-Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C., and prior to that, served as the director-general of the International Economic Affairs Bureau of the ministry.

Han received the Order of the Service medal in 2012 and is the author of four books, including “The Next 10 Years,” an insightful look at the future of Korea on the international stage for the next decade. Han is married with two children.

The Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy actively supports the University’s global engagement efforts by advancing UVU’s presence and prestige in the international community; helping UVU students become globally competent graduates; and promoting cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information on Consul General Han.

Han lecturing at UVU

Dongman Han, Consul General of the Republic of Korea lectures at UVU

Han with UVU Staff

Consul General Han & Consular Agent David Lee with Marie Poudiougou, Amy Barnett & VP Cameron Martin from UVU

November 19, 2014 - João Alberto Graça - Special Assistant for the Ministry of Labor and Employment in Brazil

UVU HOSTS SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR THE MINISTRY OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT IN BRAZIL

Honorary Guest Professor Mr. João Alberto Graça spoke to UVU international relations students during his visit to Utah. Mr. Graça Special Assistant for the Ministry of Labor and Employment, addressed topics of Human Rights and Brazil's Economic Future.

Mr. Graca lecturing

Mr. João Alberto Graça addressing Human Rights in Brazil at Cholpon Akmatalieva's international relations class

Mr. Graca and Students

Mr. Graça with Amy Barnett, Cholpon Akmatalieva, and students after his lecture

Mr. Graca Lecturing

Mr. Graça discusting Brazil's international trade and foreign policy with Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev international relations class

December 12, 2014 - International Mountain Day Celebration

UVU Proudly Contributes to the International Mountain Day Celebration



International Affairs & Diplomacy: Marie Essiko Poudiougou, (801) 863-7191

Covering 24 percent of the world’s surface and have to 12 percent of the world’s population in 120 countries, mountains play a significant role in moving the world toward a sustainable economic growth. Mountains are not only an important source of energy, forest products and agricultural products, but they are also major ecosystems which are essential to the survival of the global ecosystem. Moreover, mountains are a great source of minerals. As stated by Jake Norton, mountaineer and owner of the MountainWorld Production and panelist at the 2014 International Mountain Day Celebration held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, “if there is magic in the world it is in water”. There is no doubt that water from mountains is essential for our survival.

Utah Valley University once again showed how dedicated it is to the advocacy of the sustainable way of living in mountain communities by participating to the December 12, 2014 International Mountain Day conference in New York at the UN headquarters. Accompanied with a UVU student, Marie Essiko Poudiougou, Dr. Rusty Butler proudly represented the University at the conference. He demonstrated how important mountains and the mountain communities are to UVU and its students.

This year International Mountain Day focused on mountain farm as a tribute to the international year of family farming. The event highighted the opportunities mountains provide to local development, and how farming can help respond to the challenges faced by mountain communities. The event explored how mountain environments can be sustained in a post-2015 world and how they can contribute to implementing the future Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference was chaired by the permanent Representative of Argentina, Her Excellency María Cristina Perceval. Among the speakers at the event was, His Excellency Pio Wennubst Assistant Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Mr. Wennubst addressed the topic of “Linking mountain life to a sustainable future.” His Excellency Luca Maestripieri, Vice-Director General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressed the topic of “Sustaining Mountains in the future we want.” Ms. Rosalaura Romeo, Mountain Partnership Secretariat, discussed “Mountain farming’s contribution to sustainable environments and food production.” Mr. Jake Norton, Mountaineer, Owner of MountainWorld Productions and founder of Challenge21 discussed “Sustaining mountain environments and watersheds.” Last, but not the least, Dr. Rusty Butler Associate Vice President at Utah Valley University presented the topic of “Mountain and the post-2015 agenda.” Dr. Butler recognized the effort, interest, and leadership that UVU students are taking specifically on sustainable mountain development as members of Mountain Partnership. UVU students have been advocating for the mountain communities for several years through their state-wide essay contest and organization of clubs such as the Utah International Mountain Forum. engage and create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development.

Mountains matter; therefore, issues faced by the mountain communities should not be neglected. Environmental degradation, deforestation, climate change, do not have an impact on only mountainous areas but everywhere around the globe. As mentioned by Mr. Wennubst in his remarks, "mountains are reminders that nature has rules that cannot be overruled." Mountains remind us of poverty at the same they remind us of opportunities, economy, and tourism and teach us how to move forward. Actions needs to be taken to assume the development of mountains in the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

Click here for more information.

UN-Trip

AVP- Rusty Butler addressing the  United Nations Representatives

UN-Trip

Rusty Butler with H.E. María Cristina & H.E. Talaibek Kydyrov

UN-Trip

Marie Poudiougou with Panelists Ms. Rosalaura Romeo, Mr. Jake Norton & Mrs. Norton after the conference