Professor Baktybek Abdrisaev was the Kyrgyz Republic’s Ambassador to the U.S. and Canada before settling in Utah to teach history and politics at Utah Valley University. Part of his focus has been connecting Utah’s mountain communities to others around the world. He says it starts with common ground:
Professor Baktybek has been instrumental in bringing the Women of the Mountains Conference to Utah Valley University October 7-9. Co-organized by UVU and the International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) under the auspice of the Mountain Partnership, the conference serves to strengthen the involvement of North American mountain communities with the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership (MP). IWM promotes worldwide sustainable development in mountainous areas. It will also address the critical issues facing women and children in mountainous regions across the globe and provide a forum in which to raise both awareness and advocacy on eliminating gender inequality and addressing sustainability challenges.
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