Since February 24, the war in Ukraine has been dominating the media headlines, and rightly so, since fundamental human rights (such as the right to self-determination of peoples) are being trampled underfoot by the aggressor Russia. With the drama unfolding right before our eyes, it is understandable that news from the UN General Assembly in New York on February 28 had little media resonance:
The United Nations (UN) has declared 2026 the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists, reflecting the important role healthy rangelands play in creating a sustainable environment, economic growth and resilient livelihoods for communities across the world.
The UN General Assembly at its Plenary Meeting on 28 February 2022, adopted the resolution that was initiated and spearheaded by Mongolia, and supported by 60 Member States representing all regions of the world. For more info click here.
We, up4change e.V. and eeem.org have met nomads or pastoralists so far only in East Africa and Senegal and want to organize a virtual photo and video exhibition to support the “International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists 2026”. For this reason we want to visit pastoralists in Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Australia and document their way of life. We started with the alpaca herders in Peru and here are the first pictures:
If anybody wants to collaborate with us on this topic, please contact us.