This was part of the U.N. 2002 Year of the Mountain Campaign:
Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), noted that almost all of the world's current conflicts - 23 of the 27 existing wars - were being fought in mountainous regions. He stressed the importance of bringing peace to those areas in order to ensure food security for impoverished and hungry people all over the world.
"Conflict may be the single greatest obstacle to achieving our goals," Diouf told a United Nations (UN) news conference in New York City. "Without peace, we cannot ensure secure food supplies. Without peace, we cannot even consider sustainable development."
The United Nations proclaimed the Year in order to increase awareness of mountain ecosystems, to defend the cultural heritage of mountain communities and to promote the conservation and sustainable development of mountain regions. http://ens.lycos.com/ens/dec2001/2001L-12-13-07.html