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Conference Themes

  • Mountains nurturing communities
  • Balancing development pressures
  • Regional cooperation and tourism
  • The Everest factor
Conference Themes

The Purpose

  • As a lead up to COP 26 (2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow November 2021, assess climate change impacts in the HKH
  • To honour mountain voices and to promote increased understanding of the Himalaya as an “abode of the gods”
  • To provide a platform for issues from the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region to be discussed, debated and consolidated in order to influence policy and to have a unified voice in other global arenas
  • To strengthen tourism to the Hindu Kush Himalaya region
  • To learn and share global best practices in the four themes of the conference
  • To explore opportunities for national and regional cooperation
  • To synergize national, regional and global networks for strengthening mountain solutions in the region
The Purpose

Organizing Committee

This Conference will be hosted by Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities, CAHC, Himalayan Climate Initiative in association with ICIMOD. The core organizing committee comprises Ang Tshering Sherpa, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Dr. Ganesh Gurung, Lisa Choegyal and Prashant Singh.

Organizing Committee

Speakers

A range of relevant speakers have been invited, particularly focusing on international presenters, and Hindu Kush Himalayan speakers with experience from Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and stakeholders from the Great Himalaya Trail.

Speakers

Who’s Speaking

The Sustainable Summits Conferences 2020 organizing committee along with sustainable summits initiative are formalizing a list of guest speakers. Relevant presenters are being selected and invited with advice from the sponsors and the international Sustainable Summits committee, particularly those relevant to the conference themes. Confirmed speakers till today are:

Dr. Alton C. ByersSr. Research Associate and Faculty, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder

Alton C. Byers, Ph.D. is a mountain geographer, conservationist, and mountaineer specializing in applied research, high altitude ecosystems, climate change, glacier hazards, and integrated conservation and development programs. He is currently a Senior Research Associate and Faculty at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado at Boulder; Senior Fellow at The Mountain Institute; and National Geographic Society Explorer and Expeditions Expert.

Dr. Alton C. ByersSr. Research Associate and Faculty, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder

Alton C. Byers, Ph.D. is a mountain geographer, conservationist, and mountaineer specializing in applied research, high altitude ecosystems, climate change, glacier hazards, and integrated conservation and development programs. He is currently a Senior Research Associate and Faculty at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado at Boulder; Senior Fellow at The Mountain Institute; and National Geographic Society Explorer and Expeditions Expert.

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Dawa Steven SherpaNepalese Sherpa entrepreneur & Mountaineer

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Dawa Steven SherpaNepalese Sherpa entrepreneur & Mountaineer

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Dr. Ghana S. GurungCountry Representative, WWF Nepal

Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung is the Country Representative of WWF Nepal. Ghana holds a PhD in Natural Science from the University of Zurich in 2006 and holds over 20 plus years of experience in species and people centred natural resource management, ecotourism development, linking conservation with faith groups, policy engagement and project negotiations. As the Country Representative, Dr. Gurung’s key responsibility lies in providing strategic direction to the organization, raising funds for projects in Nepal, and ensuring conservation successes that contribute to WWF’s global mission to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

He previously served as the Senior Conservation Program Director at WWF Nepal, and has worked in nature conservation for the last two decades. Under his leadership in conservation
programs, Nepal has witnessed growth in key wildlife species including tigers, rhinos and snow leopards and has celebrated four years of zero rhino poaching while encompassing community-based institutions as local stewards of nature conservation. He is one of the founding members of community based conservation areas and landscape level conservation, playing a key role in designing and implementing these landmark achievements in Nepal. He is also the Snow Leopard Champion for the WWF Network, and has also been instrumental in formalizing transboundary cooperation with China and India for conservation and wildlife trade control. Before joining WWF, Ghana worked for National Trust for Nature Conservation in different management capacities.

Dr. Ghana S. GurungCountry Representative, WWF Nepal

Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung is the Country Representative of WWF Nepal. Ghana holds a PhD in Natural Science from the University of Zurich in 2006 and holds over 20 plus years of experience in species and people centred natural resource management, ecotourism development, linking conservation with faith groups, policy engagement and project negotiations. As the Country Representative, Dr. Gurung’s key responsibility lies in providing strategic direction to the organization, raising funds for projects in Nepal, and ensuring conservation successes that contribute to WWF’s global mission to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

He previously served as the Senior Conservation Program Director at WWF Nepal, and has worked in nature conservation for the last two decades. Under his leadership in conservation
programs, Nepal has witnessed growth in key wildlife species including tigers, rhinos and snow leopards and has celebrated four years of zero rhino poaching while encompassing community-based institutions as local stewards of nature conservation. He is one of the founding members of community based conservation areas and landscape level conservation, playing a key role in designing and implementing these landmark achievements in Nepal. He is also the Snow Leopard Champion for the WWF Network, and has also been instrumental in formalizing transboundary cooperation with China and India for conservation and wildlife trade control. Before joining WWF, Ghana worked for National Trust for Nature Conservation in different management capacities.

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Rt Hon Helen ClarkFormer Prime Minister of New Zealand

Helen Clark is a former New Zealand Prime Minister and a Former UNDP Administrator.

She currently Chairs the Boards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. Helen also serves on other public good Advisory Boards.

Helen is a frequent contributor to Conferences, and events, on issues related to Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Women’s Leadership.

Rt Hon Helen ClarkFormer Prime Minister of New Zealand

Helen Clark is a former New Zealand Prime Minister and a Former UNDP Administrator.

She currently Chairs the Boards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. Helen also serves on other public good Advisory Boards.

Helen is a frequent contributor to Conferences, and events, on issues related to Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Women’s Leadership.

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Reinhold MessnerSouth Tyrolean mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, author and filmmaker

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Climber, writer, filmmaker, photographer and Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, Reinhold Messner started climbing mountains at the age of five and has been one of the world’s most outstanding mountaineers for thirty years. In his over three thousand climbs he has achieved over a hundred first ascents, and was the first to climb all of the world's 8000-metre peaks. Messner was the first to reach Mount Everest's top without oxygen support. He has crossed by foot the Antarctic, Greenland, Tibet, the deserts Gobi and Takla Makan.

Reinhold MessnerSouth Tyrolean mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, author and filmmaker

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Climber, writer, filmmaker, photographer and Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, Reinhold Messner started climbing mountains at the age of five and has been one of the world’s most outstanding mountaineers for thirty years. In his over three thousand climbs he has achieved over a hundred first ascents, and was the first to climb all of the world's 8000-metre peaks. Messner was the first to reach Mount Everest's top without oxygen support. He has crossed by foot the Antarctic, Greenland, Tibet, the deserts Gobi and Takla Makan.

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Schedule

The organizing committee is working on the final schedule. The Draft however gives an indication on how the program will be scheduled.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • ICIMOD
09:00 AMArrival

International participants arrive at Park Village Resort

01:00 PMRegistration

Registration opens at the pre-conference hall

Speakers meet
04:30 PM - 05:30 PMSpeakers meet

Speakers meeting at Park Village Resort

06:00 PMWelcome Reception

Welcome reception and buffet dinner. ( For participants staying in the Park Village Resort only and organisers )

  • ICIMOD
10:15 AM - 08:30 PMDAY 2

8:00 – 8:55: Registration

9:00 – 10:15: Opening Inaugural Session

10:15-12:30: Mountains nurturing communities
(10:45 – 11:10: Coffee Break with VNY2020 films )

12:30 – 13:30: Conference Lunch – with photo slide show

13:30 – 18:00: Development pressures – balancing local priorities, conservation and tourism
(15:15– 15:45: Coffee Break – with slide show)

16:45 -18:00 Panel & Discussion: 5 minutes each and discussion:
Balancing pressures & visitor overcrowding

18:00 – 19:25: Dinner and networking

Closing Remarks

  • ICIMOD
Day 3
08:00 AM - 08:30 PMDay 3

8:00: Resident participants depart from Park Village Resort  by bus
Non-resident participants depart by bus from a pickup point

9:00 – 12:00: FIELD TRIP: ICIMOD – Knowledge Park Godavari – Field Visit

12:00 – 12:45 : Conference Lunch

13:00 – 1400: All return by bus to Park Village Resort

14:00 – 15:55: Sustainable mountaineering – the Everest factor
(15:30 – 15:55: Coffee Break with photos )

16:00 – 17:15: Panel & discussion: 5 minutes each then facilitated discussion: Solutions on managing Everest

17:15 – 18:00: Q&A and discussions on managing Everest

18:00 – 19:30: Dinner and networking

19:30 – 20:15: Speaker 12: Keynote Everest issues and solutions

8:15pm – 8:30pm: Q&A and discussion facilitated by Dr Ganesh Gurung

  • ICIMOD
Day 4
09:00 AMDay 4

9:00 – 11:00: Outdoor Workshops

  • Workshop 1 Glacier impacts
  • Workshop 2 Forest user group issues
  • Workshop 3 Air pollution
  • Workshop 4 Himalayan climate mitigation at HCI

11:00 – 11:30: Coffee Break with film

11:30: Mountain regional cooperation

12:00 – 13:00: Cleaning up – regional mountain waste management solutions and innovations

13:00 – 14:00: Conference Lunch at Park Village Resort with film

14:00 – 16:00: Managing people and safety in mountain environments
(16:00 – 16:30: Coffee Break with film)

16:30 – 17:30: Session: Past achievements and future directions of SS2020

Closure of the Conference

18:30 – 19:30 : Invitational Drinks

19:30 – Closing Dinner

  • ICIMOD
Day 5
Day 5

Optional visit to Lhakura Bhanjjang with Ang Tshering Sherpa

Departure

The Logistics

ICIMOD is the venue with excellent physical and virtual online conference facilities for 150 physical guests, and convenient for Godavari field visits and access to Lakuri Bhanjang. The ICIMOD green campus is accessible for Nepali and Patan-based participants.

The dates 31 May to 4 June 2021 coincide with the lead up to COP 26 being held in Glasgow November 2021, and capitalise on the Everest spring mountaineering season.

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