Kathmandu: 5th Sustainable Summits conference 2020 Nepal is to be held in Nepal from 1-5 June 2020 to showcase the country’s mountain environment, highlight climate change issues and bring international attention to Nepal’s mountain tourism.
Sustainable Summits Conference is supported by the Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 2020 initiative and high media interest are expected. Veteran mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Reinhold Messner, and UK broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle have agreed to be keynote speakers during the Sustainable summits conference.
This was disclosed during a press meet held in Kathmandu on Thursday. The main goal of the summit is to honor mountain voices and to promote increased understanding of the Himalaya as an “abode of the gods” said a press statement distributed during the press meet.
To provide a platform for issues from the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region to be discussed, debated and consolidated to influence policy and to have a unified voice in other global arenas., added the statement.
The statement further said the international summit is hosted by the Nepal Tourism Board under the Ministry of Culture Tourism & Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), as the lead organization and as a key Visit Nepal Year 2020 activity, closely supported by the Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities, ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development), Himalayan Climate Initiative and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), WWF Nepal, Petzl Foundation France, and Mountain Research Institute Bern.
The organizing committee consists of Ang Tshering Sherpa, Dr. Ganesh Gurung, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Prashant Singh, and Lisa Choegyal. Binit Shrestha is the event coordinator.
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 said the statement.
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