The closing plenary provided an opportunity to summarize the discussions as well as determine key actionable points and out comes from the summit that can be taken up by various institutions.
Ambica Shrestha, Chairperson, Dwarika’s Hotel: The very idea of Himalayan Consensus is very important for the region to develop. This should not just be the only time we talk about the Himalayan Consensus and it is not just us who should be talking about it. This concept should continue forward and engage more and more people in the discourse; because unless things are people oriented, success is difficult to attain. We have been calling ourselves poor but in fact we are the richest when it comes to culture and heritage. We do not appreciate what we have; and we tend to forget our nature and people. In reality, we need to work with these people, revive what we have and honor what we have not lost and make sure that we do not lose what we have left.
Del Christensen, Chief of Global Business Development,Bay Area Council in California: The world is connected; if we solve the problem here we might not have to solve the problem in the United States. We need to see what problems we have in common between the Himalayas and Sierras; we should have a Sierra Consensus and pulling together some of the great people and tie it to the Himalayas.
Leela Mani Paudyal, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Nepal: The development models led by Bretton Woods has failed to usher in the real development process. Hence, there is a need for a new paradigm where all policies, programs and projects we develop must be aligned with local knowledge, experience, resources and values.
Laurence Brahm, Founder of Himalayan Consensus Institute, China: Kathmandu will one day be the Davos of the Himalayan Consensus, where we will have an annual Himalayan Consensus Summit. The key actionable points that I would like to highlight are:
- The publication of a Himalayan Consensus Book documenting the discourse that took place during the two-day summit.
- Formation of Himalayan Renewables and Energy Efficiency Fund (HiREEF). This fund is to be led by Tim Gocher, Dolma Impact Fund and will work towards green energy and water conservation for the region.
- Formation of Himalayan Heritage and Sustainable Business Fund (HiHSUBF). This fund is to be led by Christopher Giercke, Altai Himalaya and will work towards heritage and cultural preservation.
- Formation of Himalayan Consensus Small Grant Project (HiCOS).
- The continuation of the discourse forward in the form of an annual summit—a Davos summit of the East.
- Documentary on the Himalayan Consensus by Celine Cousteau.