HCS 2017: INAUGURAL SESSION: Franz J. Hahn, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peak Re, Hong Kong

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To ensure sustainable economic and social development of a community, one can help communities during a fast economic development process by combining community work with profit. Sustainable economy and social development bear long-term profit which cannot be measured in quarterly outcome. When we have rapid economic development then something in the community is being uprooted.

HCS 2017: Inaugural Session: Dr. Jorg Giovanni Frieden, His Excellency Swiss Ambassador to Nepal

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In case of Nepal, two principles – communities and environment – are already well anchored. 2015 Earth-quakes were a devastating experience, but everybody who experienced it witnessed incredible solidarity among the people during those days. It was a manifestation of how strong communities are spread across the country and among different ethnicities. The same is for environment.

HCS 2017: INAUGURAL SESSION: Ambica Shrestha, Chairperson, Dwarika’s Hotel, Nepal

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The Himalayan Consensus Summit is one where we find ideas, put them together and share to resolve conflict. The Himalayan region should come together regardless of borders, and religion; religion should not be a basis for conflict as none of the religions call for violence. There is no conflict in human development as conflict arises when people do not have the means to satisfy their needs. The 2015 Gorkha earthquake resulted in the loss of thousands of heritage sites and tangible heritage; which, if not fixed quickly, leads to loss of intangible ones.

HCS 2017: Inaugural Session: Laurence Brahm, Founder, Chair, Himalayan Consensus Institute

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Conflict often arises from a chronic economic disempowerment of people and marginalization of their identity. With the current global climate being volatile and vulnerable, the importance of this has grown immensely. There is a need to promote economics that emphasizes on the integrity of planetary eco-systems, and this could be done through financial instruments such as green bonds. The emergences of new paradigms have come into place with countries like China commencing the “One Belt One Road” initiative and India’s “Look East” policy. Meanwhile, the impending climate change should lead to promotion of policies that cater to businesses focusing on climate and environmental integrity.

HCS 2017: RENEWABLE ENERGY: MAINSTREAMING THE ALTERNATIVES

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This session stressed on the need for a holistic approach to deal with issues regarding renewable energy. There are various sources of alternative energy and their efficient use should be promoted. The session explored the emergence of solar and wind as renewable energy ventures with enormous growth potentials, the need for better energy storage technology as well as the need for a people-centric approach to transport management.