Himalayan Consensus Summit 2017

Himalayan Ideas – Global Prosperity

March 24 & 25, 2017

Himalayan Consensus Summit 2017 was a platform for global thought leaders ranging from innovators to people having access to capital to explore new opportunities to scale up sustainable, environment-friendly and social businesses.

It focused on development of alternative paradigms that suit the Himalayan context with discussions on issues such as, the need for insurance, access to finance for sustainable development, water conservation and mainstreaming renewable energy.

Proceedings Report Program Booklet
Himalayan Consensus Summit 2017

Program Outline

March 24 & 25, 2017 • Lalitpur

March 24March 25

8.30 am  |   Registration
9.20  am |   Everybody is Seated

9.30 – 11.00 am | Inaugural Session
The speakers will discuss how the Himalayan Consensus process applies Himalayan traditions towards contemporary challenges. It is consistent with China’s policy of “One Belt One Road” and India’s “Look East.” The focus of this year’s Summit will be to integrate innovative solutions of social entrepreneurs into globally relevant models that can harness business and finance to build capacity for green energy and water conservation. We call for the preservation of heritage as core to respecting local identity. Opening speakers will elaborate on Himalayan Consensus’s five integral principles of: identity, community, business, finance and environment; and how these can prevent violence and conflict from arising.

Speakers: Ambassador Dr Jorg Giovanni Frieden, Ambassador Yu Hong, Ambica Shrestha, Dasho Ugyen Tshewang, Franz Josef Hahn, Laurence Brahm, Mahendra Lama

11.00 – 11.30 am  |   Tea

11.30 am - 1.00 pm | Renewable Energy: Mainstreaming the Alternatives
Renewable energy, so far has been conceived as an alternative source of energy, but looking at current global trends, the alternative is gradually becoming the mainstream. This session will focus on showcasing innovations and grass root solutions at the community as well as international level; to support promotion and consumption of renewable energy. Renewable energy becomes commercially competitive when scaled. Decentralized local energy production can harness the power of Himalayan sunshine, empowering mountain communities with energy. In this session innovators will share their experiences and show us how renewable energy is the next business opportunity and mega-trend about to expand globally.

Speakers: Bhushan Tuladhar, Bibek Chapagain, Guneshwor Mahato, Vincent Wierda
Moderator: Arnico Panday

1.00 – 2.00 pm  |   Lunch

2.00 - 3.30 pm | Reimagining Water: From Home to Trans-boundary
There are numerous water bodies crossing the political borders of two or more countries, which create interdependencies between societies that rely on them for social and economic needs. As such there is a need for respective communities and countries to realize the importance of managing and preserving these resources. The issues around trans-boundary water resources require unprecedented regional cooperation and the ability to address conflicting interests. This session will explore the various mechanisms, and the importance of public-private partnership, to generate cooperation for trans-boundary water management and mitigate potential conflict.

Speakers: Ajaya Dixit, Mats Eriksson, Suman Shakya
Moderator: Celine Cousteau

3.30 – 4.00 pm  |   Tea

4.00 - 5.30 pm | Money Matters: Scaling the Solutions
Renewable energy technology and water conservation solutions require innovations and investments. Local and social entrepreneurs understand the needs of the people and are working to design and provide services and technologies accordingly on a larger scale with national or international financial support. In order to scale the solutions it is time to bring the global financial community to work with grass roots. We must recognize the business opportunity that renewable energy, water conservation offers. This session will explore how the financial sector can adopt the research and development of environmentalists and social entrepreneurs in order to scale up the solutions to make renewable energy and clean water available to everyone.

Speakers: Allen Cheng, Bidhyabaridhi Sigdel, Christopher Flensborg, Eckart Roth
Moderator: Sujeev Shakya

6.00 pm  |   Dinner

8. 30 – 9.30 am  |   Networking/Media Meets

9.30 - 11.00 am | Empowering Communities through Conservation
Affirmed identity requires community empowerment, just as a tree needs water on its roots. This session will focus on conservation as a business and how communities can be empowered in the process. Conservation of heritage helps in creating a sense of ownership among local communities and developing a shared identity. Moreover, restoration and maintenance of heritage also builds the knowledge of locals about their culture, enhancing their skills to engage in preservation, subsequently generating employment and income and promoting cultural tourism in the long run.

Speakers: Cas de Stoppelaar, Hon Wai Wai, Shruti Poddar, Thomas Schrom, Tshering Tashi
Moderator: Gregory Tanaka

11.00 – 11.30 am   |   Tea

11.30 am - 1.00 pm | Community Empowerment through Social Innovation
Community resilience significantly depends on local empowerment. This requires easier access to capital, retention of capital locally, and applied technology to social innovation for a range of areas from agriculture to health. Community innovation coupled with sufficient finances, local produce, artisan creativity, social and health programs, can be crucial in building the capacities of communities and empowering them. This session is not about monolithic globalization but diversified localization.

Speakers: Michael Kobold, Narayan Dhakal, Pushkar Shrestha, Ryan Nadeau, Viktor Andersson
Moderator: Tze-wei Ng

1.00 – 2.00 pm   |   Lunch

2.00 - 3.30 pm | Mitigating Future Conflicts and Moving Towards Shared Commitments
Conflict generally arises from economic disempowerment and identity marginalization. Resources such as, energy, water and community are core pillars in preventing future conflict. This final panel of our program will integrate findings of previous sessions concerning environment and renewable energy, trans-boundary water and conservation, the role of finance, conservation and identity, and the power of community social innovation in seeking pragmatic and progressive ways of preventing conflict.

Speakers: Christian Manhart, Daniel Taylor, Kamran Lashari, Sun Yuxi
Moderator: Laurence Brahm

3.30 – 4.00 pm   |   Tea

4.00 - 5.30 pm | Closing Session
The closing session will include announcements of achieved outcomes of HCS 2016 and new commitments of HCS 2017. The closing statements will focus on the core principle of Himalayan Consensus i.e. conflict does not arise due to clashes among civilizations, religious or cultural. Conflict is caused by economic disempowerment and identity marginalization. When both occur, there will be conflict. Conflict in the Himalayan region, could unleash refugee crisis surpassing anything Europe has seen to date. In this era of global volatility there is an urgent need for dialogue and action to reduce climate disruption and protect communities to reduce the probability of conflict from arising. The Himalayan Consensus as a convening process can serve as an effective second track dialogue toward mediation and prevention of conflict.

Speakers: Ambassador Kjell Tormod Pettersen, Celine Cousteau, Christopher Flensborg, Daniel Taylor, David Molden, Eckart Roth, Hon Wai Wai, Laurence Brahm, Mahendra Shrestha, Renaud Meyer, Ryan Nadeau, Sujeev Shakya, Sun Yuxi

Our Speakers

Ajaya Dixit

Allen T. Cheng

Ambica Shrestha

Arnico Panday

Bhushan Tuladhar

Bibek Chapagain

Bidhyabaridhi Sigdel

Cas De Stoppelaar

Celine Cousteau

Christian Manhart

Christopher Flensborg

Daniel C Taylor

Dasho Ugyen Tshewang

David Molden

Eckart Roth

Franz Josef Hahn

Gregory k. Tanaka

Guneshwar Prasad Mahato

Hon Wai Wai

Jörg Giovanni Frieden

Kamran Lashari

Kjell Tormod Pettersen

Kurt Luger

Laurence J. Brahm

Mahendra K. Shrestha

Mahendra Lama

Mats Eriksson

Michael Kobold

Narayan Dhakal

Pushkar Shrestha

Renaud Meyer

Ryan Nadeau

Shruti Nada Poddar

Sujeev Shakya

Suman Shakya

Sun Yuxi

Thomas Schrom

Tshering Tashi

Tze Wei Ng

Viktor Andersson

Vincent Wierda

Yu Hong

Our Sponsors & Partners

Altai Himalaya
Swiss Embassy
Himalayan General Insurance
Peak Re
The Asia Foundation

Four Season
Himlayan rush
Hotel Himalayan
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