HCS 2018 Outcomes
The Himalayan Consensus Summit 2018 ended with some positive and concrete outcomes. Nicholas Rosellini, Resident Coordinator of United Nations China, on behalf of the UNDP China Country Regional Office announced the Silk Road Dialogues as a policy platform to convene think tanks in an effort to integrate constructive ideas toward resolving potential conflict and preventing crisis. Other visionary proposals included Former Indian Foreign Secretary, Nirupama Rao, making an impassioned call for the drafting of a Himalayan Charter and David J. Molden, Director General of ICIMOD Nepal, suggesting the need for a Himalayan Council for governments to meet directly on issues of environmental concern requiring collaboration and coordination.
Silk Spice Road Dialogue
The Silk Spice Road Dialogues (SSRD) were established as a UNDP- Himalayan Consensus initiative to promote policy dialogue among nations of the Belt and Road (BNR) in the interest of enhancing collaborative synergies. The concept of SSRD was first initiated during HCS 2017 by Ambassador Sun Yuxi of China; and Professor Mahendra Lama, Member of Eminent Persons Group from India on Nepal-India relations. At HCS 2018, the idea further evolved to include a consortium of regional think tanks that could engage in open discourse on issues through policy dialogues making recommendations to respective governments.