mountaineers will come together at Copenhagen on the occasion of International
Mountain Day (11 December 2009) to raise awareness on impacts of Climate
Change in the Himalayas. Hon’ble Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation Mr.
Deepak Bohara unveiled the plans for the Summiteers' Summit today. Government
of Nepal is leading the efforts supported by several partner organizations
namely ICIMOD, NTNC, NTB, NMA, the World Bank, WWF. Several other
organizations including those working for the Himalayan cause are likely to
join the efforts. Business affinity groups like FNCCI, CNI and Bankers'
Association will also be invited to support the event.
Climate Change has hit
hard the Himalayas in general and Nepal in
particular. Its effects are being manifested in different forms some of them
being rapid increase in the size of glacial lakes, erratic monsoon patterns
and unprecedented forest fires. Although being one of the least Green House
Gas (GHG) emitting countries in the world, Nepal ranks among one of the most
vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. This fact largely
remains unrepresented in the global climate debate so far.
Government of Nepal and
agencies concerned with the impacts of Climate Change in the
Himalayas, and its knock-on
effect on the population of downstream countries have been spearheading
substantive efforts to raise this issue at appropriate global platforms.
Notable among them is WWF's Climate for Life campaign and the recent Kathmandu
to Copenhagen Regional Climate Change Conference hosted by the Government of
Many high profile events
have been planned across Europe to build up interest in this important event on International Mountain
Day. World renowned mountaineers and public figures who love the
Himalayas will come together in Copenhagen
to raise awareness of climate risks and opportunities in the Himalayas. A
street carnival in the streets of Copenhagen will see hundreds of summiteers
and friends of Nepal raising their voice for the Himalayas.
Mountaineers Apa Sherpa and Dawa Steven Sherpa, both of whom have been working
tirelessly with WWF’s Climate For Life Campaign for the last several months,
will be representing Nepal at the summit and the many preceding activities.
For further information:
Siddhartha Bajracharya, Executive Office, NTNC
T: 5526571 E:
Sanjib Chaudhary, Communications Officer.
T: 443 4820 E :
Event Secretariat: NTNC, Jawalakhel, Kathamndu