Poverty Conference

International conference on

Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Forging regional partnerships to enable transformative change 

Organized by National Planning Commission, Nepal and ICIMOD 

Kathmandu, Nepal

 

1 December 2013 (Sunday)
Opening Plenary Session
15:00-16:00 Inaugural Programme
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15:00-15:05 Welcome Address:
David Molden, DG, ICIMOD
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15:05-15:10 Lighting of the Panas (Lamp)
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15:10-15:15 About the Conference:
Eklabya Sharma, DPO, ICIMOD
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15:15-15:20 Remarks from the Conference Supporters:
Roland Streurer, Country Director, GIZ Nepal
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15:20-15:40 Conference Keynote Address:
Phrang Roy, Chair, NESFAS, India and Coordinator, Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty
Realising the Future We Want: Why Should Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas Matter for Global Sustainable Development?
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15:40-15:45 Remarks from the Session Chair & Co-organiser:
Dr Rabindra K Shakya, Vice Chair, Nepal Planning Commission, Nepal
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15:45 – 15:55 Address by Chief Guest:
Rt. Hon’ble Dr Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal
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15:55- 16:00 Vote of Thanks:
Dhrupad Choudhury, Conference Convenor & Regional Programme Manager
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16:00-16:45 Tea break Opposite to Marquee (Tent)
16:45-18:45 High Level Policy Panel:
Realising the Future We All Want: Why is Sustainable Mountain Development Critical for National Development Agendas?

Panellists:
  • H.E. Raz Mohammad Raz, Deputy Minister, MAIL, Afghanistan
  • H.E. Dr Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Prime Minister, Bangladesh
  • Prof Wei Fangqiang, Deputy Director, Chengdu INH, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Dr Mihir Shah, Member, Planning Commission, India
  • Dr Rabindra K Shakya, Vice Chair, Planning Commission, Nepal
  • Ms Shoko Noda, UNDP Country Director, Nepal
  • Moderation: Dr David Molden, DG, ICIMOD
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19:00 Reception Dinner ICIMOD Cafeteria
2nd December 2013
Defining the Contours of a Sustainable Mountain Development Agenda
08:45-10:30 Opening Plenary Session : Session Chair - Dr Andreas Schlid, Former DG, ICIMOD Kanchenjunga
Thematic Keynote addresses
  • The challenges of addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas
    • Dr Mihir Shah, Member, Planning Commission, India
    • Dr RS Tolia, NTPC Chair, Centre for Public Policy, Doon University, India(Discussant)
  • Effective Targeting of Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas
    • Dr Ganesh Thapa, Regional Economist, Asia Pacific Region,IFAD
    • Ateeq ur Rehman, Chief, Poverty, Planning and Development Commission, Pakistan (Discussant)
Discussions
10:30-10:50 Sneak preview:
Documentary on Gender
Kanchenjunga
10:50-11:20 Tea Break Roof Top Terrace
11:20-13:00 Parallel sessions:
  • Inclusive social development I: Gender dimensions

Session Chair: Dr Margaret Catley-Carlson (member PAC, ICIMOD BoG)

Thematic Keynote Speaker: Ms Chandni Joshi, Nepal

Discussants:
  • Sharmind Neelomi, Bangladesh
  • Manjari Mehta, India
  • Ms Naushin Mahmood, Pakistan
Everest
  • Inclusive social development II: The Challenges for Including the Excluded – Indigenous Communities and Marginalised Groups

Session Chair: Mr Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura (Secretary, MoCHTA, Bangladesh & member, ICIMOD BoG)

Thematic Keynote Speaker: Mr Phrang Roy, Chair, NESFAS, India

Discussants:
  • Ms Jarjum Ete, India
  • Daw Kyi Kyi, Myanmar
  • Izhar Hunzai, Pakistan
Nanda Devi
  • Labour Migration and Remittances: Challenges and Opportunities for driving Sustainable Mountain Development
    Session Chair: Dr R S Tolia (NTPC Chair, Centre for Public Policy, Doon University, India)

    Thematic Keynote Speaker: Professor Abrar Chowdhury, Bangladesh

    Discussants:
    • Anmol Jain, India
    • Daw Kyi Kyi, Myanmar
    • Izhar Hunzai, Pakistan
Old Canteen
13:00-14:00 Lunch Bhutan Pavilion
14.00-15.30 Parallel sessions:
  • Managing Climate Change: Managing Climate Change in the Himalayas: Should Mainstreaming Adaptation or Loss and Damage be the priority for the HKH?

Session Chair: Dr Asuncion Lera St-Clair, CICERO, Norway

Thematic Keynote Speaker: Dr Atiq Rahman, BCAS, Bangladesh

Discussants:
  • Tamer Afifi, UNU-EHS, Bonn
  • Ghulam Mohd Malikyar, DDG, NEPA, Afghanistan
  • Thinley Namgeyl, NEC, Bhutan
  • Batu Upreti, Nepal
  • Muhammad Azim, DG, NARC, Pakistan
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  • Environmental Sustainability: Harnessing Mountain Goods and Services for addressing Poverty and Vulnerability- Ensuring inclusive development and environmental sustainability

Session Chair: Dr Bruno Messerli, Switzerland
Thematic Keynote Speaker: Dr Jian Liu, Director, International Ecosystem Management Partnership, UNEP & IGRS, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Discussants:
  • Keyvan Izadi, SNV Bhutan
  • Muhammad Younus Dagha, Chief Secretary, Gilgit-Balistan, Pakistan
  • Chandan Khanna, IIFM, India
Everest
  • Inclusive Economic Development: Potential Macro-economic Approaches for Mountain Development

Session Chair: Dr Jeffrey Campbell

Thematic Keynote Speaker: Dr Hermann Kreutzmann, Germany

Discussants:
  • Abdul Raheem Daud, Program Manager, NABDP, Afghanistan
  • Weiming Zhang, China
  • Syed Said Badshah Bukhari, Secretary, Finance, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • Sahadev Thapa, GNHC, Bhutan
Nanda Devi
15:30-16:00 Tea Break Roof Top Terrace
16:00-17:30 Policy Panel II:
Kanchenjunga
Translating Science to Policy and Practice for Reducing Development Disparities: Challenges in accommodating Mountain Development priorities within the National Development Agenda

Panellists:
  • Dr Javid Ahmad Qaem, DG, MAIL, Afghanistan
  • Sonam Tobgyal, GNHC, Bhutan
  • Professor Dong Suicheng, China
  • Dr Asad Ali Khan, Secretary, Planning & Development, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • Dr Rabindra K Shakya, Vice Chair, Planning Commission, Nepal
  • Dr Asuncion Lera St Clair, CICERO
  • Dr Paul Desanker, UNFCCC
  • Moderation: Dr Lynn Bennett, Visiting Scientist, ICIMOD
3rd December 2013
Identifying the Development Enablers for the Himalayas - Lessons from Across the Region
08:45-10:00 Plenary Sessions: I
Kanchenjunga
What Fosters Community Innovations? Good Practices from Across the Region highlighting Actors and Factors
Session Chair: Dr Gabriel Campbell, TMI and former DG, ICIMOD
  • On Farm Water Management: Fahimullah Ziaee, MAIL, Afghanistan
  • AKRSP, Pakistan: Ghulam Amin Beg, AKRSP
  • IID, Myanmar: Joern Kristensen, Director, IID
  • Grassroots, India: Anita Paul, Grassroots, Ranikhet, India
  • High Value Agriculture Project: Hari Prasad Gurung, IFAD-HVAP, Nepal
15:30-16:00 Tea Break Roof Top Terrace
10:30-10:50

Sneak preview:

Documentary on Value Chain

Kanchenjunga
10:50-13:00 Plenary Sessions: II
Kanchenjunga
Approaches at Local levels and Upscaling initiatives- ICIMOD's Experiences from the Region
Session Chair: Roland Streurer, Country Director, GIZ Nepal
  • Co-management in Rangelands: Experiences from China: Md Ismail & Professor Chen Taixiang, SGSA, China
  • The Himalayan Beekeeping Project: Experiences from India.: Dr Uma Pratap & Dr Harish K Sharma, Y S Parmar University, Solan, India
  • Enhancing Incomes & Diversifying Livelihoods through Value Chains: Dr Dyutiman Choudhury & Dr R B S Rawat, PCCF, Government of Uttarakhand, India
  • Grassroots, India: Anita Paul, Grassroots, Ranikhet, India
  • Strengthening Local Support Service Delivery Mechanisms: Community led Veterinary Healthcare services: Dr Dhrupad Choudhury & Augustus Suting, Integrated Basin Development Programme, Government of Meghalaya, India
13:00-14:00 Lunch Bhutan Pavilion
14:00-15:30 Plenary Sessions: III
Kanchenjunga
Insights from regional member Countries- National initiatives and programmes
Session Chair: Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen, Secretary, MAF, Bhutan
  • Bangladesh: Mr Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, Secretary, MCHTA, Bangladesh
  • Nepal: Poverty Alleviation Fund - Ram Babu Shrestha, PAF, Nepal (tbc)
  • India: Integrated Basin Development Programme (IBDP), Meghalaya : Pankaj Jain
  • Pakistan: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) – Ms Samreen Zahra, BISP
15:30-15:45 Tea Break Roof Top Terrace
15:45-17:00 Dialogue Forum:
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Business as Usual or inclusive Business as a pivotal Enabler? Engaging the private Sector as Responsible Partners in inclusive Development for the HKH Region

Panellists:
  • Mr Suraj Vaidhya, President, Federation of Nepal Chamber Commerce and Industry
  • Mr Ashok Nair, Vice President, Content Operation, RML, India
  • Prof Wei Fangqiang, Deputy Director, Chengdu INH, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Mr U Wing Aung, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Honorable Curtis S. Chin, Former US Ambassador to ADB Member of the Board
  • Mr Shaban Khalid, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce
  • Moderator: Ms Leena Wokeck, CSR Asia
17:00-18:00 Policy Panel III:
Kanchenjunga
Defining the Development Enablers for the Hindu Kush Himalayan Countries - What lessons can be derived from the different Initiatives in the Region for defining policy action for scaling up of good practices?

Panellists:
  • H.E. Raz Mohammad Raz, Deputy Minister, MAIL, Afghanistan
  • Mr Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, Secretary, MCHTA, Bangladesh
  • Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen, Secretary, MAF, Bhutan
  • Prof Sanjoy Hazarika, India
  • Dr Rabindra Shakya, Vice Chair, Nepal Planning Commission, Nepal
  • Dr Malik Zahoor Ahmed, Pakistan
  • Dr Manfred Haebig, GIZ India
  • Session Moderator: Phrang Roy, Chair, NESFAS
4th December 2013
Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas: Forging Regional Partnerships and Defining the Contours of Action
08:45-10:45 Poster  and Market Place Session:
Young Professionals and Institutions
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(Poster and Market Place open throughout the day)
10:45-11:10 Tea Break Roof Top Terrace
11:10-11:30 Sneak preview:
Documentary on Bridging the information Gap for improving service delivery at local levels
Kanchenjunga
11:30-13:30 Concluding plenary Kanchenjunga
Building Consensus on the salient features of the Contours of a Post-2015 Mountain Development Agenda and defining the Development Enablers- Plenary Discussions on Conference Conclusions
(Moderator: Dr Eklabya Sharma, DPO, ICIMOD)
13:30-14:30 Lunch break Bhutan Pavilion
14:30-16:00 Closing plenary Kanchenjunga
Towards the Future We want in the Hindu Kush Himalayas: Strengthening Partnerships and Regional Cooperation for Enabling Transformative Changes of the Mountain People in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (Moderator: Dr David Molden, DG, ICIMOD)
Conference recommendations and the Way Forward
16:00 High Tea Roof Top Terrace