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

1–4 December 2013 

Tentative Programme

Co-organized by

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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
    Old Canteen
  • 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:
    Kanchenjunga
    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