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