Signing of MoU between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) and ICIMOD

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On 5 August 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Dr Krishna Chandra Poudel, Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), and Dr David Molden, Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Signing of MoU between ICIMOD and MoSTE
Photo: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

This MoU will formalize the collaboration between MoSTE and ICIMOD towards meeting the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Nepal and the rest of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region.

MoSTE is the focal ministry of the government of Nepal for environmental matters. It serves as the focal point for the UNFCCC, UNEP and other multilateral environmental agreements and organizations. ICIMOD, which is based in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Much of ICIMOD’s research focuses on the science of climate change and adaptation. 

This collaboration will promote synergy between the two institutions for addressing the issues of climate change and adaptation in the HKH region. The areas of focus include technical support and capacity development, knowledge development support, networking support, and planning and coordination. The MoU is valid for three years.