ICIMOD at World Mountain Forum 2016 – ‘Mountains for Our Future’



The World Mountain Forum (WMF) 2016 will take place Mbale, Uganda presenting an opportunity for mountain stakeholders to share past activities experiences in sustainable mountain development (SMD) and to discuss future challenges and opportunities for SMD. Referring to the recommendations made during the last WMF 14 in Peru, conclusions of on-going international policy processes including climate change negotiation and new sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be examined.


WMF 2016 outcomes are expected to inform the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and guide interventions in mountain areas at local, national and international levels. WMF 2016 will also offer an opportunity for mountain countries to discuss how to effectively implement decisions from climate change negotiations and the post-2015 agenda for sustainable mountain development.


The 2016 WMF theme is ‘Mountains for our Future’ with the following sub-themes:

  1. Mountains and Climate Change 
  2. Mountain Communities and Livelihoods 
  3. Mountain Ecosystem Services 
  4. Sustainable Mountain Agriculture

ICIMOD at World Mountain Forum 2016

ICIMOD is proud to be part of WMF 2016 as a co-organiser. Eklabya Sharma, Director of Programme Operations at ICIMOD, will lead a four member delegation to the event including senior managers and professionals with relevant thematic expertise from programme and knowledge management and communications. ICIMOD will lead the organisation of the ‘Mountains and Climate Change’ session, and will present a keynote speech providing an overview on global climate concerns with specific focus on the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. 

In addition, ICIMOD will facilitate the session ‘Mountain Communities and Livelihoods’, have an exhibit booth displaying videos and information on climate change impacts, vulnerability, policy measures, adaptation actions with a special focus on mountains, climate change and livelihoods. 

For more information, contact Udayan Mishra (). Event details are available at: http://wmf.mtnforum.org/WMF16/en 

You can also join the conversation on social media at #WMF_2016.

Session details are listed below. We look forward to seeing you all at World Mountain Forum in Mbale, Uganda.





17 October 2016

[09:00 – 11:00]
WMF core group meeting

[14:00 – 18:00]
special Africa mountain event

[18:00 – 19:00]
cocktail and welcome drinks

[19:00 – 20:00]
theme leaders preparatory meeting


18 October 2016

[08:00 – 10:30]
opening session

[10:30 – 11:00]
THEME 1: Mountains and climate change

keynote: Overview on global situation with specific focus on Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Eklabya Sharma, Director Programme Operations, ICIMOD

[13:40 – 16:00]
THEME 2: Mountain communities & livelihoods
session facilitation by ICIMOD and ARCOS

[19:00 – 20:00]
SIDE EVENT 1: Assessing sustainable mountain development
presentation from ICIMOD


19 October 2016

[08:00 – 09:30]
technical wrap up session and special poster session

[10:00 – 13:00]
high level segment – Mountains and development agenda

launch of ICIMOD publication – ‘Towards an Integrated Approach to Nutrition Security in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region’

[14:00 – 17:00]
forum conclusion and closing ceremony


20 October 2016

field visit