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ICIMOD events on 9 Nov at the Cryosphere Pavilion

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The #HKH2Glasgow campaign amplifies mountain voices to promote ambitious climate action globally and in the HKH. It is supported by three work packages: evidence, policy engagement, and strategic communication and engagement.
The campaign aims to:

Promote ambitious climate action for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) at COP26

Scale up investment in mountain-specific priorities


Statement at the resumed high-level segment at COP26

The Hindu Kush Himalaya, which is spread across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan is often referred to as the third pole, since it contains the largest ice mass outside of the two polar regions. It is the water tower of Asia and contains the headwaters of 10 major Asian rivers.

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Press release

The time to act is now: There are mountains of opportunity for climate action in the HKH

Nepal PM endorses, others states support framework to scale up climate smart investment in six mountain-specific priorities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

In a high-level event at the ongoing 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

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Asks – Our key messages

With this campaign, we are generating interest around three key messages from the HKH region based on a review of priorities of HKH countries (as reflected in the HKH Call to Action); climate policies and COVID recovery packages; and consultative engagement with key stakeholders of ICIMOD. These three key messages, or asks, are as follows:

Pulse of the planet

Recognize the HKH as the pulse of the planet - a region that is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

Mountains of opportunity

Invest in mountain-specific climate priorities to enhance the resilience of mountain communities

Power of 8

Harness the strength of the 8 HKH countries to enhance regional and international cooperation for climate action

The HKH and climate action

2020–2030 is an important decade for climate action. At COP26, Parties to the UNFCCC will communicate their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to limit warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels; increase their ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change; and make finance flows consistent with climate-resilient and low-carbon development pathways.

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HKH2Glasgow: An urgent call for climate action for the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The clock is ticking, particularly for the HKH, as it hurtles towards an irreversible climate crisis. The Pulse of the Planet is becoming weaker.


COVID-19 and green recovery in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The COVID-19 and climate crises are monumental global challenges. But when tackled in tandem through the prism of sustainable and resilient development…


Climate priorities and action in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

In the truest of senses, the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is the pulse of the planet. Being on top of the world, changes happen here before they happen anywhere else.



HKH2Glasgow: Promoting Ambitious Climate Action for the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Nanki Kaur, Deepshikha Sharma, Pradyumna J.B. Rana, Udayan Mishra, Arun B. Shrestha, Izabella Koziell, Pema Gyamtsho

In November 2021, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) met in Glasgow, UK, to deliver on the ambitions set out in the Paris Agreement.

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HKH2Glasgow Promoting Ambitious Climate Action for the Hindu Kush Himalayas


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Road to COP26

We are working with three stakeholder groups to design, promote, and deliver the three messages through the #HKH2Glasgow campaign:

We work with stakeholders in the RMCs to design, promote, and implement ambitious climate action in the HKH. Specific stakeholder groups in this category include:

  1. HKH High-Level Task Force members to review the progress of the HKH Call to Action and promote climate action
  2. UNFCCC National Focal Points to identify actions relevant to the HKH and areas of regional cooperation, and to amplify mountain voices in regional and global platforms (including UNFCCC processes, subsidiary bodies, and others)
  3. HKH Ministers and HKH Ambassadors to strengthen climate diplomacy to promote and deliver ambitious climate action
  4. Youth from the HKH and beyond to promote youth perspectives in mountain agenda for climate action

We work with the COP26 Presidency and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to promote mountain voices and ambitious climate action in the HKH. This includes strategic engagement with the following:

  1. Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith (Minister for Pacific and the Environment, UK)
  2. Rt Hon Alok Sharma (COP26 President)
  3. Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for COP26)
  4. Lord Tariq Ahmad (Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, UK)
  5. Ken O’Flaherty (Regional Ambassador for Asia Pacific and South Asia)

We work with friends of the HKH to amplify and support the implementation of ambitious climate action in the region. This includes work with:

  1. RMC governments
  2. Development partners
  3. Private sector entities supportive of low-carbon and climate-resilient targets
  4. Financial institutions – central banks and climate funds


The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is proud to support this campaign on Transforming Agricultural Innovation for people, nature, and climate.

Sustainable mountain agriculture is critical for resilient and inclusive development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Over the last two decades, mountain communities have become increasingly dependent on external food supplies and distant income sources.

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