The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in collaboration with partners including the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), is convening a High Mountain Summit (HMS) to foster high-level dialogue and engage decision makers and local actors to develop a roadmap to science-based, user-driven knowledge and information systems. This roadmap will support sustainable development and risk reduction in mountain and downstream regions.
Water and Air
River Basins and Cryosphere
Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN)
World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
29 October 2019 to
31 October 2019
Mandira Singh Shrestha & Anna Sinisalo
A series of six segments will lead to the final outcome of the summit: a Call for Action on High Mountain Weather, Climate, and Water; a roadmap of activities and potential engagements; and the identification of two to three priority pilot projects.
A delegation from ICIMOD comprising the Director General and senior scientists will be speaking during different sessions at the summit.
ICIMOD will also organize a side event on “Cryosphere and society in the Hindu Kush Himalaya” at the HMS. The side event will share and discuss key messages from the “International forum on the cryosphere and society: The voice of the HKH” held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in August 2019 to amplify the voice of the HKH in the context of the HMS and highlight the HKH Call to Action.
Segment 1: Drivers for action
The societal benefits and urgency of coordinated and sustainable hydrometeorological and climate services in high mountain regions, and linkages to the post-2015 agenda for global policy
Date and time: Tuesday, 29 October 2019; 09:30–12:30
Venue: Salle Obasi, WMO, Geneva, Switzerland
Speaker from ICIMOD:David Molden
Segment 2: Stakeholders and needs
Identifying priority user needs for socially relevant, urgently needed knowledge and information in support of risk reduction in mountain and downstream regions, adaptation to climate change, and sustainable development of mountain regions
Date and time: Tuesday, 29 October 2019; 14:30–17:30
Panel member from ICIMOD: Mandira Shrestha
Segment 3: Closing the capacity gap
Prerequisites for closing the capacity gap on user-oriented and fit-for-purpose prediction and services for weather, hydrology, and climate in changing mountain environments
Time and date: 30 October 2019, 09:00–10:40
Panel member from ICIMOD: Ghulam Rasul
Side event 1:Cryosphere and society in the Hindu Kush Himalaya
Location: Salle C2, WMO, Geneva, Switzerland
Date and time: 30 October 2019, 12:00–13:30 P.M CEST
The side event on “Cryosphere and society in the Hindu Kush Himalaya” at the High Mountain Summit (HMS) will share and discuss key messages from the forum to amplify the voice of the HKH in the context of the HMS and highlight the HKH Call to Action.