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ICIMOD is participating in several key international meetings this December in Madrid, Spain, during the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) at the UN Climate Change Conference. At this global gathering, ICIMOD will organize several events at the Cryosphere Pavilion as a part of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Focus Day on 11 December 2019. ICIMOD will also co-host a side event with the Government of Austria, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Alpine Convention on 11 December 2019.
Adaptation and Resilience Building
Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN)
02 December 2019 to
13 December 2019
The first HKH Assessment report warned that even 1.5°C is too hot for the HKH region and
will lead to the loss of one-third of the region’s glacier volume by the year 2100. This session
will discuss the key findings of the HKH Assessment report related to the HKH cryosphere
and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)Special Report on Cryosphere and Oceans in a
Changing Climate (SROCC) findings on high-mountain areas pertaining to the
HKH. Through presentations and panel discussions, the session will address the overarching question
on how to increase climate urgency and ambition to ensure global warming is kept well below 1.5°C by
Even 1.5°C is too hot for the HKH: Key findings from the HKH Assessment
The voice of the HKH in the IPCC SROCC
Tackling air pollution in the HKH and its links with the HKH cryosphere
Panel discussion with
Moderator: David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD
Panel: HKH ministers, high-level delegates, and representatives from
Interaction with audience
Summarizing key messages and vote of thanks
Extending 3, 500 km over eight countries, from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east and crossing Pakistan, India, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, the HKH is one of the world’s greatest mountain systems: home to the world’s highest peaks, unique cultures, diverse flora and fauna, and a vast reserve of natural resources. The HKH directly supports the livelihoods of over 240 million people living in its hills and mountains, and it yields many benefits to the 1.65 billion people living downstream. As the source of 10 major Asian rivers, the HKH provides essential resources, especially water and biodiversity, to 1.9 billion people. Its waters irrigate the grain baskets of Asia.
The HKH is a vital regional lifeline, but human drivers and climate change pose grave and immediate threats to the region’s livelihoods, biodiversity, and ultimately sustainability. Changes on the rooftop of the world are having and will continue to have major consequences, not only for the region but globally. Local, national, regional, and global actions are urgently needed to sustain this global asset, focusing on substantially increased investments and more robust regional cooperation for sustaining mountain environments and improving livelihoods in the HKH and concerted action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2100.
Based on the key findings of the HKH Assessment report, published (Springer Nature 2019) and released early this year, the HKH Call to Action has been developed as a roadmap for the future of the HKH region. The HKH Assessment report concludes that we know enough to take action, and that action is urgently needed. Through a series of HKH Call to Action Consultations in ICIMOD’s regional member countries held from April to November 2019, the key findings and main messages of the HKH Assessment report and the HKH Call to Action were shared with a larger audience with the aim of building momentum for more robust regional cooperation and a roadmap for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the mountains. During these consultations, think tanks, senior experts, and high-level decision makers discussed the key findings of the HKH Assessment report, debated and validated its Call to Action, and charted a way forward for more robust regional cooperation around mountains to sustain this globally critical region.
Specifically, the HKH Call to Action Country Consultations used the multi-stakeholder platform to share the key findings of the HKH Assessment report, solicited inputs on the HKH Call to Action for integration with national and regional priorities and jointly identify and develop the road map for the HKH Call to Action to promote the mountain agenda. The response to both the HKH Assessment report and the HKH Call to Action has been very positive and has been leading to increased ownership of the HKH Call to Action in the HKH countries.