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ICIMOD at UNFCCC COP26 - #HKH2Glasgow: Promoting ambitious climate action for the Hindu Kush Himalaya




Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Date & Time

31 October 2021 to 12 November 2021

ICIMOD is participating in several key international meetings this November in Glasgow, UK, during the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) 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 9 November 2021.

As an intergovernmental organization with observer status accorded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ICIMOD will also closely observe the main proceedings and negotiations that take place during the plenary sessions.

ICIMOD’s engagements at the COP26

All times listed are in UK Time

ICIMOD online exhibit

Accessible to all participants registered on the COP26 virtual platform

ICIMOD, as an observer to the UNFCCC, will closely observe the proceedings of this summit


10:00–11:00 (UK time)

Basanta Shrestha to attend and speak.

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15:00–16:00 (Chatham House Climate Risk and Security Pavilion at COP26)

Arun Bhakta Shrestha to speak on Nepal’s exposure to glacial lakes outburst floods (GLOF)

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Pradyumna Rana to attend and moderate a discussion


A dialogue for exchanging information on the state of the global climate system and developments in systematic observation

13:15–14:45 (poster session)

The themes for the Day are

  • Updates on Earth observation of the climate system and climate change
  • Interpreting Earth observations for implementing the Paris Agreement – developments, opportunities, and challenges

Miriam Jackson, and Mandira Singh Shrestha to make virtual presentations.


17:00–18:00 | Pakistan Pavilion

Hosted by Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan and ICIMOD

This event will showcase the successful transition of Pakistan’s traditional, unregulated brick sector into a formal, responsible sector that is setting an example in mitigating transboundary air pollution through adoption of cleaner zig-zag technology that also has social and economic benefits.

Pema Gyamtsho to attend and speak.

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11:30-12:30 | Capacity building hub, CO26

Learning Café on communicating indigenous and ancestral knowledge for climate actions in Amazonia, Andes and Hindu-Kush Himalaya

Jointly hosted by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development – Himalayan University Consortium (ICIMOD-HUC), and Organización Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas Andinas y Amazónicas del Perú (ONAMIAP)

Udayan Mishra to attend and speak, and Chi Huyen Truong (Shachi) to moderate the session together with IGES.

11:45–12:55 UK GMT | Resilience Hub, COP26

Resilience from Source to Sea in South Asia

The event showcases resilience interventions being delivered from ‘Source to Sea’ in South Asia with an emphasis on scaling up practical solutions and bringing in civil society and community voices to show that local adaptation works and can be scaled. It will be anchored in the Resilience Hub at COP26 and will be a virtual event ‘stopping in’ at various points from the high mountains to the plains and sea – and highlighting how climate finance is being used to build resilience and support community adaptation.

The event aims to call for COP26 to agree to increased investment in local level solutions and ensure support reaches the most vulnerable.

Jointly hosted by: ICIMOD, British Embassy Kathmandu, IIED, ICCCAD and civil society partners.

Pema Gyamtsho, Arun Bhakta Shrestha and Sanjeev Bhuchar to attend and speak.

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Link to join event(Meeting ID: 849 9385 0404, Passcode: 361639)

12:00–13:30 | UK Pavilion

ICIMOD is proud to support this campaign on ‘Transforming agricultural innovation for people, nature, and climate’ and has contributed with a statement


16:00–21:30 | Resilience Gala at the Caledonian University, Glasgow

ICIMOD team to attend the panel discussion after the screening of the film

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11:30–12:30 | UK Pavilion

Pema Gyamtsho to attend and speak.

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16:00–17:30 | Cryosphere Pavilion

A fragile future: Can mountain communities adapt to climate change?

The focus of the event will be on impacts and risks of climate change on the cryosphere, as well as good adaptation solutions and experiences, especially in mountain areas.

Organized by: SDC/FDFA Switzerland; SDC-supported partners: Adaptation at Altitude Programme, University of Geneva, Zoï Environment Network, University of Zürich, University of Fribourg, Mountain Research Initiative, ICIMOD

Izabella Koziell to attend and speak.

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17:00–20:00 | Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street, G2 3AB

From the award-winning filmmaker Craig Leeson, most notably for A Plastic Ocean

The film is scheduled for release globally in all IMAX Theatres in March 2022

Craig and his team went around the world, from the poles to mountain regions in all continents to document glaciers and to present what is happening to them. For their section looking at the Himalayas, ICIMOD helped in networking and facilitated their meeting with regional experts.

10:00–18:00 | Cryosphere pavilion

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HKH high-level event

Mountains of opportunity: Ministerial dialogue to scale up investment in mountain-specific climate priorities in the HKH region

The event will introduce “Mountains of opportunity” – an investment framework to help the HKH countries mobilize resources for investment in mountain-specific climate priorities.

Pema Gyamtsho, Izabella Koziell, Nanki Kaur, Pradyumna Rana, Deepshikha Sharma to present.

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Making climate business in Nepal (hybrid event with deliberations from Kathmandu and Glasgow)

The event will showcase Nepal’s approach to increasing investment in low carbon development and resilience.

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Cryosphere science and adaptation solutions to scale up climate action in the HKH

This event will provide a platform for the dissemination of high-impact solutions that can deliver climate action in the HKH region at the speed and scale necessary.

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Elevating adaptation action in mountains: From the Andes to the Alps, Carpathians and Hindu Kush Himalaya

Policy and youth perspectives on climate action + Launch of the HKH theme song

The event will provide a platform for policy makers and researchers on exchanging opportunities for cooperation to scale up adaption solutions for mountains. Youth from different mountains regions will also share their perspectives on the need for climate action. We will also be launching the HKH theme song music video.

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HKH cryosphere cèilidh: Networking reception

This informal session will recap the proceedings of the day (with key messages) and will also include the launch of the HKH theme song music video and the screening of the Sustainable Summits film.

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Session: Unprecedented, widespread, and rapid: Is climate change being adequately accounted for in early warning early action?

Organized by Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA) | Concept note.

Mandira Shrestha to make a virtual presentation.

11:30–13:00 | UNFCCC meeting room 4

ROAR: Science and Innovation for Climate Adaptation, and launch of the Adaptation Research Alliance

Izabella Koziell to attend the event.


14:00-15:00 CEST

Deepshikha Sharma to speak.

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Pema Gyamtsho to attend.

3:30 – 4:00 | COP26 Plenary room


17:45 – 18:30 Nepal Time (GMT+5:45) | Water Pavilion at COP26 | Cooperation day

Jointly organized by UNICEF ROSA, and ICIMOD


Miriam Jackson to attend and speak virtually