Action for Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Sustainable Development
Member of the United Nations Theme Group on Poverty and Inequality
Working Towards The Global Consensus
Consensus Communities are completed projects that have implemented sustainable development ideas. Every group promotes ethnic diversity and cultural preservation in some manner while protecting the environment in its pursuit of a sustainable means of living for its community.
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Shambhala Serai is a group of heritage hotels, which is our flagship Consensus Community that serves as a base for the revival of local traditions and customs, such as Turquoise Jewelry Revival, Tibetan Tiger Rug-weaving, and Mala Beads. Each of these micro-enterprises creates a sustainable business for local Tibetans.
Himalayan Consensus is a peaceful movement constructing new economic paradigms to address global challenges.
We seek organic solutions derived from indigenous people who face the challenges of poverty, societal marginalization, underdevelopment and self-governance.
With two-thirds of the world relying on Himalayan snows as a source of water, it is extremely important to save the Himalayan glaciers from disappearing. Our Glacial Watch specialists bring awareness to the serious issue of climate change which most immediately affects 18 countries in the surrounding region.
Himalayan Consensus is a fresh economic development paradigm built upon the three principles of:
Himalayan Consensus is not established on any one model or economic theory. Rather it is drawn from collective experiences across the Himalayan region (such as Bhutan's concept of Gross National Happiness to Bangladesh's micro-finance) where local knowledge has proved successful in creating pragmatic solutions to development challenges.
It is flexible in its approach, basing solutions on local conditions, and in this respect entirely applicable in other regions of the world facing challenges of poverty alleviation, ethnic minority marginalization, and environmental desecration.
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Any ongoing project can be recognized as a Himalayan Consensus Community if it supports our key objectives of ethnic diversity, sustainable economics and cutural preservation.
Himalayan Consensus Communities can range from small village workshops or farming associations to larger artisan production lines and geo-tourism lodges. The size and scale of each program is not as important as the spirit and intention behind it.
Himalayan Consensus Certified is a recognition awarded to individuals, associations, organizations or socially responsible businesses recognized by the Himalayan Consensus Institute as adhering to and supporting the principles of Himalayan Consensus.
A certificate acknowledging that the program supports ethnic diversity and cultural sustainable development is awarded. This certificate may be used to promote the work, services or products of the awarded organization or program.