Himalayan Consensus Summit 2016

March 17 and 18, 2016

Coping With Natural and Human Induced Crisis

Resilience, Readiness and Response


Session 1

Shaking Up the Status Quo: Searching for a new paradigm

This session will explore how the current development models will have to be revisited and new paradigms that will explore sustainable and futuristic models of economic development

  • Bulldozer terrorism – Unnecessary connectivity - Forestation, Deforestation and Glacial Melt
  • Urban Planning for the Hills - Hill stations require different engineering than in the plains
  • Economic Models Need to Change - About preventing disaster and conflict



Economics with Planetary Integrity

This session will explore the various working modules on the supply side and ideas to ensure that the impact of external natural environment is mitigated to create sustainable models

  • Glacial Melt in the Himalayas and its impact of the planet and its impact on Water security
  • Climate Disruption – Understanding air pollution – air quality and impact of infrastructure development
  • Save Mother Earth –  Food security and  food for future generations



Compassionate Capital and Conscientious Consumption

This session will explore the management of demand side relating to consumption of space, energy, food and capital. New paradigms in this area will be discussed.

  • Consumption – Exploring Food Security from the demand side by discussing reducing waste and building awareness
  • Energy Nexus and Renewables – ensuring reduction on dependency on fossil fuels
  • Open Space Planning – community spaces and open spaces for disaster relief
  • Innovative Capital – using capital to transform lives positively.



 Rebuilding the New Himalayas – How Do Achieve This?

This session will explore various issues relating to governance and institutional structures that will be required to form the basis of rebuilding after natural disasters as well as economic crisis

  • Framework of rights – Himalayas are landlocked, how do we make them landlinked through right paradigm of agreements
  • Government Role – distinguishing the role of the government as a regulator, facilitator and implementation agencies
  • Codes and laws – from strict building codes, zoning laws to regulation around black marketing and monopolistic practices



New Financial Architecture – Innovations Galore

This session will discuss the potential role of new institutions that have emerged and how the existing institutions and traditional sources can recalibrate itself to meet new needs.

  • New Institutions: BRICS and AIIB are now the new alternatives available.
  • Disruption in the financial products architecture: The proliferation of internet and mobile phones along with mobile money transfer is changing way money moves and way people buy financial products
  • Access to Finance: Physical remoteness is not a constraint to access to financial services anymore



New Himalayan Institutions – New Paradigm

This sessions will discuss how home grown grass root initiatives are changing how goods and services are delivered. There are also institutions discussing new paradigms

  • Bottoms Up: Home grown grass root institutions are the new centers for pioneering solutions and innovation. The answers are at home not abroad.
  • Co-Learning and Co-Sharing: Collaborating has become the new buzzword replacing competition
  • Multi-faceted: Institutions are even more becoming multi-disciplinary tackling multiple issues and solutions


SESSION 7  (Closing)

Drivers of the New Himalayan Economy

This session will summarize the two day conference with respect to the demand and supply of activities along with reflecting on the role of existing and future institutions. It will also identify drivers to the future of the Himalayan economies

  • Where From Here: Identify few tangible actionable points
  • Modality: Discuss modalities and collaborations in the journey ahead.


Himalayan Consensus Summit (HCS) is a multi-stakeholder event involving member of the civil society, business and finance, and government. The agenda of the HCS program will be designed around creating sustainable alternative solutions to many grassroot and alternative efforts that are being developed. The entire focus of the Himalayan Consensus Summit is to matrix the small and demonstrate that local solutions are more sustainable. The process is connecting the dots and showing that the alternative can become the new mainstream. The Nepal Earthquake has focused urgency upon this process and will be critical to examine how future disaster and conflicts can be prevented with economic systems relevant to the region.


The Annual HCS will help build a discourse around key issues of sustainable development that will shape policy, as well as bring about institutional and legislative transformation in the Himalayan Region.

Further, HCS will provide a platform for global financial markets and capital to explore new opportunities to scale up environment friendly, sustainable and social businesses.


The first summit will be held on March 17 and 18, 2016


Alternatively in Nepal and other cities in the Himalayan Region.

The first Summit will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2016 and in Thimpu, Bhutan in 2017


 Who will attend: International and national attendees interested in the discourse of shaping alterative development strategies. The summit will be of interest to people grappling with ideas of creating sustainable business, social enterprise and social delivery mechanisms that balances the ideas of growth, development and sustainable resource utilization.



Different speakers from the region, who are thought leaders at different levels micro, meso and macro working the areas related to Himalayan Consensus.

The panels will have diverse speakers ranging from an individual innovator or social entrepreneur solving a problem to NGOs to business/finance leaders who can draw a pathway to scale the solutions. 

The sessions will be designed around conversations with the facilitator aiming to summaries of the lessons learned both success to be emulated and failures to be avoided, the business model that can scale the solution and the policy changes needed by government to facilitate realization of the solution.


The major themes for the Summit will be as follows:

·       Sustainable Energy, Eco-Systems and Holistic Living

·       Water and Food Security  

·       Lessons from Nepal Quake to the Himalaya

·       Community Empowerment for Equity

·       Access to Global Capital and Linking with Sustainable Himalayan Innovations

Nepal's Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal receives Himalayan Consensus Executive Board members Laurence Brahm and Sujeev Shakya at the Prime Minister's Office in Kathmandu where they present plans seeking endorsement for the Himalayan Consensus Summit to convene in Kathmandu on December 4-5, 2015.

Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal noted, "The importance of Himalayan Consensus as a fresh economic paradigm to strengthen community and recognize the importance of local solutions to global problems." The Chief Secretary has been invited as a speaker at the Summit. 


The Organizers

Himalayan Climate Institute will be Summit lead. NEF will host the Summit Secretariat and organize the event. NEF has been successfully hosting events for its own organization and external institutions. NEF hosted the first International Literary Festival ‘Kathmandu Literary Jatra’ in Kathmandu, Nepal and along with Chatham House, UK will be organizing an economic conclave in the near future. HCI and NEF jointly hosted a program in Kathmandu in November 2014 coinciding with the SAARC Summit, serving both as a curtain raiser event for the Himalayan Consensus Summit as well as providing a declaration for the SAARC Summit.

 Himalayan Consensus Institute (HCI)

HCI promotes grass roots innovation to evolve the social enterprise concept into fresh models for community empowerment, addressing challenges of climate change across the Himalayan region. Areas of focus include: renewable and efficient energy, organic agriculture, water conservation, inclusive finance, and prevention of conflict. Key themes include: empowerment of identity through heritage and artisan protection, and the closing of income gaps through economic empowerment of communities. 

The Himalayan Consensus process involves convening an annual conference that will bring together both grass roots and NGO pioneers of social enterprise across the region, together with business and financial leaders, in seeking pragmatic ways to scale local solutions. Throughout the year the Himalayan Consensus Institute will matrix outcomes from the conference together with examples of social enterprise innovation across the Himalayan region, evolving these into a fresh economic paradigm, and promoting it through social media networking.

Nepal Economic Forum (NEF)

Nepal Economic Forum (NEF), incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2008, is evolving to be Nepal’s premier private sector led economic policy and research institution. Led by beed management private limited (beed), a management consulting and advisory services firm, NEF strives to re-define the economic development discourse in Nepal, and works towards strengthening the Nepali economy through various activities that promote the growth of an efficient and inclusive private sector. In its quest to mainstream the discourse on the Nepali economy; which has not gotten the necessary space it deserves, NEF has worked in partnership with many domestic and international institutions.

NEF is led by Chair Sujeev Shakya (www.sujeevshakya.com), a Thought Leader who continues to integrate business, management, economy and leadership to positively transform individuals and organizations.

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