The Third Pole – Himalaya has experienced profound ecological and geophysical transformations as a result of climate change. The melting of the glaciers carries water security implications for up to 2 billion people across the river basins of Asia. In the face of this monumental challenge, new avenues of collaboration are called for.
At this VIRTUAL event it will be explored if the Arctic model of collaboration can serve as an inspiration for the Third Pole – Himalaya.
The VIRTUAL presents a dialogue between Director General of ICIMOD Dr. Pema Gyamtsho and Coordinating Lead Author of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Dr. Eklabya Sharma. They will discuss the challenges facing the region and efforts to increase collaboration in recent years; in particular the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Report. The focus will also turn towards the call for action issued by ICIMOD and the imperative need for new avenues of collaboration and how it can find inspiration in the Arctic model.
This VIRTUAL dialogue is moderated by Mr. Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson, Arctic Circle Emissary on the Third Pole, Climate and the Oceans and is an introduction to the Arctic Circle Abu Dhabi Forum to take place in January.
Introductory remarks by H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland 1996-2016, Chairman of Arctic Circle.