• 29 October 2020
  • 10:15-11:45

The Hindu Kush Himalayan Call for Action: Maintaining the ‘Pulse of the Planet’

Plenaries, sessions and launchpads will be available in three languages: English, Spanish and French.

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region extends across eight countries from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east, crossing Pakistan, India, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. It is a globally important resource – biologically and culturally rich, it provides ecosystem goods and services to a quarter of the world’s population. The HKH is the Pulse of the Planet – what happens here affects the rest of the world. This session will explain why the HKH is the Pulse of the Planet and the need to reinforce positive relations between biodiversity, landscapes, culture and health in a post-COVID ‘new normal’.

1.      COVID-19 impact and policy responses in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

2.      The Hindu Kush Himalaya assessment: mountains, climate change, sustainability and people

3.      Kailash confluence

4.      Landmark event: Ministers from eight countries sign declaration to work together for the Hindu Kush Himalaya region

5.      HKH call to action

6.      Hindu Kush Himalaya: The pulse of the planet