05 June 2021
Virtual Meeting

Web-Conference on Our Ethical Responsibility Towards the Himalayan Ecosystem

Join us live for a web-conference on the World Environment Day

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This environment day, join us to recognize and celebrate the Himalayas for their role in supporting the greater community of life, maintaining ecological integrity of the region and its significant contribution towards keeping our common home, shared with the greater community of life, habitable and thriving. 

Join us to recognize that our wilful acts in the region increasingly disturb the resilience, sustainability, and the ability of the Himalayan ecosystem to contribute to keeping the region habitable and thriving. 

As an expression of our recognition, come together with leading experts to call for restraint of our human activity in the region, keeping it below the current levels, and to express our humility towards the greater community of life in the region by allowing the natural processes of resilience and evolution to be untouched by our acts. 

Join those concerned about the Himalayas to address our ethical responsibility towards the Himalayan ecosystem. 

Mark your calendar: 

Date: June 5th 2021 World Environment Day

Time: 3PM CEST (6:30PM IST) 

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Meeting ID: 961 6124 3997 Passcode: Himalaya21 


Introduction by Anupam Saraph and Jan Sendzimir

Presentations (100 minutes)

Discussion (20 minutes) moderated by Anupam Saraph and Jan Sendzimir

Adoption of the Declaration (10 minutes)

Concluding Remarks by Anupam Saraph (5 minutes) 


Dr. Mirian Villela, Executive Director, Earth Charter International

Dr. Mirian Villela has championed the ethical guidelines of the Earth Charter, the worldview of care and responsibility, and the ecological civilization that it entails for more than 30 years

Dr. Joseph Alcamo, Director, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP)  

Joseph Alcamo served as the first Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the first to hold a chief scientist post within the UN system

Dipak Gyawali, Former Water Resources Minister of Nepal

Guest Senior Research Scholar/IIASA, former Chair/Nepal Water Conservation Foundation  

Prof. Bert de Vries, Professor at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development 

Bert de Vries is engaged in understanding the impact of worldviews comprising of values and belief systems on sustainable development 

Prof. Ananta Giri, Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies

Ananta Kumar Giri is a student of life and contemporary dynamics of self and social development. 

Prof. Walter Immerzeel, Professor of Mountain Hydrology at Utrecht University

Walter Immerzeel’s research focuses on the interaction between climate change and the cycle of snow, ice and water in the high mountains and he investigates this at different levels of scale. 

Pema Gyamtsho, Director General ICIMOD

Carries with him a deep sense of loyalty and commitment to the HKH mountains of eight regional member countries of the ICIMOD – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

David Berry, Founder, Sustainable & Resilient Resources Roundtable

From singing on National Public Radio, to advancing sustainability from the White House, to assisting communities in Himachal Pradesh and Tibet, to leading retreats on four continents, David encourages people to notice and share the best of themselves in the service of others and Nature.

Dr. Rajendrasingh, Waterman of India

Dr. Rajendrasingh, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee of 2001 and Stockholm Water Prize in 2015 is empowering communities across the world to rejuvenate rivers and protect their water security.


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Jan Sendzimir

Guest Research Scholar Equity and Justice Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Dipak Gyawali

Guest Senior Research Scholar Equity and Justice Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program


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Meeting ID: 961 6124 3997 Passcode: Himalaya21

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