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Countdown to IMI-Kma Summit (SMDS-III)

Published on 20 Sep. 2013 12:06 AM IST
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In less than a week, the state capital will be filled with some of India’s finest think-tanks discussing issues related to mountain people spread across the Himalayan region. 

As the much awaited IMI-Kohima Summit or the more technically known Sustainable Mountain Development Summit III draws closer, there is a sense of anticipation, both in the form of extending hospitality to participants from all walks of life and that of deliberations on the heart of the matter. 

Days through September 25 to 27 will see faces representing the GIZ, India Water Portal, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Swiss Embassy, Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Ministry of Environment and Forests, apart from several other politicians, bureaucrats, policy makers, journalists, researchers, subject experts, participants from the eleven Indian Himalayan states etc. 

To name a few, P.D Rai, who is the Indian Mountain Initiative Convenor & Sikkim MP (Lok Sabha), Lise Grande, Resident Coordinator, United Nations, New Delhi, BMS Rathore, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Janine Kuriger, Councillor and Director of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi, Dr. David Molden, Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Helga Fink, Program Manager, CCA-NER, GIZ, Shillong, Meghalaya, BK Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission are some of the prominent names that need mention. 

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio would be the chief guest for the inaugural session while Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering would grace the valedictory session September 25. 

About 300 people are expected to take part in the three-day summit, which will also see three main thematic addresses on water, forest and agriculture apart from the side events including policy makers’ dialogue, indian himalayan legislators’ meet, state action plans on climate change, special session on Himalayan disasters, and of course, the field visits and Youth Summit (September 22 to 23), which will be held before the main summit. 

The Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) in hosting this crucial summit, has, apart from the serious deliberations, also provided space for exhibitions and demonstrations where a pavilion will facilitate different development agencies and organizations to network and demonstrate experiences, as well as, the different innovations and technologies available in mountain states. 

The summit has further been planned in such a manner so that the event is not just about policies, experience sharing and dialogue but also about learning opportunities through food, culture, and networking.

In this regard, the Kohima Summit will also feature a ‘Food Festival’ as one of the attractions, where local food and food systems are hoped to be shared and appreciated. 

In the meantime, the cultural richness of the North East will be showcased through different cultural troupes from across the North East region under NEZCC on the evening of the first day of the summit while the show will be stolen by the Dreamz Unlimited on the second day.

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