Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the Mustang Summit will be instrumental not only for Nepal but also will be ablt to draw international attention.
Addressing the International Sustainable Mountain Development Year 2022 Mustang Advocacy Conference organized by the Ministry of Forestry and Environment in Mustang virtually recently, he said, “The Mustang summit will be fruitful for the COP-27 conference being held in Egypt. I believe that this conference will play an important role at the international level.”
On the occasion, Prime Minister Deuba expressed his hope that the summit will provide an opportunity to prioritize the challenges and opportunities in biodiversity, culture, economic systems of different regions, flora and fauna, etc., in countries like Nepal.
He mentioned that the mountains are not only a natural heritage filled with snow, but also a foundation for providing water to one billion people. Pointing out that there are many problems and challenges in the Dhaulagiri region, Prime Minister Deuba said, “There is a need to urgently address problems such as climate change, damage to biological diversity, soil erosion, pollution, poverty, and inequality.”
Similarly, Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Krishna Chandra Nepali said that there are problems in important issues such as mountain economy, biological diversity, ecological system, mountain culture, mountain women and relations between mountains and low coastal areas.
In the conference, outgoing federal MP Prem Prasad Tulachan, Forest and Environment Minister of Gandaki Province Deepak Thapa, National Planning Commission Member Saloni Singh Pradhan, Prime Minister’s Environmental Adviser Madhav Karki, former Deputy Speaker Purnakumari Subedi, FAO Chief Dr. Ken Siviz and Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment Dr.Sindhu Prasad Dhungana and others discussed about various aspects of climate change, while calling for a long-term scientific solution to the impact on the mountainous region.
Organizations such as DCA, FAO, ICIMOD, IUCN and Kirdak, NTNC, UKAID, UNDP and WWF have supported the conference organized by the Ministry of Forests and Environment. The conference will end on Wednesday with the Mustang Mountainous Declaration Wednesday.