Country all set to host fifth edition of Sustainable Summits Conference in 2020

Kathmandu, June 29

Nepal is all set to organise the fifth edition of the Sustainable Summits Conference (SSC) in 2020, according to stakeholders.

A meeting of the SSC board has recently decided to invite world leaders from the mountaineering fraternity in Kathmandu to take part in the fifth SSC, New Zealand Consul to Nepal Lisa Choegyal told The Himalayan Times.

The SSC board meeting, which was held in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on the sidelines of the fourth SSC, has chosen the home to the greatest range of mountains in the world for the next edition of the conference, Choegyal, one of the organising committee members, shared. “The conference will take place from June 1 to 5, 2020.”

The event will be organised by Nepal Tourism Board in association with other stakeholders, including the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Himalayan Climate Initiative, Great Himalayan Trail and Eco Everest Expeditions, among others.

Roger Robinson, one of the founders of SSC, said that the Nepal would be a great venue to discuss the future of high mountain regions as well as to boost awareness of the vulnerability of the high mountains.

According to organisers, the SSC was launched by the American Alpine Club in 2010 with the primary goal of sharing solutions for managing human waste in the high mountain peaks around the world.

“SSC 2020 will provide a great forum for the Nepali stakeholders to share their knowledge on mountain sustainability,” said Dawa Steven Sherpa, climate change ambassador for World Wildlife Fund as well as a member of organising committee.

According to Etienne Grillot, consultant for the fourth SCC, the Chamonix conference invited land managers, researchers, representatives from NGOs and non-profit organisations, outdoor companies, guides and mountaineers from around the world as they shared their knowledge and experience and proposed solutions for the future of the high mountains.

During the fourth conference, the participants discussed about roles of high mountains in societies, impact of climate change in the mountains and mountain communities as well as impacts and solutions of the human activities in the high mountains among other issues, said Anne Gery, press relations for the SSC 2018.