|1st Indian Himalayan Youth Summit begins|
DIMAPUR, Sept 23 – To address issues of environment and sustainable development of mountain States, youths from 11 Indian Himalayan States, including Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and West Bengal’s hill district Darjeeling, have gathered here for the 1st Indian Himalayan Youth Summit. The two-day Summit got underway at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on Sunday.
Nagaland Sports & Youth Resources Minister Merentoshi R Jamir, addressing the inaugural programme, termed the occasion as a path breaking event where the youth are given a platform to have a hand in the efforts of the elder generation towards building a sustainable development of the mountain region.
He said the great Himalayas contribute largely towards the cooling down of the planet, creating a conducive atmosphere for life forms to exist. “The Himalayas are the biggest source of fresh water as also the custodians of the biodiversity that we all need so much to survive,” Jamir added.
He said the Indian Mountain Initiative’s (IMI) Sustainable Mountain Development Summits (SMDS) are the need of the hour not only for discussion and understanding of what the mountains are all about but also to spread the message of how to take care of them and make them sustainable for the benefit of all mankind. MLA and chairman, MARCOFED Nagaland, Mmhonlumo Kikon delivered the keynote address of the Summit based on ‘striving towards one ecological citizenship’.
“Climate disasters over the past few years in the mountain and hill States of India have only served to reinforce the notion that we share one ecological space and hence we must share the duties and responsibilities of one ecological citizenship,” he said. The Summit is being organised jointly by Sustainable Development Forum of Nagaland (SDFN), YouthNet, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Leadership for Environment And Development (LEAD) India. The event is a part of IMI’s SMDS-III (Kohima Summit 2013).