History, Vision & Mission

Background

Sagarmatha Sambaad is an initiative of the Government of Nepal to host a permanent biennial global dialogue forum in Nepal starting from 2020. On 15 April 2019, the Government decided to launch the forum which will organize its first edition on 2-4 April 2020 on the theme of ‘Climate Change, Mountains and the Future of Humanity’. Accordingly, a permanent Steering Committee and an Organizing Committee, both headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, were constituted in July 2019. A multi-stakeholder national consultation was held on 18 September 2019 with a view to collecting feedback, suggestions and ideas on the overall aspect of the Sambaad itself, and also to gather inputs on the theme of the first Sambaad.

A secretariat headed by the Head of the Policy, Planning, Development Diplomacy and Nepali Diaspora Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been constituted. The Secretariat also has representations from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister (OPMCM), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), and Policy Research Institute (PRI). A separate Expert Working Group (EWG) has been formed to advise the Organizing Committee on substantive matters, particularly on formulating various themes to be discussed, and designing overall dialogue program.

Vision
An open, frank, interactive and constructive global Sambaad – dialogue - on the most pertinent issues of the time in the fields of environment, economy, and other socio-cultural fields that have a direct bearing on the wellbeing of humanity and a forum for reenergizing commitments and resolves from the stakeholders to address those issues.

Mission
To provide a suitable venue for a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral global dialogue forumin Nepal on the pressing global issues of the time in the areas of environment, economy, and other socio-cultural fields among global leaders including heads of state/government, ministers, parliamentarians,policy makers, experts, media, business community, wider civil society, youths and people directly affected by the issues being discussed.

Why Sagarmatha Sambaad?
In today’s inter-connected world, there is a need for more open dialogues to address contemporary issues and reach consensus on the ways forward. As a country with its own success-stories of a home- grown peace process; of inclusive democracy, women’s empowerment and uplifting of the marginalized sections of society; as well as, of contributing to international peacekeeping and responding to climate change, Nepal offers a suitable venue for such a global forum. 

Nepal is an ancient land with rich natural and cultural heritages. Historically, the Himalaya and its foothills have been home to many sages, thinkers and people who have attained Bodhisattva - enlightenment.As the ancient Sanskrit saying goes, : (Knowledge is produced through discourses), discourses, reflections, mediation, harmonious life with nature and enlightenment have remained defining features of our traditions. The ethos of “‘’” (May all be happy; may all be healthy) remains at the core of this humanist tradition. The majestic mountains, with Sagarmatha towering over us, inspire us to think beyond our borders and reflect on issues in a holistic manner.  

Nepal is in a new era of political stability following the successful conclusion of its peace process and the promulgation of an inclusive and democratic Constitution. The country’s priority now is on inclusive growth, sustainable development and socio-economic transformation. For this, regional and global partnerships are essential to address contemporary challenges and issues common to the global community. With firm commitments, Nepal has been contributing to global peace and stability through its longstanding contribution to UN peacekeeping missions and also as an advocate of global non- proliferation and peace efforts, while making resolute calls for inclusive prosperity and a just society. Nepal, therefore, offers a welcoming ground to bring together a cross-section of leaders and stakeholders for a global Sambaad to exchange ideas and experiences and to provide inspiration. Hosted by Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) and the Policy Research Institute (PRI), Sagarmatha Sambaad will be held biennially and will focus on pertinent themes. The first Sagarmatha Sambaad will take place in Kathmandu from 2 to 4 April 2020, with a focus onthe climate change, an existential issue of our time.

What we do/Our strategy: 
We promote open, inclusive and broad-based dialogue on prominent issues of global, regional and national importance and offer a fostering venue to generate insights that influence and shape opinions to make sound policies for the furtherance of collective wellbeing. We focus on the most challenging issues facing the humanity and addressing of which can contribute most to the promotion of peace, protection of environment, fighting climate change, social development, women and youth empowerment, employment generation and sustainable development, among others. 


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