Developing SDG consistent priorities for mountains and people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.10 The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A signpost for societal relevant polar research?
Location IT112
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Philippus Wester
Author(s) Philippus Wester (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal)
Abstract text

Three global processes of importance to the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region converged in 2015:


(1) the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals;


(2) the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030;


(3) the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention.


There is scope for building synergies between the SDGs, the Sendai Framework and Paris Agreement to strengthen policies and strategies for sustainable mountain development. For the HKH, the convergence of these three processes offers an ideal opportunity for meeting the development, environment, social and climate change challenges faced by mountain people. The priority placed on gender, indigenous people, and migrants in the SDGs resonates with the needs the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and its partners have identified in the HKH.


To capitalize on this opportunity, ICIMOD is working with its eight Regional Member Countries from the HKH region to develop and monitor nine ‘Priorities for Mountains and People of the HKH’ consistent with the SDGs, including mountain specific targets and indicators. We created this through a three-step exercise:


(a) Defined nine HKH priorities and aligned them with the SDGs;


(b) Defined HKH specific targets in line with the SDG targets for 2030;


(c) Identified suitable indicators derived from the list of proposed SDG indicators.

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