Youths from eleven Himalayan states- Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Darjeeling- have gathered for the first Himalayan Youth Summit that shall address serious issues relating to environment and state-development. The two-day long summit commenced at Naga Heritage Village at Kisama on Sunday.


Merentoshi R Jamir, Nagaland Sports & Youth Resources Minister, addressed the inaugural programme and called the summit a ‘path-breaking event’ where a platform is presented to the youth where they can co-work with the elders and sustainably develop the mountain region.He believes that the Indian Mountain Initiative’s (IMI) Sustainable Mountain Development Summits (SMDS) are very much required at this day to understand all about the mountains, and also understand how to preserve the mountainous culture and sustaining the same for the benefit of mankind. He stated that the Himalayas contributed largely towards cooling down the planet, and has created a conductive several life-forms to cordially exist. He added, “The Himalayas are the biggest source of fresh water as also the custodians of the biodiversity that we all need so much to survive.”

MLA and chairman, MARCOFED Nagaland, Mmhonlumo Kikon delivered the Summit’s keynote address, where he said- “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.”

The Summit is jointly being organized by Sustainable Development Forum of Nagaland (SDFN), YouthNet, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Leadership for Environment And Development (LEAD) India. This event is a part of IMI’s SMDS-III (Kohima Summit 2013).Source: The Assam Tribune