Curtain Raiser for Himalayan Consensus Summit

Nov 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Advocacy, News

Himalayan Consensus Institute and the Nepal Economic Forum organized a curtain raiser in Kathmandu on Sunday for the Himalayan Consensus Summit which will be held in Bhutan in July 2015.

The program focuses on the Himalayan Consensus theme as an alternative development paradigm, focusing particularly on exploring new equations in ecological balance, conservation and entrepreneurship.

According to a press statement issued by Nepal Economic Forum, the curtain raiser was celebrated with a panel discussion on the principles of the Himalayan Consensus and its relevance to Nepal and the SAARC countries. “Himalayan Consensus is a holistic economic development paradigm that emphasizes the integrity of planetary eco-systems as an indispensable basis for socio-economic development.

The three principles of Himalayan Consensus are: 1) Protecting cultural identity; 2) Through sustainable businesses requiring innovative financial models; 3) While emphasizing the importance of environmental protection,” said the statement.

Laurence Brahm, Founder of the Himalayan Consensus Institute highlighted the importance of Conscientious Consumption,which is in contrast to consumption that is based on opulence and does not help societies in the long run.

He also talked about Compassionate Capitalism as an alternative to the continuous discourse on capitalism versus socialism.

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