DISA a civil society and the Tripura chapter of IMI (Integrated Mountain Initiatives) are coordinating the delegations from Tripura. Youth members have already departed and taking an active part in the Summit for developing sustainable development goals for the mountains and mountain communities. The main Summit will start from 20th Sept. 2107 and will be attended by the delegates nominated by DISA.
The present SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT (SMDS-VI) was held at Aizawl, Mizoram from 18th – 22nd September 2017. There were two Summit YOUTH and MAIN SUMMIT. YOUTH SUMMIT is from 18th – 20th September followed by MAIN SUMMIT from 20th – 22nd Sept. 2017. There were about 63 youth representatives from 11 mountain hill states. In this summit there were 6 youth representatives from Tripura (Pritam Choudhury, Robert Lushai, Monica Debbarma, Manusri Jamatia, Sariel T Reang and Poulami Saha).
The main theme behind the concept of Sustainable Development is that future generations have as much of a claim over the earth and its resources as present generations do. While this concept of trans-generational equity usually refers to the unborn millions who will inherit this planet, the pace of environmental degradation and exploitation of natural resources have reached such a pace that there is a danger that many of the youth today would not be able to enjoy the same opportunities we do today. Therefore, as those who, in the future, will bear the consequences of our actions today the youth should have an important voice in how the country develops. Since the youths are the backbone of tomorrow it is the duty of all the youths of present to take serious initiatives to the issues that deals with mountainous states. To look after these we all are responsible to use less and conserve more for the coming future.
OBJECTIVE AND OUTPUT
The conference will have participation of youth from all the 11 states and 2 hill districts that constitute the IHR and will strive to:
• Develop a shared understanding of sustainable development;
• Identify and understand the specific challenges faced by youth in mountain states;
• Determine their concerns and perspective on how to address such challenges; and
• Provide the youth with specific leadership skills.
The findings that emerge from this youth programme would feed into IMI’s SMD Summit
• Common understanding of what sustainable development is
• A document stating the development priorities of the youth
• A set of recommendations on how the youth believe IMI themes should be approached
Mountains and Sustainable Development
There now exists a clear realization that “the benefits derived from mountain regions are essential for sustainable development Mountain ecosystems play a crucial role in providing water resources to a large portion of world population; fragile mountain ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, deforestation and forest degradation, land use change, land degradation and natural disasters; and mountain glaciers around the world are retreating and getting thinner, with increasing impacts on the environment and human well-being.”
Equally well known is now the fact that “mountains are home to communities, including indigenous peoples and local communities, who have developed sustainable uses of mountain resources. These communities are often marginalized “and there is an urgent and continued need to address widely prevalent poverty, food security and nutrition. Social exclusion and environmental degradation in these mountain areas. There now exists a universal acceptance of the need for cooperative action with effective involvement and “sharing of experience of all relevant stakeholders “. This has to be accomplished by further strengthening of existing arrangements, agreements and centre’s of excellence for sustainable mountain development. As well as exploring new arrangements and agreements.