Nepal try to raise the awareness of climate change in Himalayas 2009-11-03 00:00:39   Print

    KATHMANDU, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Nepal will hold "Summiteers' Summit" at Copenhagen on Dec. 11, 2009 to raise the awareness of impacts of climate change in the Himalayas, a press conference held in Nepali capital Kathmandu said on Monday.

    The 19-time Mt. Qomolangma (also known as Mt. Everest) climber Appa Sherpa said at the press conference that the mountaineers arefully geared to throw their weight behind the government's plan to organize the "Summitteers' Summit" on the sidelines of the Copenhagen climate change meeting.

    "It is important that the attention of the world community is drawn toward the plight of the people living in the lap of the Himalayas," cited Appa as saying.

    While it is urgent that Nepal engage in raising awareness on the issue, it is equally important to clean the heaps of waste disposed at the Mt. Qomolangma base camp, Appa said.

    Appa also said that he will share interesting episodes from his experiences during his Europe tour, beginning Nov. 20 in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, and culminating in Copenhagen on Dec. 11.

    Dawa Sherpa, another renowned Nepali climber, said, "We are confident that at least 1,000 people will easily be mobilized for the Copenhagen march."

    Deepak Bohora, Minister of Nepali Forest and Soil Conservation, who conceptualized the entire plan, said the Nepali government has planned to extend an invitation to some famous people, such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, to attend the march as a sign of solidarity to Nepali people's cause and to help in raising awareness.

    Deepak Bohora added that the Non-Resident Nepalese community in Europe will be fully mobilized for the event.

    The upcoming United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference(UNFCCC) is scheduled to kick off in December in Denmark's capital Copenhagen. The Copenhagen talks are expected to come up with a new climate deal after the Kyoto protocol which was adopted in December 1997 and entered into force in February 2005.

Editor: Yan
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