The Royal University of Bhutan hosted the “Inception Meeting of Sustainable Mountain Education Task Force and Thematic Working Group Task Force” organized by Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal with effect from 18 to 22 June 2019 at the College of Natural Resources, Lobesa.
HUC Member countries from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and HUC-ICIMOD Secretariat staff from Kathmandu attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by two HUC Associate Members – one from Australia and one from Switzerland through Skype Video.
The Inception Meeting discussed and drafted Terms of Reference (ToR) of the two Task Forces and agreed to continue improving the draft ToR documents before submission to the HUC Steering Committee.
Since the majority of the delegates visited Bhutan for the first time, a short field trip to Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang was organized on the 2nd day of the meeting. On the way back to Paro, the delegates also visited Royal Thimphu College, Ngagiphu whom ICIMOD and some HUC members had/have collaborations. RTC briefed the delegates about the programmes offered and prospects for continued collaborations with HUC members.