Arctic Circle Calls on Himalayan Council to Prevent Global Warming; India not amused

NEW DELHI: Arctic Circle, a non-profit organization promoting international dialogue between countries surrounding the North Pole, has launched a similar initiative for the Himalayan region, with the United Arab Emirates leading the effort in this direction.
The Arctic Circle Assembly, held in Reykjavik, Iceland earlier this month, featured a separate session on the “Third Pole Process” where it was proposed to establish a Himalayan Council, with a representation of nations from the Hindukush-Himalayan region to discuss issues related to climate change and its impact on the region.
A senior government official said Indian diplomats present at the meeting had expressed strong reservations about the third pole process and insisted that any initiative for the region should be led by the Himalayan nations and not the Arctic Circle. Arctic.
The mountainous region of the Hindukush-Himalayas, the largest accumulation of ice after the North and South Poles, is considered the third pole and the consequences of climate change are likely to impact the lives of more than two billion people. people residing in the region.
The Arctic Circle, together with the United Arab Emirates, plans to introduce the Arctic model of collaboration in the third pole region comprising countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, among others.
“It will be designed to become an instrumental contribution to the preparations for COP28 in the UAE towards the end of 2023,” said a statement issued by the Arctic Circle and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
He said the Third Pole process will engage scientists, experts, policy makers and members of political establishments in sustained dialogue.
“Parties involved in Arctic collaboration over the years will share their experience through articles and interviews. Experts and policymakers from the Third Pole and Arctic region will contribute to the dialogue by sharing current information from the respective regions,” the statement read.
UAE Minister for Climate Change and Environment Mariam Almheiri said the UAE is committed to supporting global efforts to protect the natural world.
If left unchecked, melting glaciers will lead to greater biodiversity loss, hamper economic growth and lead to more acute food and water shortages, she said in the statement.
“To avoid this bleak future, we are joining forces with Arctic Circle to roll out the Third Pole Process which will go a long way in forging meaningful partnerships and sharing experiences to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Third Pole region,” said said Almheiri. .
Founded by Icelandic Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in 2013, the Arctic Circle has become the largest international network for dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic.
The Arctic Council was created in 1996 when the prospect of the adverse effects of climate change made the countries bordering the Arctic Ocean realize the need for active cooperation.
It is an intergovernmental forum representing eight nations — Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States. Non-Arctic nations such as France, China, India and Germany are among the Council’s observers.

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