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Europe Day 2021-Nepal

04/05/2021 - 08:40
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This year, we mark the 71st anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. The declaration traces back to 9 May 1950 in Paris, when the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman set out in a speech his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between European nations unthinkable. This was the beginning of a peace project that ultimately led to the creation of the European Union (EU) as we know it today and every year on 9 May we celebrate this date as 'Europe Day'.

Every year on 9 May, the EU institutions in Europe, as well as its delegations and offices all over the world organise a variety of activities for all ages to celebrate Europe Day and raise awareness of the EU.

This year’s celebrations come amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with the social distancing measures, online events will replace “traditional” Europe Day celebrations. We may not be able to share physical spaces, but we can still be together virtually.

Happy Europe Day 2021.


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Europe Day Activity Highlights (All are Virtual)

To join all virtual programmes;


9th May #

  • Live chat with EU Ambassadors of Asia Pacific: Already many have shown interest to join. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the Ambassadors how they have been coping with the challenges of changing people’s lives amidst the COVID crisis. Link to the live chat at 13:45 hr local time:
  • We will be going virtually live at 4:00 pm, Link to the FB: To be added soon
  • Experience sharing by EU Member States Ambassadors regarding their work and engagements in Nepal; also being aired from Kantipur Television at 6:30 pm, & re-telecast at 10:00 pm
  • Video Message from Honourable Foreign Minister of Nepal, Honourable Pradeep Gyawali: Watch the video also on our FB: Link to follow
  • Video Message from High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice President of the Commission for a stronger Europe in the world, video link: To be added soon
  • Virtual performance by ‘Kutumba’ band of the Nepali and European National Anthem
  • Results Announcement and Green Growth and Green Recovery
  • Interaction among Video Contest Winners, Jury Members, Influencers and EU Ambassador


About the Influencers ( Najir Hussain)


Najir Hussain is a Nepalese film actor, who has acted in 9 Nepali movies so far. He made his debut with the movie ‘Hostel Returns’. The movie turned out to be a commercial success where Hussain was praised for his role of a poor Madhesi engineering student . One of the most critically acclaimed actors in Nepal, he is the first Madhesi Muslim to rise into fame from his native Madhesi role. Hussain is a theater actor as well. He began his career in acting at the Mandala Theater.


Nisha Adhikari (Actor, Mountaineer and Social Activist)


Nisha Adhikari is a Nepali actress and mountaineer who entered the entertainment industry after winning Miss International Nepal at the age of 18. She was set to participate in the Miss Nepal 2008 beauty contest, which later got cancelled because of Maoist protest. The following year she became the youngest judge in the history of the pageant after she actively participated in raising her voice against the shut down and was very vocal about raising awareness on human rights and freedom.



11th May

  • Panel Discussion on ‘Climate Change, Sustainability & People in the Mountains,  Partners: EU, Embassy of Finland & ICIMOD
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12 : am ;  Watch live on FB, Link to follow


Names of Members of the Panel and Moderator



Proposed Programme


Moderated by Mr. Basanta Shrestha, Director Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD




10:50 AM.

Participants join online

11:00 AM.

Welcome to Europe Day 2021

H. E. Mr. Pertti Anttinen, Ambassador of Finland to Nepal: Opening


11:05 AM.


Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD

11:10 AM

Climate Actions in the HKH - to Protect the Pulse


About the session and introduction of panelists by moderator (5 mins)


Panelists 7 minutes each

  • Climate change impacts on future water availability, and disaster risks

Dr. Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Programme Manager, River Basins and Cryosphere Programme, ICIMOD


  • Green, resilient and inclusive development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Dr. Nanki Kaur, Programme Manager, Adaptation and Resilience Programme, ICIMOD


  • Climate Change Adaptation – learnings from EU-HIMALICA programme

Dr. Surendra Joshi, Programme Coordinator, ICIMOD

  • Climate Change Adaptation and mitigation – learnings from EU-Finland supported RVWRMP project

Dr. Juho  Haapala, Rural Monitoring Reporting Specialist, Rural Village Water Resources Management Project, Dadeldhura


Q&A session (15 minutes)

11:55 AM

Closing remarks

H. E. Nona Deprez, EU Ambassador to Nepal



12th May, Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Link to FB live: to be added soon

  • Women in Nepal: Conversation between the French and German ambassadors and two female leaders
  • Discussion to be focused on and not limited to EU approach on women rights and women empowerment, personals experiences, influence of the European thinking on the Nepali society/Nepalis, etc
  • Panelists: Ms. Sarita Pariyar, writer and social justice activist & Ms. Bhushita Vasistha, publishing Editor of Nepalaya, writer and poet      


13th May, Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 Pm, Link to FB live to be added soon


 Panel Discussion: Current Challenges of Circular Economy in Nepal

Partners: EU Delegation to Nepal, Nepal Economic Forum(NEF)

About the Panel:

Circular economy has long been hailed as key to addressing the ongoing finite resources crisis and production of waste. As one of the fastest growing global economies, it has been more important than ever for Nepal to hop onto the bandwagon and leverage the benefits of this approach. 

Considering this, the discussion has been organized to bring together policymakers and practitioners to delineate the current practices, opportunities and challenges for Nepal adopt CE and further learn from the successful practices in the European Union. 

On another note, let me know if the invitations have been sent to the speakers. I have not received any mail, so was wondering. We need their profile and photo asap so if you could expedite that, it would be great. 




  • Opening of the panel: EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Nona Deprez


  • Overview on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan: Dr. Arab Hoballah, Team Leader, SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility, GIZ, Thailand.


  • Mainstreaming Circular Economy in National Strategies and Action Plans: Dr. Radha Wagle, Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Environment. (TBC)


  • Circular Economy in Practice: Lesson learned and sharing of experiences from an international perspective: Anouk Tamrakar, Founder Timro Concept Store.


  • Circular Economy in Practice: Lessons learned and sharing of experiences from a local perspective: Doko Recyclers. (TBC)


  • Circular Economy in Practice: Lessons learned and sharing of experiences from a local perspective: Sanjeev Jha, Hulas Wire (Metal Industry Practices). (TBC)




  • Sadikchya Singh, Coordinator, Himalayan Circular Economy Forum


  • Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks


  • Eloisa Astudillo Fernandez, Deputy Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to Nepal


14th May, Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 Pm, Link to FB live to be added soon

  • Panel discussion: Climate Change: From the Perspective of Erasmus Alumnae

List of Panelists



Current Occupation


Bidya Nath Jha

Joint Secretary, Forest Director at Bagamati State Government of Nepal

Focus: NRM and Policy


Bibek Raj Shrestha

Research Associate, Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS)

Focus: Wildlife and Conservation


Shilu Dahal

Business Development Manager, Karma group of companies

Focus: Agriculture


Ajay Karki


Under Secretary, Office chief in The President Chure Programme

Focus: NRM and Watershed


Biplabi Bhattarai

PhD student, University of Tartu, Estonia

Focus: Academics and research 





Nirajan Khadka

Environment and Climate Change Consultant, IFAD


Community managers



Rohit Nepali

MSc student


Laxmi Chaulagain

MSc Student














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