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HUC Task Force on Sustainability and Resource Mobilisation

published date
20 September 2023 to 23 September 2023
Chi Huyen Truong (Shachi)

HUC is a thriving network of over 90 universities in the eight Hindu Kush Himalaya countries and across the world. The Consortium’s driving force lies in its Thematic Working Groups and cross-cutting groups: member-led clusters operating on a resource-sharing basis.

One of the key decisions of the HUC Steering Committee Meeting in Lanzhou in April 2023 was to establish a Sustainability and Resource Mobilisation Task Force. The Sustainability Task Force (STF) will act as an advisory body to the HUC Steering Committee. The STF will commence in the third/last quarter of 2023 and complete its mandate by the end of the implementation of the HUC Strategy 2025.

Within 10 days of open solicitation in early August, 12 Co-Leads of the HUC Thematic Working Groups, cross-cutting workgroups, and dedicated scholars signed up as members of the STF. Two Steering Committee members, Prof Tri Ratna Bajracharya (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) and Prof Nichole Georgeou (Western Sydney University, Australia), will co-chair the STF.


  • Discuss detailed work plan, with clear priorities, for the term of the STF  
  • Assign specific tasks to each member and clusters of members
  • Map resources that can be mobilised for the STF activities during its term


Previous HUC Task Forces

The Membership Policy Review Task Force (2017-2018) was co-led by two Steering Committee Members, Prof Xu Jun (Sichuan University) and Prof Ashok Gurung (the India China Institute). Based on a thorough review of the quality of HUC membership and the key lessons learned from the exposure visit to the International Secretariat of the UArctic (Rovaniemi, Finland, July 2017), the Membership Task Force proposed: i) To devise a membership fee collection scheme, to be discussed and endorsed by members; ii) the Consortium to consider expanding membership categories to include individual scholars, policymakers and practitioners as well as like-minded consortia; iii) establish a cluster focusing on resource mobilisation for the Consortium’s short-term collaborative activities and medium-term sustainability.

The Education for Sustainable Mountain Futures Task Force (2019-2020) was led by Dr Phanchung, ICIMOD Mountain Chair (2017–2019). It met in Lobesa, Bhutan (June 2019) and Kathmandu (February 2020), resulting in a well-crafted Education for Sustainable Mountain Futures Strategy, endorsed by the HUC Steering Committee and the General Assembly through e-voting. 



Wednesday, 20 September 

Time (NPT) Programme


17:30–18:30 Introduction of co-chairs and members of the Sustainable and Resource Mobilisation Task Force
18:00-20:00 Welcome dinner at Hotel Himalaya


Thursday, 21 September

Time (NPT) Programme
17:00 sharp

Bus departing from ICIMOD (after the first day of 2nd HKH Science Policy Forum) for Hotel Himalaya


Working dinner

Two writing groups – i) Member Business, ii) Resource Mobilisation 


Friday, 22 September

Time (NPT) Programme
17:00 sharp

Bus departing from ICIMOD (after the second and final day of 2nd HKH Science Policy Forum) for Dhokaima Cafe


Working dinner

Two writing groups – i) Member Business, ii) Resource Mobilisation 


Saturday, 23 September 

Time (NPT) Programme

Chair: Prof Tri Ratna Bajracharya


Resource mapping for Task Force and Consortium activities 2023–2025



Lunch break



Depart from Kathmandu