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The Sambaad was established in 2019 as a permanent global forum is headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a joint collaborative initiative of Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) and the Policy Research Institute (PRI), the Sambaad strives to be a welcoming ground for all stakeholders for impartial, transparent, open discussion and free flow of thoughts and ideas.
It is structured as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral discussion forum. Every two years, the Sambaad draws in Kathmandu global leaders involving heads of state/government, parliamentarians, policy makers and local governments, as well as leaders from inter-governmental organizations, private sector, civil society, think tanks, academia, women, youths and media to discuss on the ways of cooperation, exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences on prominent global issues.
The first edition of Sagarmatha Sambaad will be held in Kathmandu from 2 to 4 April 2020 featuring the theme ‘Climate Change, Mountains and the Future of the Humanity’. The Head of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition secretariat, Helena Molin Valdes, will be a speaker at the event.