Irrigated Fields Along Lodhiya River

Kirora Nallah Joins Sarda upstream of Tanakpur Barrage

Sarda Ghat Near Tanakpur

Confluence of Saryu and Kali

Confluence Conclave at Reetha Saheb March 2017

Confluence Conclave in Sheraghat March 2017

Confluence Conclave in Champawat March 2017

Wide Expanse of River Lodhiyan

Wide Expanse of River Lodhiyan

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Civil society organizations working in India and Nepal have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with one another for a long time. Similarity of cultural, political and economic contexts and commonality of social issues have brought them together. Collectively, they have contributed substantially to bilateral relations between the two countries and have been instrumental in forging people to people contact at various levels. The solidarity which India and civil society groups exhibited with Nepalese nation during the present political developments in Nepal whereby monarchy was forced to take a back seat and popular interim Government assumed the governance of the Nation has strengthened peoples resolve to win back much cherished democracy. This episode stands and would continue to stand out as the high point of bilateral cooperation and relations. Notwithstanding few irritants in Indo-Nepal relations, India has always been forthright in supporting democracy and peoples cause in the only Hindu country of the world.

To carry forward this tradition of cooperation between the civil societies of the two nations, and to address the new challenges both humanitarian and socio-political and economic Non-government organizations and citizens groups in India and Nepal have taken an initiative to form a joint working group which will primarily explore the areas of common concern and seek convergence of efforts on social land rights issues in both countries. The group is open to NGOs of Indian and Nepal who work with similar concern and wish to contribute to the well being of people and strengthening of human rights infrastructure in two countries and improve bilateral relations further.

The goal of the Forum would be to strengthen the relations between the two countries by enhancing people to people contact and have common platform to discuss issues which affect lives on both sides. The group would encourage cross border cooperation on various issues including social, cultural and political.

Specifically the group would strive to attain following objectives:

  1. To strengthen human rights infrastructure and promotion of rights as per the global commitments and standards.
  2. To explore and engage people on both sides in addressing common issues and seek areas of convergence and mutual cooperation.
  3. To improve the bilateral relations through cooperation of civil society groups , citizen groups.
  4. To provide assistance, expertise and peoples alternatives, to the governments of both countries and approaching and dealing with common issues.

The joint group would organize following set of activities to achieve stated objectives:

  1. Building capacity of CSOs/NGOs and citizens groups on several issues of common concerns including, human rights, democracy and good governance.. To begin with, the core issues would be human trafficking, human rights mechanism, and Dalit human rights. However, later on other critical issues related to environment, food security and international trade could also be taken up for capacity building interventions.
  2. to collect, documents, research, and disseminate information pertaining to diplomatic, social, cultural relations and developments with the objective of opinion building on several issues.
  3. Organize and conduct workshops, consultations, colloquium to obtain peoples opinion on any specific or general issues and make the governments aware.
  4. To encourage mutual programmes at government and non-government level to curb trafficking on the border areas.