The Nepal Cabinet on Friday held a historic meeting at the Everest Base Camp in Kalapatthar to send a message to the world that the Himalayas in Nepal are melting because of climate change triggered by carbon emissions in big countries.

The meeting was held at an altitude of 17,192 feet and was chaired by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. Mr. Nepal and other Ministers raised the burning issue of melting snow in the Himalayas and said the world needed to unite to reduce carbon emission. “The carbon-emitting producing countries should be responsible,” Mr. Nepal said adding, “so that the least developed countries like Nepal could avert the negative impacts.”

The meeting attended by Ministers wearing oxygen mask started around 11 a.m. local time and lasted 10 minutes. Later, Mr. Nepal addressed national and international media in Syangboche.

The Cabinet meeting issued an Everest Declaration that expresses Nepal’s commitment to lessening the effects of climate change. It highlights the need for South Asian countries to work together for the same. As an effect of climate change, Nepal has been experiencing problems such as formation of new glacial lakes, off-season yields and floods.

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