The 2017 Lumbini International Steering Committee (ISC) Meeting will be taken place from 17 to 19 February 2017 in Lumbini, Nepal.
In January 2015, a very first cross-cutting Lumbini ISC Meeting was jointly organized in Lumbini by the Nepali authorities and UNESCO, bringing together high-level officials of the Nepali Government, representatives of the local authorities, international experts, representatives of UNESCO and the Donor country, various NGOs, and representatives of the Buddhist community from Lumbini and Kathmandu. Together, they worked on finding solutions for a holistic approach to property management, adequately linking preservation imperatives and development requirements, and started a regular consultation process.
In April 2016, the 2016 Lumbini ISC Meeting was opened by the Director-General of UNESCO as part of her official visit to Nepal. From Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova commended international efforts to combine safeguarding with the balanced development of a spiritual site that represents a universal message of peace, on 19 April 2016.
For this 2017 Lumbini ISC Meeting, in addition to the present members of the ISC, this year, the organisers call upon the Ambassadors of Japan, Germany, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Additionally, the list of invitees includes representatives from KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency), the World Bank, ADB (Asian Development Bank), the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Local Development of Nepal, the Lumbini and Kapilvastu municipalities, the Buddhist bodies, and some of the monasteries in Nepal.