We are sorry to convey the news that Dr Pushkin Phartiyal, Executive Director CHEA and Governing Councillor IMI passed away earlier this morning. Dr Phartiyal played a pioneering role for IMI, having convened the very first Sustainable Mountain Development Summit in Nainital in 2011. It was this Summit which first gathered all mountain stakeholders together to discuss the creation of the IMI forum. SMDS-I inspired states such as Sikkim, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh to follow suit. The model of the first Summit will be emulated by all Summit hosts in the future, and this legacy is deservedly Dr Phartiyal’s. This is a big loss to the IMI movement and community. He will be sorely missed.