This is one of the most important posts I have ever done.  It serves to connect a lot of the dots.  Don’t miss it.

I understand that historically the average person has had a seriously difficult time believing that a small group of people were conspiring against he rest of us.  Meeting in remote resorts and makeing decisions on issues that affect us far more than them.   But, seriously, with all that has been revealed over the last 50 years… you have to be willfully blind not to recognize this to be true.

We see now that they have deliberately been undermining our national sovereignty through the use of private meetings between wealthy Corporate heads, Royalty, Universities, 501C3 Charities, Philanthropists, private organizations and public leaders who are committing treason selling out their constituents.  They have created their own “GLOBAL GOVERNMENT” that does not care at all what happens to the average person.

I am going to show you, in this post, some of those meetings about which you likely have no knowledge.  I am also going to present evidence that not only was the sinking of the Costa Concordia connected to the plans of these Oligarchs but a couple other tragedies also under the name Concordia.

concord (n.)

early 14c., “agreement between persons, union in opinions or sentiment, state of mutual friendship, amiability,” from Old French concorde (12c.) concord, harmony, agreement, treaty, from Latin concordia “agreement, union,” from concors (genitive concordis) “of the same mind,” literally “hearts together,” from assimilated form of com “with, together” (see con-) + cor (genitive cordis) “heart,” from PIE root *kerd- “heart.” Related: Concordial.
Meaning “a compact or agreement” is from late 15c.

concord (v.)

late 14c., “reconcile, bring into harmony” (transitive); c. 1400, “agree, cooperate,” from Old French concorder and directly from Latin concordare “be of one mind,” from concors “of the same mind” (see concord (n.)). Related: Concorded; concording.con – word-forming element meaning “together, + Kerd – Proto-Indo-European root meaning “heart.”*kerd- 

“Kerd” Proto-Indo-European root meaning “heart.”

It forms all or part of: accordcardiaccardio-concordcorecordialcouragecredence;
 miscreantmyocardiumpericarditispericardiumquarry (n.1) “what is hunted;” record;  recreanttachycardia.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Greek kardia, Latin
cor, Armenian sirt, Old Irish cride, Welsh craidd, Hittite kir, Lithuanian širdis, Russian serdce,
Old English heorte, German Herz, Gothic hairto, “heart;” Breton kreiz “middle;” Old Church Slavonic sreda “middle.”

Herzigovaremember the model who christened the Costa Concordia?   Herz – we see means heart

igo, you go – Verbmall –

Sep 9, 2009 — It comes straight from a Latin word that meant a turning or whirling around, which is the sensation experienced even if standing stock still.
May 23, 2010 — It is suggested the root meaning of vant or vand is vessel


This is another long post, but I promise you it is eyeopening!  There is a lot of information, photos and videos.  I  provide all of it for you.  It is not enough for me to just tell you what I discover.  It is important for you to see the evidence with your own eyes.  I know most people today do not have time to really research and uncover the truth.  However, unless you invest in the TRUTH it will always allude you. If you just brush the surface and/or accept things as they are reported, you are living on only a fraction of the information necessary to reach a solid conclusion.

That may be ok when it comes to making simple decisions like what toothpaste to buy or what color you want your new car to be.  But, when it comes to decisions that affect your life on earth or worse yet your eternal life to come… you can’t afford to be lazy.  The cost is too dear!

Bear with me, and stay to the end.  It will be very beneficial.    ENJOY!


Oh, how they love the MOUNTAINS.   Did you ever wonder why?  Well, wonder NO MORE!  By the end of this post, you will KNOW.

Concordia Summit – Wikipedia

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is best known for its Annual Summit in New York City, which is a global affairs forums that promotes partnering between governments, businesses, and nonprofits to address the world’s most pressing needs.

Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis. They had been best friends since high school, where they were business partners in a successful food purveyor enterprise.[1][2] Both attended university in Washington, D.C., and both had a background in journalism, media, politics, and international affairs.[3][1][4][5][6] Noting the effectiveness of the formats of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the Clinton Global Initiative,[7][2] they founded Concordia as a nonprofit organization that helps develop public-private partnerships (P3s), in the belief that the most effective and sustainable way to find solutions to pressing global issues is through cooperation between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.[8][1][9]

In light of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Swift and Logothetis formulated their first concept as “Building Partnerships Against Extremism”,[10] and focused the first Concordia Summit, in September 2011, on combating the root causes of extremism – failing states, poverty, and lack of education – through dialogue and partnering between businesses, governments, and NGOs.[7][1]

Concordia continues to convene a large annual summit each fall in New York City during the week of the United Nations General Assembly, as a gathering place for world leaders, business leaders, innovators, and nonprofit personnel to discuss and foster cross-sector partnership to address the world’s most pressing problems.[3][11][2] Along with these annual summits and additional regional summits, its year-round activities include events programming in diverse areas, targeted social-impact campaigns, and research into public-private partnerships.[12][8]

Concordia held its inaugural summit in New York City in September 2011. The focus of the summit was the global fight against terrorism, and international efforts to counter the breeding of extremist thought.
On 17 February 2010, at approximately 1423, the sail training yacht SV Concordia was knocked down and capsized after encountering a squall off the coast of Brazil
The first annual Concordia Summit on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, in New York.

13 January 2012, the eight-year-old Costa Concordia hit a ROCK and capsized and was grounded near the Isle of Giglio.

The “Illumined Ones” are always on a quest to ‘ASCEND’ to Godhood.

2023 Concordia Annual Summit September 18-20, 2023. New York City Learn More. 2024 Concordia Annual Summit September 2024. … Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze …
Feb 20, 2023The Concordia Americas Summit—a two-day international forum that convenes a cross section of decision-makers, thought leaders, and influencers wanting to foster dialogue and forge partnerships around critical issues facing the Western Hemisphere—will return to the University of Miami from March 9-10.
Mar 9, 2023CloudFest 2023 Conference Dates and City Location » The 2023 Concordia Americas Summit is scheduled for March 9-10 at the University of Miami in Florida. The event is designed to “confront the challenges and opportunities facing the Western Hemisphere.”
Feb 7, 2023Oscar season is in full swing and several films with Concordia connections are up for Hollywood’s top prizes. The 95th Academy Awards will take place March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Meet the Concordians — all from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema — whose films are vying for Oscar gold. David Christensen, BFA 89.
Our 12th Annual Summit convened the top movers and shakers of today’s world to spark dialogue, promote collaboration, and collectively pave the path toward a more equitable, sustainable future. The 2022 Concordia Annual Summit took place at the Sheraton New York Times Square on September 19-21, 2022.
2022 Concordia Annual Summit With over a decade of experience bringing together heads of state, leaders of the private and NGO sectors, and new and diversified perspectives to explore tangible solutions to local and global challenges, the 2022  Concordia  Annual  Summit  will be the largest convening alongside of the United Nations General Assembly.
Sep 21, 2022 The 2022 Concordia Annual Summit is concluding on Wednesday, September 21st at the Sheraton New York Times Square with closing remarks at 1:50 pm (ET) by Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Blair and the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden. The Summit, which is held in parallel with the UN General Assembly, convened the top movers and shakers of today …
Apr 7, 2022LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The 2022 Concordia Summit began Thursday in Lexington. Big names from across the globe will discuss topics like supply chain problems, the war in Ukraine and food…
Concordia partners with leading global, national, and sector-specific media organizations to bring new audiences to its Annual and Regional Summits  by extending its coverage and reach. This powerful opportunity elevates the dialogue surrounding critical global issues, and helps ensure that the conversation continues well beyond the Summit stage.


Concordia is a global convener of heads of state, government officials, C-suite executives, and leaders of nonprofits, think tanks, and foundations to find cross-sector solutions that address the biggest challenges of our time. The Concordia Annual Summit is the largest and most inclusive nonpartisan forum alongside the UN General Assembly, while Concordia also hosts regional summits with a focus on the Americas, United States, Europe, and Africa. Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.


Concordia is a global convener of heads of state, government officials, C-suite executives, and leaders of nonprofits, think tanks, and foundations to find cross-sector solutions that address the biggest challenges of our time. The Concordia Annual Summit is the largest and most inclusive nonpartisan forum alongside the UN General Assembly, while Concordia also hosts regional summits with a focus on the Americas, United States, Europe, and Africa. Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

He is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Concordia Summit, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that promotes public-private partnerships between business, government, and nonprofit organizations to address the world’s most pressing problems. [2] Early life and education Swift was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. [3]
Matthew Swift is the Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Concordia. Since its inception in 2011, Matthew and his business partner, Nicholas Logothetis, have grown Concordia into a reputable and impactful nonpartisan organization dedicated to actively creating, elevating, and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for positive social impact.
Matthew is an English language male given name. It ultimately derives from the Hebrew name “מַתִּתְיָהוּ‎” (Matityahu) which means “Gift of God”. Matthew. Pronunciation.  To a pagan would mean gift from the gods or from the heavens.
Old English, from swīfan to turn; related to Old Norse svifa to rove, Old Frisian swīvia to waver, Old High German sweib a reversal; see swivel
swivel from frequentative form of stem of Old English verb swifan “to move in a course, revolve, sweep” (a class I strong verb), from Proto-Germanic *swif-, swip- (source also of Old Frisian swiva “to be uncertain,” Old Norse svifa “to rove, ramble, drift”), which is perhaps from a PIE root *swei- “to turn, bend, move in a sweeping manner
swiftie (n.) also swifty, 1945, “fast-moving person,” from swift (adj.) + -y (3). As a nickname often ironic. Also from 1945 as “act of deception, trick, sleight” (compare pull a fast one).
Aug 10, 2022Aug 10, 2022. The First National Bank of Elmer has announced the retirement of Matthew A. Swift, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer. Brian W. Jones, President and CEO said, “Under Matt’s leadership, the accounting and financial segments have been integrated into more efficient and functional areas of …
Matthew A. Swift, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Concordia speaks onstage during the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit – Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Concordia is delighted to announce that Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Matthew A. Swift has been selected to engage with senior military officials and private sector business and community executives for the prestigious 2018 Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 88), hosted by the Secretary of Defense and taking place in June in Alexandria, Virginia.
Jan 10, 2023Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Concordia Bio Current as of September 14, 2022 Nicholas Logothetis is Executive Board Member of the Libra Group and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Concordia. Nicholas is an entrepreneur who has a lifelong passion for politics and international affairs.

masc. proper name, from French Nicolas, from Latin NicholausNicolaus, from Greek Nikolaos, literally “victory-people,” from nikē “victory” (see Nike) + laos “people” (see lay (adj.)). The saint associated with Christmas (died 326 C.E.) was a bishop of Myra in Lycia, patron of scholars, especially schoolboys. A popular given name in England in the Middle Ages (the native form, Nicol, was more common in early Middle English), as was the fem. form Nicola, corresponding to French Nicole. Colloquial Old Nick “the devil” is attested from 1640s (see Nick).

Greek: from the status name logothetēs in Byzantium denoting a high ecclesiastical dignitary or for the keeper of the emperor’s seal also the person who composed the emperor’s speeches and wrote his decrees.  The term is derived from Greek logos ‘word’ ‘speech’ + thetēs an agent noun from tithēmi ‘to put’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022 

Wow… that is powerful naming.  Very enlightening!  Names/Words reveal everything if you find the root!
Nicholas M. Logothetis Vice Chairman Based in New York, Nicholas Logothetis is Vice Chairman of the Board for Libra Group. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Concordia, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and develop public-private partnerships around pressing global issues.
Nicholas LogothetisNicholas Logothetis is Executive Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Libra Group (, an international business group active in 35 countries across six continents and focused on six core sectors: aviation, energy, hospitality, real estate, shipping, and diversified investments. The Libra Group founded Grace …

Libra Group Names Manos Kouligkas CEO; Elevates George Logothetis to …

Jul 20, 2022 His appointment is one of several across the Group, which prioritizes growing and promoting diverse talent from within its ecosystem. In addition to Kouligkas’ appointment, Nicholas M. Logothetis, currently an Executive Board member, will assume with immediate effect an expanded role as the Vice Chairman of the Board.
Logothetis is chairman of Concordia’s leadership council; his brother Nick co-founded the summit. George, the London-born heir to his family’s Greek shipping business, runs a global holding company that owns everything from ships to helicopters to hotels all over the world. The company is so impressive that Logothetis, who flies a bit under the radar in American business, made Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2014.   Source
Director Nicholas Logothetis is cofounder and chairman of Concordia, a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes public-private partnerships around pressing global issues. Mr. Logothetis is an entrepreneur with a lifelong interest in politics and international affairs.
Based in New York, Nicholas Logothetis is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Concordia, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and develop public-private partnerships around pressing global issues. Nicholas is an entrepreneur who also has a lifelong interest in politics and international affairs. While attending the Salisbury School





The University of Miami, Concordia’s Principal Programming Partner, will be the official host of the 2023, 2024, and 2025 Concordia Americas Summits. As Concordia’s longest-standing regional initiative, the seventh iteration of the Americas Summit gathered leaders from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors to confront the challenges and opportunities facing the Western Hemisphere, with a particular focus on Latin America. Furthering many of the outcomes and themes from the 2022 Americas Summit, the 2023 Concordia Americas Summit sparked concrete steps rooted in a common bond: the desire to see the hemisphere reach its full potential.

“A city like Miami has experienced tremendous prosperity because we have followed some simple rules. It highlights to me as Mayor that we have a job to do—not just in terms of leadership in this country, but in terms of leadership throughout the world.” 


“Sometimes we create this false dichotomy between action at the global level and at the national level. The truth is that everything is both global and local at the same time. You can’t be effective as a national leader if you’re not engaged locally.”

  • 2024 Americas Summit – March 2024
  • 2025 Americas Summit – March 2025



In a world fraught with conflict, the value of stable and resilient communities has never been higher. They are built through the active participation of citizens who have a voice in their future. Ensuring that the most disempowered of society, youth, and—in particular—young women are engaged is essential in upholding trusted institutions that respond to the needs of its community. The exchange of a nation’s ideas, language, and art can also be used as tools to articulate its ideas, values and political goals, allowing societies to speak to one another. Can cultural resources be mobilized to unite a divided world? How can cross-sector collaboration place youth advocacy at the center of policy-making decisions?


The state of democracy in the Western Hemisphere has been an increasing concern for decades, but never has it been more pertinent than now. Although the region is vastly represented by democracies,  threats persist of dictatorships taking over democratic institutions, where socioeconomic inequalities and corruption can exacerbate, resulting in highly-polarized societies. A focus on upholding democratic institutions and maintaining national security will be central to policymakers in achieving a sense of domestic peace around the world. How can cross-sector collaboration bring together divided countries? What role will emerging technology play in the future of national security, and how can it be governed?


As instances of devastating natural disasters around the world become more and more common, it has become clear we are in the midst of the consequences of decades of exponential industrial growth and unrestricted consumption. In order to preserve our planetary health and create a healthy future for generations to come, urgent action is required. For governments, this requires rebuilding strength in the trust of institutions. For businesses, the warming climate poses operation risks, and whilst it is widely acknowledged that employing sustainable practices will be more profitable to organizations, there remains a disconnect in their implementation. What opportunities exist for businesses in the shift toward environmental and social responsibility? How can we ensure those suffering the most from the impacts of climate change are not left out when investing in its solutions?


Within nations and along the Global North/South divide, the existing disparities between ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and gender, when examining access to financial services, have been exacerbated by the global pandemic. This hinders the ability of individuals to generate income, invest, and manage cash flow, and hence is essential to the post-pandemic economic recovery. It is also vital in strengthening democratic institutions, which have been dismantled by a declining trust due to a rise in unemployment and  poverty, as well as the rampant spread of mis- and disinformation. At a smaller scale, financial inclusion is also necessary to empower communities, such as by enabling access to education and food. As we strive to build more resilient financial infrastructures, how do we ensure equitable access that retains quality and safety? What doubts remain about the role of technology in closing this gap? What commitments should be made by the private, public, and third sectors in their collaboration?


The events of recent years have redirected unprecedented attention on the need to achieve more resilient healthcare systems. This awareness has also brought a new recognition of long-existing disparities in healthcare around the world along lines of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and the Global North/South divide. Today, we also know the pandemic had a detrimental impact on global mental health, with long-term consequences requiring immediate action. How do we facilitate innovation to prevent the next pandemic being one of mental health? How can we improve global partnerships for pandemic preparedness? How can we use these lessons to redesign stronger healthcare systems that can reach further? And, how can we rebuild institutional trust to ensure optimal healthcare reaches all members of society, and a sense of confidence in our health future?


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, technological innovations have proven to be critical in the response to global challenges and the capacity of societies to act. Organizations and individuals have had no choice but to digitize in order to survive, making a tech-savvy economy and a hybrid workforce the new norm. This digital transformation has brought solutions to civic society, such as increased social connectivity, revolutionary therapeutics, and sustainable technologies. However, it has also produced a new mode of unchecked dialogue leading to a mis- and disinformation crisis. What is the role of technology in society? How can we better fortify against workplace disruptions and close the gendered and socioeconomic digital skills gap? Can the answer to increasing privacy concerns be found collectively?


















Concordia’s Regional Initiatives, focused on the United States, Americas, Africa, Europe, and Amazon region, foster communities of private sector, government, and nonprofit leaders to spark dialogue and enable effective partnerships for social impact. Understanding the role regional affairs play in international relations, these initiatives examine the most pressing challenges in a specific area and identify opportunities for meaningful collaboration.

The Concordia Americas Initiative was launched in May 2016, with the inaugural 2016 Concordia Americas Summit in Miami, Florida serving as one of the first international platforms to raise awareness about the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis. Since then, Concordia has brought together world-renowned political leaders, business innovators, and global non-governmental representatives in Bogotá, Colombia to host its flagship regional convening, exploring critical issues facing the Western Hemisphere, with a particular focus on Latin America, through the lens of cross-sector collaboration.

With the inaugural Concordia Europe Summit taking place in Athens, Greece in 2017, the Concordia Europe Initiative provides an international platform through which to elevate action-oriented dialogue around the outlook for Europe as a whole, while also exploring the critical relationship between the European Union and the international community.


Launched at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit by Former Colombian President Iván Duque, the Concordia Amazonas Initiative raises awareness of the link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet, defining the necessary commitments that must be made by the private sector to preserve the rainforest.

Following the 2022 Lexington Summit, the Concordia United States Initiative provides a necessary platform for multi-sector and bipartisan collaboration in order to effectively drive forward innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing the country.

Officially launched at the 2018 Annual Summit, Concordia Africa is an African-led program that fosters a community of cross-sector leaders to share strategies and priorities for economic growth and lasting prosperity on the African continent. Shaped and driven by local stakeholders, the initiative strives to build sustainable and scalable alliances among the government, private sector, and civil society, in line with Concordia’s broader mission.


The unique captivation of Latin America, with its vibrant dynamics but challenging issues, has resonated with the vision of Concordia since its founding in 2011. The region’s critical position on the global stage, and the interconnected nature of its challenges with the success of the Western Hemisphere, aligns with Concordia’s ethos to create an inclusive, collaborative global community. Latin America has remained a focal point for Concordia since 2011, with the evolution of the organization’s on-the-ground work in Colombia resulting in the establishment of the Concordia Americas Initiative.


Concordia’s initial connection with Latin America began in 2011, when Co-Founders Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis first met Álvaro Uribe Vélez, President of the Republic of Colombia from 2002 until 2010. Iván Duque Márquez, appointed President of the Republic of Colombia in 2018, was working at the Inter-American Development Bank at the time, and advised Matt and Nick to approach Uribe, who was Vice Chairman of the UN investigative committee for the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid. Later that year, President Uribe visited New York City during UNGA week and featured in an interview with MSNBC about the inaugural Concordia Summit (watch here).

In 2012, Concordia was honored to welcome President Uribe to New York City to participate in the 2012 Concordia Annual Summit, where he was interviewed by Matt and Nick and then delivered closing remarks, following a keynote address from President Clinton. That same year, Uribe joined Concordia’s Leadership Council, a powerful roster of former heads of state, leaders of industry, and policy experts with practical experience at every level of government and business.

At the 2015 Annual Summit, Concordia hosted a panel with Andrés Pastrana Arango, Former President of the Republic of Colombia, Jorge Quiroga Ramírez, Former President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Former President of the United Mexican States. The panel, which provided a fascinating insight into how Latin American governments can work with the private sector to overcome political and economic challenges, ended with a standing ovation from the audience in New York City. To read the 2015 Concordia Annual Summit Report, click here.

In May 2016, Concordia hosted its first-ever Summit outside of New York at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. Inspired by Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Concordia Leadership Council Member and President of Miami Dade College, the 2016 Concordia Americas Summit marked the official launch of the Concordia Americas Initiative. The high-level gathering of over 200 public and private sector leaders addressed the priorities of the region, including democracy, energy, trade, regional security, and corruption through a unique and interactive strategic dialogue format—now one of the drivers behind Concordia’s action-oriented programming. The Summit was chaired by José María Aznar, former President of the Government of Spain and Concordia Leadership Council Member, who inspired a focus on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, with programming featuring Venezuelan Human Rights Activist Lilian Tintori. The Summit also marked the first meeting of Tintori and Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the Organization of American States. The 2016 Concordia Americas Summit Report can be found here.

A driving force behind the introduction of the Americas Initiative was María Paula Correa, Concordia’s Former Senior Director of Strategic Engagement. María Paula was instrumental in building Concordia’s Americas presence through the organization’s convenings in New York and Miami, and by leveraging the expertise of Leadership Council Members.


Concordia prioritized collaboration across the Western Hemisphere as a focal point of its 2017 programming and beyond, with the 2017 Concordia Americas Summit in Bogotá, Colombia serving as the organization’s first-ever international convening. Sponsored fully by Colombian companies, the Concordia Americas Summit brought together the past three presidents—then President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, as well as former Presidents Álvaro Uribe Vélez and Andrés Pastrana Arango. Welcoming three heads of state representing varying viewpoints on often polarizing issues marked a defining moment in the country’s history. The Summit was co-chaired by Amb. Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, and Alfonso Gómez Palacio, President of Telefónica Colombia. It also saw the beginning of a partnership with the Instituto de Ciencia Política Hernán Echavarría Olózaga (ICP), a leading Colombian political think tank. To read the 2017 Americas Report, click here.

Following the Summit, Concordia partnered with Conservación Internacional for its inaugural Day of Engagement. Concordia Members had the opportunity to see firsthand how art, culture, and the environment are interwoven into the Colombian peace process, connecting real partnerships to the Summit conversations.


When thinking about Concordia’s return to Colombia in 2018, the need to host a meaningful and relevant convening during an election year was of central importance. At the beginning of the year, Concordia led a series of roundtable discussions examining the issues to be faced by the incoming government. These discussions laid the foundations for Concordia to host the official RCN/NTN24 Presidential Debate (watch here) in April. The debate, which featured the leading six presidential candidates of Colombia’s 2018 elections, was followed by a panel of nationally- and internationally-recognized experts to react to the answers given.

The 2018 Concordia Americas Summit, which took place in July in Bogotá, provided the first major international convening following the country’s presidential elections. In partnership with ICP, Fenalco, Noticias RCN, and NTN24, the Summit convened international thought leaders, politicians, business executives, and non-governmental representatives, to foster constructive dialogue and drive lasting, collaborative solutions to the challenges facing Colombia and Latin America as a whole. The Summit featured President Santos, President-elect Duque, Vice President-elect Ramírez (now President and Vice President, respectively), and former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, among many Colombian private sector leaders. On the Concordia stage, President Duque announced the appointment of Dr. Guillermo Botero, previously President of Fenalco, as his Minister of Defense.

Following the 2018 Concordia Americas Summit, Concordia partnered with Fundación Biblioseo for an inspiring, insightful, and interactive Day of Engagement. Located in the outskirts of Bogota, in Ciudad Bolivar, Biblioseo’s mission is to educate youth aged 8-19 as social leaders and entrepreneurs so that they are stimulated to devise creative solutions to the challenges facing their environments.


In February 2019, Concordia hosted President Iván Duque Márquez for dinner to mark the occasion of his visit to Washington, D.C. The intimate dinner provided an opportunity to hear first-hand from the President himself on not just the progress underway in Colombia, but also on the pressing nature of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. The dinner also served to announce the opening of Concordia’s first international office in Bogotá, Colombia.


Building on many of the themes from the 2019 Americas Summit, the 2019 Annual Summit explored both the challenges and opportunities facing Latin America and examined its position in the global arena. Conversations examined strategies for effective humanitarian intervention in Venezuela, the impact of a U.S.-China trade agreement on developing economies, and reincorporating coca farmers into the Colombian market, among much more.




Europe is entering uncharted territory. Against a backdrop of unprecedented political development, the potential for opportunity is unparalleled. A hub of activity, innovation, and development, the continent is poised to capitalize on this evolving landscape.


Concordia launched its Europe Initiative in 2017, with the inaugural Concordia Europe Summit in Athens, Greece, taking place at a pivotal time for the continent following significant shifts in regional leadership. The Summit, which explored the role of partnerships in preserving a modern-day union, quelling the refugee crisis, and reigniting regional economic growth, highlighted Greece as one of the fundamental foundations of democracy in the world. It featured a keynote address from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who discussed the importance of the transatlantic partnership between Europe and the U.S. in addressing economic challenges and enhancing security.

Given the current state of international affairs, Europe remains at the forefront of many of the most pressing global issues, among them the changing landscape of global commerce, addressing mass migration, achieving the SDGs by 2030, and adapting to technological developments. The region has therefore remained a focal point of Concordia’s programming since the inaugural Europe Summit in 2017. The Concordia Annual Summit has heard from European leaders such as Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the UK, Alexis Tsipras, Former Prime Minister of Greece, and Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, Commanding General of the United States Army Europe, among many other key European figures.

The 2019 Concordia Europe – AmChamSpain Summit, held in Madrid, Spain in June 2019, provided an international platform to elevate action-oriented dialogue for both Spain and Europe as a whole, while also exploring the critical relationship between the European Union and the international community.

Concordia will return to Madrid to host the 2023 Europe Summit on June 15-16. Through a new and innovative format for Concordia, this one-and-a-half day event will bring together 75 decision makers for a set of high-level closed-door conversations centered on the theme of Democracy, Security & Geopolitical Risk, with a focus on cyber and energy security and diplomatic tools. Through a Concilium format, key leaders will be positioned in front of an intimate, dynamic audience, with the ultimate aim to foster honest and transparent interaction between the public and private sectors. While conversations will be off the record, participants will have the opportunity to share their perspectives with select reporters in dedicated press breakouts and interviews. Following the 2023 Europe Summit, Concordia will present key recommendations to Spanish and EU leadership as Spain assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, 2023.  Learn more here.






Launched at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit by Former Colombian President Iván Duque, the Concordia Amazonas Initiative raises awareness of the link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet, defining the necessary commitments that must be made by the private sector to preserve the rainforest.


JULY 26-30, 2023



Launched at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit by Former Colombian President Iván Duque, the Concordia Amazon Initiative aims to raise awareness of the link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet, defining the necessary commitments that must be made by the private sector to preserve the rainforest.

The Initiative’s first iteration will consist of a high-level strategic convening in the Amazon in 2023. This gathering will bring together leaders from the private and public sectors in the form of a four day retreat to celebrate the natural diversity and importance of the Amazon and to forge partnerships around innovative and scalable ideas to protect and renew the ecosystem.

Exploring themes such as indigenous culture, climate and environmental sustainability, research and scientific progress, and other critical topics linked to the Amazon, the Initiative will provide an opportunity for attendees to directly connect with each other and the rainforest itself. With its action-oriented focus, participants will establish and build interventions that will play a pivotal role in any climate action policy framework.

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Conversations on Cultural Diplomacy & Youth Advocacy will focus on the critical role of indigenous communities in preserving the Amazon Rainforest, and the need to protect their human rights and support their social progress. Subtopics include: indigenous conservation methods; indigenous medical pathways, and scaling indigenous entrepreneurship.


Conversations on Environmental Sustainability will convene public and private sector experts to discuss the creation of innovative, scalable market-driven nature based solutions to catalyze and direct capital to benefit the Amazon region across communities while exploring ways to make it sustainable to preserve the environment. Subtopics include: reforestation; biodiversity; mobilizing climate finance, and the role of the energy industry.


Conversations on Health Opportunities & Challenges will highlight the importance of the Amazon as a natural resource in disease treatment and prevention. Conversations will also focus on the intersection of scaling of innovative technologies and science, indigenous medicinal pathways, and market-driven nature based solutions in the Amazon Rainforest to overcome global health challenges.



Following the 2022 Lexington Summit, the Concordia United States Initiative provides a necessary platform for multi-sector and bipartisan collaboration in order to effectively drive forward innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing the country.




A continent rich with unparalleled diversity, unprecedented dynamism, and continuous growth, Africa presents a wealth of opportunity. As the continent undergoes a period of rapid demographic expansion, Africa’s position on the global stage is becoming of paramount importance, but global efforts must be undertaken to ensure that African leadership is placed at the forefront of this progress.

By providing an international platform through which to elevate African voices and priorities on a global scale, the Concordia Africa Initiative puts Africa in the driver’s seat and brings African voices to global discussions. Organically cultivating a community-led initiative underscored by African stakeholders, Concordia’s focus is on enhancing the scope for partnership development and exploring opportunities for innovation on the continent, while ultimately showing that African perspectives are integral to an international dialogue about the continent’s future.


The Concordia Africa Initiative was officially launched at the 2018 Annual Summit, with addresses from two major African heads of state: President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. That same year, Concordia appointed two remarkable African leaders as the recipients of the 2018 Leadership Award: Her Excellency Monica Geingos, First Lady of Namibia, and Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless.

In February 2019, Concordia hosted its 2019 Africa Initiative in London (report available here), which fostered a community of cross-sector leaders to share strategies and priorities for economic growth and lasting prosperity on the African continent. The Initiative focused on three key issue areas: youth employment & entrepreneurshipfinancial inclusion & technology; and, Asian-African ties in investment, trade & infrastructure.


The 2019 Annual Summit built on these conversations and themes, hearing from H.E. Prof. Benedict Oramah, President & Chairman of the Board of Directors at the African Export-Import BankNoëlla Coursaris Musunka, Founder & CEO of MalaikaH.E. Fayez al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of the Government of the National Accord of LibyaEddie Mandhry, Director for Africa at Yale University, and Vivian Onano, Youth Representative for the Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO and Founder & Director of the Leading Light Initiative, among others.

A crucial milestone in the creation of Concordia Africa was the appointment of H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria, to the Concordia Leadership Council in August 2018 (the full announcement can be found here). Serving as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and Chairperson of the African Union from July 2004 to January 2006, President Obasanjo provides unparalleled insight into the political landscape both in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole. As the first Nigerian leader to hand power over to a democratically-elected president, he has played a critical, historic role in shaping the country’s political dynamics, and his steadfast commitment to political activism provides tremendous value to the development of Concordia Africa.

In April 2019, Concordia welcomed H.E. Toyin Saraki, Founder & President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, to its Leadership Council (the full announcement can be found here). In a conversation titled African-Led Philanthropy: Recasting the Aid-Dependent Narrative at the 2019 Africa Initiative, Mrs Saraki shared her insight into the ways in which African philanthropists and corporate foundations can advance meaningful innovations to create social impact across the continent.

Concordia is proud to name Union Maritime as the Founding Sponsor of Concordia Africa. A London-based owner and operator of chemical tankers focused on clean petroleum products in West Africa as well as internationally, a key focus area for Union Maritime is its educational maritime program with African seafaring nations, such as Nigeria. With Africa yielding vast potential in terms of partnerships for social impact, the collaboration between Concordia and Union Maritime is engaging African stakeholders across a wide range of industries, particularly financial services, in order to identify investment strategies that generate positive impact.


#UNGA73: Live from the Concordia Summit

NEW YORK — Today marks day two of the Concordia Summit, Concordia’s annual signature event taking place alongside the United Nations General Assembly


Check out the agenda and watch live here:


Transformer la vision en impact: Annonce des prix du annuel 2017 de  Concordia…

turning Vision into Impact Announcement of the 2017 Annual Awards of Concordia


Concordia Europe Summit in Athens

months planning
3 days set up

2 days event play
70 persons production team
800 attendees
80 leaders hosted


  • Concordia
  • Hilton Athens
  • Conferences
  • 6-7 June 2017
  • #Concordia17

We undertook the challenge to organize and coordinate the summit’s production, meeting all the needs of this high-level institution. By developing an artistic approach that captured the aesthetics of Concordia, we designed and implemented the branding and all relative materials, using all of Hilton Athens Conference Rooms.


The Summit K2

Unlike Everest and the eight other highest. 418 IMDb 68 1 h 37 min 2013.

Pin On K2 Mountain

Web Pakistani mountaineer Naila Kiani seen holding Pakistans flag at the top of K2.

The summit k2.  The story of the deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2. 

K2 in Pakistan is the second-highest peak in the world and remains the only summit over 8000 metres known as the death zone to never have been successfully reached.  A team of 10 Nepali climbers reached the 28251-foot summit of K2 the worlds second-highest mountain on Saturday January 16th according to several (witnessses).

The Summit K2 is slightly shorter than Everest but more dangerous to mountaineers because it is more difficult to climb and has notoriously bad weather.

Within two years Naila Kiani has summited five 8000m peaks including Everest K2 Annapurna and Gasherbrum I and II. K2 8611 meters 28251 feet or Chogori is the worlds second highest mountain after Everest 8048 meters.

Instagramnaila_kiani    Pakistani mountaineer Naila Kiani on Sunday reached the top of K2.

A Rare Photo Of The First Rays Of Sunrise Hit K2 Summit From Concordia Places To See Rare Photos Natural Landmarks

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Explore Baltoro and The Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan in K2 Concordia Trek

K2 Concordia trek is in the Karakoram mountain range of Gilgit Baltistan, PakistanK2 (8611m), the second-highest mountain in the world, is also known as the savage mountain of the Karakoram.

Karakoram is a Turkic term meaning black gravel. The Central Asian traders originally applied the name to the Karakoram Pass.   Source

KARAKORAM Definition & Usage Examples
Karakoram · Also called Mustagh. a mountain range in NW India, in N Kashmir. Highest peak, K2, 28,250 feet (8,611 meters). ·

The Muztagh – Travel The Himalayas

Muztagh is made up of two words : Muz/ Buz which means Ice and Tagh/Dagh which means Mountain. So it means Ice Mountain which is similar to the word Himalayas which gets its from Sanskrit words Him meaning Snow and Alaya which means home.Jan 18, 2019

Karakorum (Khalkha Mongolian: Хархорум, KharkhorumMongolian script:ᠬᠠᠷᠠᠬᠣᠷᠣᠮQaraqorumChinese哈拉和林) was the capital of the Mongol Empire between 1235 and 1260 and of the Northern Yuan dynasty in the 14–15th centuries. Its ruins lie in the northwestern corner of the Övörkhangai Province of modern-day Mongolia, near the present town of Kharkhorin and adjacent to the Erdene Zuu Monastery, which is likely the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. They are in the upper part of the World Heritage Site Orkhon Valley.    SOURCE

Trekking on Baltoro and Godwin-Austin Glaciers to the foothills of this magnificent mountain and Concordia is an absolute classic trek. Concordia is home to the four highest 8000-meter mountains in the world. For its unique location, Concordia is known as the heart of the Karakoram mountain range and earned the nickname “The Throne Room of the Mountain Gods”. On the K2 Concordia trek, you will see the famous Trango Towers, Paiju Peak, Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum I-II, Gilkey Memorial, Broad Peak, and K2 Basecamp.

K2 Concordia trek begins from Islamabad, the purpose-built capital city of Pakistan. Arrive at Islamabad Airport, where you will be picked up by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Islamabad. Night stay in Islamabad, and the next morning take a spectacular mountain view flight from Islamabad to Skardu. You will see K2, Nanga Parbat, and other famous Karakoram peaks from the aeroplane.

The following day, you will continue your K2 Concordia trek on Baltoro glacier to the Urdukas camp (3,900 meters). Urdukas Campsite is beautifully placed a hundred meters above Baltoro Glaciers, built by the men of Abruzzi during their K2 Expedition in 1909. Now you are getting closer to your ultimate destination Concordia and K2 basecamp in the heart of the Karakoram mountain range. 

 Wake up with a spectacular view of Gasherbrum IV, which stands at the head of Baltoro Glacier like a beacon guiding you to Concordia. After a full day of trekking, you will finally arrive at Concordia (4,500 meters), the junction point of Baltoro and Godwin-Austen Glaciers. The combination of Baltoro and Godwin-Austin Glaciers is a large piece of ice outside the Polar region. Galen Rowell has described Concordia as the heart of the Karakoram and the Throne room of the mountain gods in his book.

Gasherbrum IV – surveyed as K3, is the 17th highest mountain on Earth and 6th highest in Pakistan

From Concordia, you will have a closeup view of K2 (8,611 meters), Broad Peak (8,051 meters), Gasherbrum I-II (8,035 meters), and many other famous Karakoram peaks. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset view over these Karakoram giants and the sensational environment of Concordia.

Please have a look at our videos about this trek on YouTube. The videos are from or August-September 2020 trekking groups. The links are below.

K2 Concordia Trek, on Trango Adventure’s YouTube channel.


Concordia & Beyond in The Karakoram
A Panoramic View of Three of the World’s Fourteen 8,000m Peaks from above Urdukus.

Concordia & Beyond in The Karakoram.

Concordia is in the Karakoram mountain range of Pakistan. It is a wider area where glaciers coming down from K2 meet those from the Gasherbrums and Chogolisa. Sir Martin Conway, the famous explorer and alpinist, placed the name Concordia. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet, and here you can stand within 24 kilometres of no fewer than four eight-thousanders and ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks! All trekking groups camp here at approximately 4500 metres on a moraine ridge surrounded by jagged peaks, including Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Crystal Peak, Marble Peak, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak and K2. The best view of K2 is from Concordia and beyond.


24 HOURS IN HELL: How 11 mountain climbers died in one day on K2, the world’s most dangerous mountain
Julie Gerstein May 30, 2019, 8:24 AM CDT

On August 1, 2008  (August is the 8th month,  8/1/28 or European 1/8/28 or 1828.), a group of 25 mountain climbers attempted to summit K2. Located on the border between Pakistan and China, K2 is widely believed to be one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.
From the start, the group encountered several problems, including a late start and a lack of climbing supplies. 
They’re called the 8000ersan elite group of climbers who have managed to ascend the tallest and most dangerous peaks in the world — peaks with an altitude of over 8,000 meters, or 26,246 feet.

This past week, several would-be 8000ers have died attempting to climb the highest of these vaunted peaks Mount Everest. In all, 11 people have died on the mountain since May 21 while climbing in Everest’s notorious Death Zone — the part of the climb that takes place at 26,000 feet and above. Lack of oxygen at that altitude, according to one climber, can feel like “running on a treadmill and breathing through a straw.”

Overcrowding has led to long wait times for climbers to summit and climbers have suffered deadly altitude sickness while waiting to ascend.

But Everest is far from the deadliest mountain. Though around 800 feet shorter than Everest, K2, on the border between China and Pakistan, has the highest ratio of deaths to climbs.

Located at the border between China and Pakistan, K2 is around 800 feet shorter than Everest, but professional climbers consider the ascent much more difficult. Nearly 80 people have died while climbing K2 and it’s considered one of the most grueling climbs in the world. And while nearly 4,000 people have attempted Everest, only 300 have tried to climb K2.

K2’s climbing season is typically between June and August. Extreme weather makes it impossible to climb in all but the warmest temperatures.

In 2008, nearly 200 climbers from around the world arrived at K2’s base camp to attempt the climb. Each group intended to go up separately, spacing out their ascents in order to prevent traffic jams on the route.

But bad weather kept climbers from reaching the summit during June and July. A series of snowstorms made it impossible to climb K2. Climbers spent the summer months acclimatizing and preparing to head up when the weather cleared.

On August 1, a group of 25 climbers from the US, France, Pakistan, Italy, Serbia, The Netherlands, and South Korea — along with their Sherpas and high-altitude porters — began the ascent from Camp 4. They’d spent the previous days climbing up the camp, located at around 7,800 meters (25,000 feet), and set off to complete the final leg of the climb.

Though each group spoke their own language and had made separate preparations for the summit, they came together to tackle the final leg.

Or at least that was the plan.

From the start, there were problems. Bad planning, a lack of communication, and poor conditions endangered them all.

The climbers were being led by a nine-person “trailbreaking group” made up of members from various climbing teams who were responsible for the fixing ropes along the course that would make it possible to safely summit.

But they got a late start on the trail. They also failed to bring enough rope to properly prepare the Bottleneck, a narrow rocky pathway with steep gullies, widely considered to be the most harrowing part of the climb. A serac — a block of glacial ice — hangs over the Bottleneck, threatening to fall on climbers at any moment. As Norwegian climber Lars Nessa explained in “The Summit,” “the main tactic is to minimize your time under the serac.”

As the trailbreaking group headed toward the Bottleneck, it became apparent that they’d begun fixing rope way too early on the course, which meant that not enough rope was left for the most difficult parts of the climb.

The group of 25 was brought to a standstill as climbers had to move back down the course to collect rope in order to move forward

In the afternoon, a climber from Serbia lost his footing and fell. Later, while attempting to move the body, a porter from Pakistan hired by the French team suffered from oxygen deprivation and fell to his death.

At around 4 p.m., the group was making its way across the Bottleneck when Dren Mandic, a climber from Serbia, lost his footing and fell.

Climbers watched as he tumbled down the side of the mountain and skidded to a stop. Mandic briefly stood up, and then collapsed again. Some of his Serbian teammates descended to attempt to help him, but it was too late. Mandic was dead.

While attempting to move Mandic’s body, the second death occurred. Jehan Baig, a high altitude porter from Pakistan who’d been hired by the French team, appeared to suffer from oxygen deprivation and began acting erratically. He slipped and plunged to his death.

After a brief discussion, the rest of the climbers decided to continue on toward the summit. They were descending in the dark when a ridge of ice fell on them and a Norwegian climber fell to his death.

The first set of climbers reached the summit at around 4:30 p.m. Hours passed as one by one they celebrated reaching K2’s peak. The last climbers to head off the mountain were Marco Confortola (from Italy) and Ger McDonnell (from Ireland) at around 7:30 p.m. Because of the late start, they would be descending back down to Camp 4 in the dark.

Around 8:30 p.m., a group of Norwegian climbers were passing through the Bottleneck on their way back down when a chunk of the serac fell on them, dislodging and cutting off the fixed lines that had been in place to help them descend, effectively stopping the group in their tracks.

As the heavy, sharp ice fell upon the group, Norwegian climber Rolf Bae lost his footing. His wife Cecilie Skog and their teammate Lars Flatø Nessa watched helplessly as Bae fell to his death.

Cecilie Skog had just watched her husband die. And now she had to save her own life by making her way down the mountain.

Skog and Nessa began moving down the mountain without fixed lines, relying on their pickaxes and crampons to make it back to Camp 4.

Within high altitude mountaineering, there is an unwritten code that if someone is dying and you know you’re going to put your own life at risk, you should leave them,” explained Pat Falvey, a 2003 Everest summit leader, in the 2013 documentary about the K2 disaster, “The Summit.”

While some experienced climbers were able to free solo down in the dark, less experienced climbers who had made it up the mountain with the help of guides were stranded without the ropes.

A group of several Korean climbers became entangled in the dislodged ropes and were forced to wait for someone to come rescue them in the Death Zone.

While climbing up K2 is obviously dangerous, it’s actually descending from the summit that takes the most lives. One in four climbers who successfully summit K2 will not survive the descent.

That’s because extended time in the “Death Zone” can leave climbers in a state of extreme hypoxia. Deprived of oxygen, cells begin to die, and sufferers can experience extreme disorientation and confusion as the body shuts down.

As van de Gevel and D’Aubarede set out from the summit, D’Aubarede appeared sluggish and out of sorts. D’Aubarede signaled for van de Gevel to go ahead of him. And then suddenly van de Gevel looked back and D’Aubarede was gone. He, too, had slipped off the side of the mountain.

As the sun rose on August 2, the climbers who had made it back down to Camp 4 took stock of those still left on the descent. 

Several Korean climbers and their Sherpas were still stranded above the Bottleneck in the Death Zone, waiting for rescue. The head of the Korean team ordered two additional Sherpas — cousins Tsering and Pasang Bhote — to bring them all down.

They paid us and acted like they owned our lives,” Tsering Bhote said of the Korean team leader who made him and his cousin rescue his fellow Korean climbers. 

Ger McDonnell and Marco Confortola attempted to help the entangled Korean climbers, working for hours to free them, unaware that several Sherpas were heading back up the Bottleneck path with the same goal.

After several hours, Confortola, concerned about his own oxygen deprivation, began heading back down the mountain. McDonnell stayed with the Koreans, and at one point, began climbing higher. Many of those who knew McDonnell believe he was attempting to strategize a way to free the Korean climbing group.  McDonnell was never seen alive again. He is believed to have been killed by another ice fall.

Suddenly, an avalanche thundered down the side of the mountain and took a climber with it.
Confortola, now seriously struggling, spotted the body in the avalanche’s wake. He believed it to be that of Ger McDonnell.

All of a sudden I saw an avalanche coming down. It was only 20 meters to my right,” Confortola said. “I saw the body of Gerard sweep past me.

Other climbers disputed Confortola’s claim and believed that it was Hugues D’Aubarede’s high altitude porter Karim Meherban, whose body was never recovered.

Confortola continued to descend after McDonnell allegedly wandered back up, leaving the Korean climbers behind, but he didn’t make it all the way to Camp 4.

The Sherpas made it to the stranded Korean climbers, but another huge chunk of the ice ridge fell. More men died.

In the early afternoon, Tsering and Pasang reached the Korean contingent of climbers, who had weathered a cold night in the Death Zone with their cousin Jumic Bhote.

One of the Koreans was too severely injured to attempt the trek, and Tsering stayed behind with him. The two other Koreans, guided by Pasang and Jumic, made their way toward the Bottleneck.

But as they slowly descended, another huge chunk of the serac fell, raining ice and snow down upon the four-person group.

Tsering later recounted the horror of watching his brother and cousin fall to their deaths in the chaos.

Following their descents, several of the climbers had to be helicoptered to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Italian climber Marco Confortola and Dutch climber Wilco van Rooijen, were both treated for severe frostbite and lost toes.

Rooijen spent two full nights on the mountain by himself, experiencing hallucinations and snow-blindness.

“There were so many moments when I thought I saw a climber and thought I heard voices, but I knew there couldn’t be people there,” Rooijen said of the ordeal. “It was a scary moment when I knew I was reaching my limits. I was thinking no one knows where I am and they will not be coming back.”

Wilco Van Rooijen believes the K2 disaster was caused by a lack of communication and broken promises.

The biggest mistake we made was that we tried to make agreements,” Rooijen told Reuters, speaking of the large numbers of climbers from different countries and teams attempting to share responsibility.

Some people did not do what they promised,” he continued, singling out the Korean team for failing to bring the proper supplies to Camp 4.

In total, 11 people died over the course of 24 hours, on K2.
Kim Hyo, Park Kyeong, and Hwang Dong from Korea; Jimc Bhote and Pasang Bhote from Nepal; Jehan Baig and Karim Meherban from Pakistan; Hugues d’Aubarède from France; Ger McDonnell from Ireland; Dren Mandic from Serbia; and Rolf Bae from Norway.

Many questioned how they could leave so many of their fellow mountaineers on K2’s grueling slopes. But Lars Nessa believes most people simply don’t understand how difficult the climb really is.

Critics, Nessa says in “The Summit,” are “upset when people don’t go up and rescue people in this dreadful environment where you likely will be killed by doing so. There will be things we will never know, but the question you should ask is “What would you do?



 SV CONCORDIA  –  SV is a “sailing vessel,”
Description Concordia was built by Colod of Szczecin, Poland in 1991, and completed in April 1992. [1] She was 57.50 metres (188 ft 8 in) long, with a beam of 9.44 metres (31 ft 0 in) and a draft of 4.00 metres (13 ft 1 in). She was 35.00 metres (114 ft 10 in) to the top of the highest mast.