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COMSATS organized a Seminar on September 22, 2016, to commemorate the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, in Islamabad. The event was held in collaboration with Pakistan Academy of Sciences, at the latter’s premises on the theme of ‘Framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. Mr. Neil Buhne, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan, was the Chief Guest at the event that was attended by over 90 participants including academicians, scientists, economists, entrepreneurs, sustainable development policy makers & practitioners, media and civil society; representatives of government, international development agencies, NGOs and education institutions.

In addition to the address of the Chief Guest and the opening remarks from the organizers, the event featured two keynote addresses, two technical talks, and a panel discussion session.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Buhne noted that dynamics of the world and cooperation patterns over the years are changing very fast, however, South-South Cooperation is still relevant in many ways. He said the development paradoxes in Pakistan are not much different from those in the developed countries. Despite a number of shortcomings, Pakistan is one of the earliest adopters of the SDGs at the parliament level, he added. The UN Resident Coordinator also laid emphasis on the importance of development indicators for assessing the progress made.

On behalf of the event organizers, Dr. Anwar Nasim, President of PAS, and Mr. Irfan Hayee, Deputy Director (Programmes) COMSATS, gave their opening remarks. Dr. Nasim strongly advocated the role of science academies in promoting S&T for sustainable development. In special connection to COMSATS, he recalled and recognized the services of Prof. Abdus Salam, who made invaluable contributions to the development of science and relevant institution building in developing countries. He hoped that the science complexes created for promotion of S&T would live up to their mandate and potential. Mr. Hayee noted that COMSATS’ programmes are consistent with the concepts of South-South cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals. He considered COMSATS’ Network of Centres of Excellence an important force in the organization of South-South Cooperation activities.

The keynote presented by Prof. Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari, Secretary General of PAS, entitled ‘From MDGs To SDGs & South-South Cooperation Needed for its Success’, highlighted the crucial relationship between science, society, and policy making. He highlighted the number of socio-economic challenges that need to be taken into account for making science and technology beneficial for the society. He believed that there could be no development without scientific intervention and solutions. He said most SDGs are interlinked, achieving one goal could have unintended consequences on others if pursued separately. Prof. Shinwari concluded his presentation by stressing the need for having concrete policies for South-South cooperation in efforts to overcome shared challenges and accelerate the progress towards sustainable development goals.

The second keynote address was given by Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Chairman, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), who was also representing the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan. In his address entitled ‘Role of STI to the Three Dimensions/Pillars of Sustainable Development’, he pointed out the interdependence of various SDGs. He believed there is an over emphasis on one of the pillars of Sustainable Development, the Economy, without due consideration to the other two, i.e., society and environment. He considered political will and human resource development as the key factors that can drive sustainable development efforts. For successful achievement of SDGs, Dr. Gilani highlighted the need for country-specific need assessment and rationalizing the goals accordingly, as global agendas cannot be adopted as such for each nation. He considered the role of media very crucial in spreading awareness and highlighting the importance of scientific interventions for development.

Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Mr. Syed Tanvir Abbas Jafri, Incharge China Study Center, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) gave the technical talks on the occasion. Dr. Suleri shared people’s skepticism about the achievement of the Goals. He considered the SDG 16, ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’ the most important for an overall socio-economic development. He noted that although per capita incomes seem to be increasing, the disparity in incomes and inequality is still on the rise. He called for rationalizing expectations from the SDGs and modifying approaches for achievement of these Goals, especially in the light of the world’s experience with the MDGs.

Mr. Jafri’s talk, entitled ‘China: Exporting Sustainable Development’, dealt with the ‘One Belt one Door (OBOR)’ project of China, as a case study of South-South Cooperation. He informed that with trade as its major focus, China’s OBOR involves cooperation agreements with 65 countries and benefits many more. He discussed a number of related aspects of the programme, including financial, political, social and cultural. It was noted that a number of free trade agreements have been signed with stake-holding countries. He believed that despite the vast benefits this project may accrue for the countries involved, they need to remain sensitive towards their human resource and innovation needs.

The event concluded with an interactive panel discussion session, with the following panelists: Dr. Suleri; Dr. Nasim; Prof. Dr. N.M. Butt, Chairman PINSAT; Dr. Qasim Jan, Advisor COMSTECH; as well as Mr. Wasim Hashmi Syed, Advisor (HRD), who represented Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman HEC, Pakistan. The panelists addressed questions and concerns raised by the audience related to the theme of the event.

At the conclusion, shields from the host institutions were given to the distinguished speakers.

Upcoming Events

Mar
11
Mon
2019
Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

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Theme: “Rational Use of Water Resources”

Background and Rationale of the Workshop

Many parts of the world today are confronted by an acute water crisis that has several facets, including water deprivation among the world’s poor, fast-rising global water demand and climate change. The water security and poverty nexus is a particularly serious issue for development. Economic activity and growth, which are necessary for job creation and raising incomes in developing countries, depend on adequate, affordable and reliable supplies of water.

One of the main goals of the UN to be achieved by 2030 is to “substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity” (SDG No. 6).

Introduction

Keeping in mind the SDG number 17: “Partnerships for the Goals”; the National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamabad are co-organizing a workshop entitled “Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination”.

Aims and Objectives

The workshop is designed to be an intensive co-working for specialists in the academic, administration and industrial sectors in all subjects of interest related to Science, Technology and Innovation. It will give them an opportunity to discuss, exchange opinion and reach recommendations of how to maximize efforts for rational use of water resources.

Targeted Participants

This event targets a wide range of participants, including:

  • Young scientists working in Science, Technology and Innovation with specific emphasis on water resources.
  • Academician working in industrial and service sectors related to water resources, and
  • Mid-to senior-level government officials in related Ministries.

Language

All technical and discussion sessions of the workshop will be conducted in English language.

Financial Support

Accommodation for three nights in a suitable hotel and local transportation for international speakers and local administrative expenses of the workshop will be covered by NRC, Egypt. The economy class airfare and perdiam of the selected international speakers will be covered by COMSATS.

Themes

1. Water crisis in different parts of the world
2. Successful stories in water desalination
3. Successful stories in rational use of water in industrial sectors
4. Successful stories for rational use of water in agriculture
5. Future outlook regarding cooperative programs and projects among COMSATS Member States
6. Water recycling and utilization

How to Apply

Applications for participation (duly filled-in prescribed form, abstract of presentation, detailed CV and passport copy) are required to be submitted to NRC and COMSATS no later than Monday, 31st December 2018, at the following addresses:

Prof. Hosam El-Sayed
Assistant Vice President for Research &
International Relations
National Research Centre
33, El-Behouth St., 12311-Dokki,
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: (+20 100) 544 36 51
Fax: (+202 333) 701010
E-mail: hosam@trdegypt.org, hosamelsayed58@gmail.com

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Apr
16
Tue
2019
The 22nd Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council, 16-17 April 2019, Tianjin, China
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day

The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is pleased to announce the convening of the 22nd meeting of its Coordinating Council scheduled to be held in Tianjin, China, on 16 – 17 April 2019. The meeting will be hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence, the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. The meeting programme includes a visit to TIB’s laboratories on 18th April 2019.

The Coordinating Council meets every year, inter alia, to: review the activities of COMSATS’ Network; follow up on the decisions and recommendations made in the previous meeting; and outline the future course of action.

Invitations and Confirmation of Participation

The Executive Director COMSATS has extended invitations to all members of the Coordinating Council. The representatives of some international partner organizations have also been invited to participate in the meeting as Observers.

COMSATS Headquarters is closely coordinating with the host institution (TIB) to ensure timely arrangements.

Agenda and Working Paper

The provisional Agenda of the meeting has been prepared. The detailed Working Paper and associated documents of the meeting are under preparation and will be electronically distributed to the Council members and other invitees during first half of March 2019.

For further details, please contact:

COMSATS Secretariat, Pakistan TIB, China

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9204892
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Prof. Dr. Jibin Sun
Deputy Director-General
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Tianjin, China
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: 0086-22-84861949
Fax: 0086-22-84861943
Email: sun_jb@tib.cas.cn

Ms. Qianqian Chai
Officer of Foreign Affairs and Academic Exchange
Division of Science and Technology Development
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS)
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: +86-2284861925
E-mail: chai_qq@tib.cas.cn
http://english.tib.cas.cn

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