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Science Diplomacy Program: Talk Highlights Need for Scientific Approach to Materialize Sustainable Development Goals in COMSATS Member States

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COMSATS Member States need science and technology-based solutions and approaches for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and these nations should engage their R&D organizations in the process for formulation of national development plans. These views were expressed by the participants of a talk on ‘Scientific Perspective on Sustainable Development Goals for Pakistan’, organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS).

Arranged under the umbrella of COMSATS Science Diplomacy Programme and hosted by the CIIT’s Faculty Development Academy, in Islamabad on 23rd May, the talk (fourth in the series) revolved around ‘UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, adopted in 2015.

Dr. Seeme Mallick, from the Centre for Climate Research and Development, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), delivered the talk and emphasized adopting clean energy mechanisms to address several development issues facing Pakistan and other COMSATS Member States. She was of the view that there was need to focus on provision of clean energy and better pricing mechanism for rapid development.

Students, academics, researchers, doctorate scholars, as well as COMSATS’ designated Science Ambassadors and other officials attended the lecture.

Dr. Mallick presented a review and rational outlook of SDGs in the context of Pakistan. She opined that each of the SDGs has its own significance for Pakistan. These goals mainly include: No Poverty; Zero Hunger; Good Health; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Clean Water and Sanitation; and Reduced Inequality. She considered that success of the SDGs is correlated to nations’ advancement in science and technology.

For Pakistan to achieve the said goal, she proposed achieving sector-specific investment, macroeconomic stability, improved transport infrastructure, greener practices and processes in industry and agriculture, and channeling scientific research at higher education centers towards SDGs implementation.

Science Diplomacy Programme of COMSATS has been active to sensitize the policy makers and public on the potential of scientific interventions in addressing the development issues, as well as the need for stronger and wider collaborations in science and technology.

Dr. Mallick considered COMSATS as an important forum to design a plan for Science and Technology-based approach for implementation of SDGs in its Member States including Pakistan.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Coordinator of the Science Diplomacy Programme, Dr. Arshad Saleem Bhatti, gave a brief introduction of the Programme. He hoped that it would result in creating a pool of experts in various areas of S&T with a view to strengthen Science Diplomacy in the developing countries. Dr. Bhatti informed the participants that the Programme would be expanded to other Member States.

During an interactive session, the participants shared their thoughts on efficient use of renewable energy; need for action plan at national and regional levels for achieving the SDGs; involvement of science-based institutions for achievement of SDGs; prioritization of SDGs based on indigenous needs and resources; need for development of common fund for helping the resource-challenged countries in achieving the SDGs; effect of China Pakistan Economic Corridor on energy situation and development; need to raise awareness on relevant issues; and on the use of ‘reverse metering’ to help optimize the energy available within the power systems without damaging the grid.

COMSATS Advisor (Programmes), Mr. Tajammul Hussain discussed implementation aspects of the SDG’s during the concluding session. He considered SDGs as a wide topic that needed extensive deliberations and advocated the need for having a focused plan and proper prioritization for achievement of those goals. He thanked Dr. Mallick for her enlightening talk which, he said, highlighted some important issues and made pertinent recommendations.

Upcoming Events

4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day

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Climate-related natural disasters, emerging diseases, rapid growth of World population, and political and social conflicts poses growing threat to food security. These havocs have incapacitated the food availability chain ensuing hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the globe. It is a debilitating fact that globally 815 million people, accounting 11% of the world population, were undernourished in 2016 (FAO 2017) wherein the third-world is bearing the brunt. This scenario, calls for more proactive, innovative yet sustainable approach for attaining and sustaining food self-sufficiency. Besides, the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a call for action ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

The rapidly pacing scientific advancements in the field of biotechnology can offer promising tools, techniques, methods and practices for enhancing agricultural productivity while conserving the natural resources in their best form for the future generations. Agriculture biotechnology – one of the arms of biotechnology – is the key to sustainable food systems, value-added crop production, improved nutrition and green economy.

Keeping in view the importance of above-mentioned issue, the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 12th – 13th November 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. The Conference aims to provide an interactive platform to academicians, scientists and researchers to deliberate upon the burning issue of food insecurity while underpinning the significance of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology.

Academicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers and implementers, and government officials working in the field of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology in the developing countries are encouraged to participate in this international Conference.


The key objectives of this international Conference are to:

  • Provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update their knowledge and share know-how on the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology;
  • Build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T organizations working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation;
  • Make recommendations to the policy-makers for developing policies and strategies in order to support biotechnology for food security in the common Member States of COMSATS and ISESCO.


Applications for participation are required to be submitted through duly filled-in prescribed form to COMSATS and ISESCO, at the contact addresses given at the end of this announcement on or before Thursday, 1st October 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 30th October 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.


Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by ISESCO, COMSATS and INIT to a limited number of individuals from the member countries of ISESCO and COMSATS, selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee.



  • Crop breeding, improvement, protection and management
  • Agriculture and sustainable development
  • Agricultural innovation and technology
  • Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy

Food Security

  • Trends and challenges to food security
  • Food Nutrition Security: new concepts and strategies
  • Food safety regulation and standards
  • Food sovereignty, heritage & industry
  • Non-timper forest products and food security
  • Ecosystem based adaptation for food security


  • Genetic improvement of crops using plant biotechnology
  • Functional genomics using genome editing technology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food and bioprocess technology
  • Patent, biosafety, biosecurity, plant breeders rights

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Ismaïla DIALLO
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (ISESCO)
Tel: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 12-13

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: (+92-51) 9204892, 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539

Mr. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on Information
Technology (INIT)
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 90495169, Fax: (+92-51) 9247006

Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.


Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.


The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.


The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.


The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.


Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.


Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209

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