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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

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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