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COMSATS Seminar marks first UN’s International day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

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The seminar on ‘The Role of Youth in the Implementation of the SDGs’ was held at COMSATS Secretariat on 24th April 2019 to commemorate the 1st UN day on Multilateralism and Diplomacy for peace. The faculty and students from Mardan University and COMSATS University Islamabad participated in the event. UNIC Representative, Mr. Vlastimil Samek, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

In her welcome remarks, Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen, Advisor (SDGs) highlighted the stakes that the youth has in SDGs and sustainable development. She laid great emphasis on equality, quality education, gender parity, employment opportunities and due engagement in society, especially in the context of youth. She also touched upon the pillar three and four of the Government of Pakistan’s poverty alleviation strategy titled Ehsaas (human capital development and jobs and livelihood, respectively) especially in the context of youth development.


In his address, the Mr. Samek called for due commitment towards achieving SDGs at all levels, national, regional and global. He placed due emphasis on “Partnerships for the Goals” and considered it the most important of all SDGs. Mr. Samek mentioned UN’s commitment towards youth empowerment and participation. He was pleased to note that COMSATS University Islamabad is a part of UN’s academic initiative. He specially referred to the UN Secretary General’s message for the day:

In his address, Mr. Dalair Khan, Lecturer Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU), Mardan, appreciated the theme of the event and opined that investing in youth is investing in future. He considered the event important due to its emphasis on SDGs and hoped for it to address key issues of gender parity and inclusion.

The main highlights of the technical session that followed were talks by Mr. Adam Koniuszewski (CEO Bridge Foundation Poland) and Mr. Faran Mahmood of Sustainable Development, Cambridge University. Mr. Koniuszewski shared the experience of his organization for inclusion of immigrants in society and informed how improvement in their communication abilities helped integrate them in society. He considered youth’s role in achieving sustainability and SDGs of crucial importance.

The technical session also featured four talks from young university students from Pakistan, Nigeria and Nepal, who delineated on various aspects of the theme of the event form youth’s perspective.


In his talk, Mr. Prem Thapamagar, a Nepalese undergraduate student at COMSATS University Islamabad, emphasized engaging youth at various levels and for a for effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was of the view that youth, if provided, with the enabling environment, can effectively advocate the United Nations cause for sustainable development. Youth which comprises 24% of the world’s population can also offer innovative solutions to prevailing challenges.

A Nigerian student of COMSATS University Islamabad, Mr. Anya Augustine Igwebuike, opined that investment in youth in education, innovative skills, industrial trainings, capacity building, and leadership roles must be of prime concern of nations as it can bring the anticipated transformations and change.

The talks were followed by interactive panel discussion that had an active participation from the audience comprising young Pakistani and foreign students. The session was ably moderated by Mr. Faran Mahmood.

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International Workshop on Learning about Sustainability, SDGs and Global Challenges, Gebze, Turkey.
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

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1. Background and rationale
Since the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the achievement of their targets has become a high priority. However, full awareness about the SDGs and the associated Global Challenges at the level of young scientists and researchers is often inadequate. Their role in contributing towards fostering scientific knowledge, technology and innovation is crucial for finding solutions to the sustainability issues. A workshop is being organized aimed at early-career researchers to deepen their understanding of the SDGs.

2. Introduction
In order to raise awareness on SDGs and the associated challenges faced by humanity globally, and to build capacity of young scientists and researchers in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other countries lagging in science and technology, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), in collaboration with the TWAS Regional Partner for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific, and COMSATS’ Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS), are organizing an international workshop titled ‘Sustainability, SDGs and Global Challenges’. The workshop will be hosted by TUBITAK, at Gebze, Turkey, on 3 – 5 December 2019.

This activity will be within the pursuits of COMSATS and TWAS. COMSATS Centres of Excellence are reservoirs of scientific research capabilities and expertise in diverse fields. Their contribution in enhancing the capacity of COMSATS’ member countries especially the LDCs and countries on the verge of developing ST for SDGs is a strong manifestation of south-south cooperation and commitment to sustainability. The offer of TUBITAK, the COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Turkey, to host the workshop is deeply appreciated.

3. Focus and Possible Topics
If SDGs are to bring about transformative changes in the socio-economic and socio-technical systems, it is imperative to promote active links and dialogue among different actors, disciplines and knowledge holders. This would enable better understanding of the challenges confronted by humanity and possible progress toward their solutions. It is important for all stakeholders to imagine SDGs as a whole, interlinked and interactive process and systems. Hence the overarching aim of the workshop is to provide an overview and training on the concept of sustainable development; the rationale of SDGs; importance of targets set as benchmarks for monitoring the progress of the implementation processes; and on the planetary boundaries. This is expected to provide a useful backdrop to more focused deliberations on three crucial topics: climate, energy and biodiversity. Though these are covered under most of the Goals, the specific ones could be identified as: Goal 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

4. Structure of Workshop
The structure of the workshop is based on presentations by international experts in the fields identified, which will be followed by interactive sessions. The idea is to engage with the participants and involve them in brainstorming on key issues. The handouts and possible reading material will be provided. The participants will be expected to suggest their views on the solutions specific to their countries/regions.

5. Targeted Individuals
The focus of the workshop is on the LDCs and S&T Lagging countries, especially those that are members of TWAS and COMSATS. Young affiliates & scientists holding PhD (graduated at least 3 years ago), belonging to LDCs/S&T Lagging Countries, and the host country are encouraged to participate in the event.

6. Financial Support
Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants belonging to LDCs/S&T Lagging Countries ( The local hospitality will be provided to the foreign participants by TUBITAK, Turkey.

7. Application Procedure
The candidates are required to submit their CVs, duly filled-in application forms (enclosed), expression of interest (up to 500 words), passport copy, and nomination/recommendation letters at the following email addresses:; on or before 18th September 2019.

8. For further information, please contact:

Dr. Max Paoli
Programme Coordinator, TWAS, Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240-327
Fax: +39 040 224559

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes),
COMSATS Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7
Fax: +92 51 9216539

Dr. Orkun Hasekioglu
Ankara, Turkey

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