A momentous Sustainable Development Agenda, which integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental, was adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations on 25th September 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals are the first Member State-led global development guide in history, laying out 17 aspirational objectives with 169 targets for countries to meet by 2030 with achievements monitored periodically to measure progress.
There is already a strong interest in, and response to, the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by governments, international agencies, businesses, civil society and other institutions in UN member countries. The SDGs are being fully owned by these stakeholders as a major influencer on their strategies and actions of these stakeholders – based on their needs, capacities, resources and alliances. The SDGs also have strong relevance to universities and Higher Education institutions as education and research are explicitly recognised in a number of the SDGs. Engaging with SDGs as a convener and facilitator of support processes and partnerships will also greatly benefit universities by helping them demonstrate university impact in our society.
Universities – both individually and collectively – can help lead, guide, and support the local, national, and international response to the SDGs. We need to create processes that generate Universities engagement with the SDGs through their extensive educational, research and operational activities, only then we will have a realistic change in accomplishing the audacious task set by Agenda 2030. To motivate such a commitment we need to bring key people from academic community and universities on board with the SDGs, identifying strengths, gaps, priorities, and opportunities for university engagement with the SDGs, for policy formulation and developing an action plan.
With the purpose of sharing the academic community’s perspective on SDGs, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is organizing a National Seminar entitled “Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Universities” on Monday 9th July 2018 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. The objective is to faciliate the universities understanding, preparing and responding to the opportunities and challenges presented, in particular the localization of transformative 2030 agenda. Themes: Promotion and Advocacy for SDGs; SDGs Implementation: Perspective on Research & Development; and Frontier Technologies: Scientific Institutions driving Innovation
This event is expected to encourage a cross-sectoral dialogue on the theme of the seminar. The programme will feature expert talks from the representatives of international organizations who will elaborate the general concepts, steps, and examples of operating SDGs framework across the University. This seminar is expected to generate insightful discussions culminating a set of recommendations for policy formulation and action plan to align R&D with SDGs.
Ms. Fauzia Nasreen
COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad
Tel: (051) 9214515-7 Ext. 203
Ms. Huma Balouch
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad
Tel: (051) 9214515-7 Ext. 215
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 13th – 14th 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.
HOW TO REGISTER
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
- 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
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Tel: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 12-13
Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: (+92-51) 9204892, 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Mr. Tahir Naeem
Inter Islamic Network on Information
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 90495169, Fax: (+92-51) 9247006