The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in collaboration with its Member States, UN agencies, and other development partners, brings out a publication titled ‘Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development’. The publication features initiatives that contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while illustrating the central tenets of effective South-South and Triangular cooperation.
COMSATS Joint Centre for Industrial Biotechnology (CCIB) was selected for inclusion in the Vol. 4 of the publication that was launched at the United Nations Day on South-South Cooperation and at the occasion of the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2022, held in Bangkok, from 12th – 14th September 2022.
CCIB was established in April 2021, at the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), under the framework of the National Center of Technology Innovation for Synthetic Biology (NC SynBio) of China, in order to promote meaningful cooperation among developing countries, particularly COMSATS’ Member States in industrial biotechnology. The Centre aims to address the challenges of poverty, hunger and food insecurity, diseases, energy crisis and environmental problems in an effective manner by facilitating collaborative research and development activities, academic exchanges, personnel training, science and technology consulting services and technology transfer among the COMSATS Member States.
With robust support of NC SynBio, CCIB has so far initiated five high-level joint R&D projects involving over 10 research teams from the Member States; supported 14 young visiting scholars; published four Science Citation Index (SCI) papers; and applied two patents. CCIB has also significantly contributed towards capacity-building of the Member States by holding four online workshops in the areas of bio-medicine, bio-agriculture, bio-energy and bio-materials, as well as a ten-day training course covering diverse frontier technologies in synthetic biology and biotechnology.
The publication can be viewed here: https://unsouthsouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Good-Practices-in-South-South-and-Triangular-Cooperation-for-Sustainable-Development-Vol-4.pdf.