Deliberation session on Science for Sustainable Future held

STAFF REPORT ISB: A discussion forum on the theme Science for Sustainable Future was organized in order to mark the World Science Day-2015. The purpose of the event was to review the SandT advancement status in Pakistan, identify the problems hindering scientific and technological, and propose solutions to those challenges in order to achieve the sustainable development goals and protect future generations from noxious challenges of climate change, food security, water scarcity, malnutrition, and many more. The event was held jointly by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS).

Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I.E. Qureshi, communicated his longing to keep holding the World Science Day festivities continuously in association with significant associations so as to sharpen policy makers, scientists, legislators and general public everywhere on the focal issue of science-driven advancement. He highlighted the essentialness of the current year’s Day concerning selection of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly on 25th September 2015 and the forthcoming Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) in Paris, France.

President PAS, Dr. Anwar Nasim, noted that the role of the Academy has entirely been to convince the political leadership about the centrality of science towards social and economic progress. He felt that science is being grossly under rated in the society as a driving force for development.

Veteran Scientist, Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, Dr Faisal F. Khan, Director, Institute of Integrative Biosciences, CECOS University, Peshawar, and Dr M Pervaz, Director General, Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan also gave their valuable inputs for science and technological development during the session.

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