Seminar on Science Diplomacy
27 November, 2019
A Seminar on Science Diplomacy was jointly organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Pakistan Academy of Sciences and COMSTECH at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad on 27th November, 2019. The event was supported by COMSATS, ECO Science Foundation and Technology Times.
The seminar focused on the role of science in diplomacy noting that science, technology and innovation have also been recognized as the key drivers for the achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Welcoming the participants of the meeting in his inaugural address, Chief Guest, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Coordinator General COMSTECH and Chairman HEC emphasized the need for building constructive international partnerships in science and technology and to deal effectively with trans-boundary challenges pertaining to climate change, energy, water, poverty reduction, health and education.
The seminar was attended by the members of the Diplomatic Corps, the think tank community, public and private sector civil society organizations, members of academia and students from various universities in Islamabad.
The experts/speakers included Prof. Dr. M. Aslam Baig (Secretary. General, Pakistan Academy of Sciences), Muhammad Kamran Akhter (DG ACDIS/Science Diplomacy, MoFA), Prof. Dr. M. Qasim Jan (Advisor COMSTECH and President PAS), Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro (President ECOSF), Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi (Executive Director COMSATS), Syed Ammar Jaffry (Former Additional DG FIA and CEO Security Experts Pakistan), Dr Zaigham Abbas (Deputy Director IC Wing, Ministry of Climate Change) and Sayyed Paras Ali (CEO/Editor Technology Times).
The speakers shed light on themes such as “Science Communication and Popularization”, “Science Diplomacy for Sustainable Development”, “Cyber Diplomacy”, “Environment and Climate Change and Clean Green Pakistan Movement”, “Science Journalism” and “Pakistan’s Development Agenda in the context of SDGs”. The initiatives taken by COMSATS, ECOSF and COMSTECH in advancing Science Diplomacy initiatives were also highlighted.
Additional Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Aftab Khokhar, as the guest of honor in his concluding address appreciated the seminar on science diplomacy and highlighted the steps taken by MoFA to further the Science Diplomacy initiative.