COMSATS Seminar on Current Challenges: Imperative of South-South Cooperation, 16 September 2020

September 14, 2020
  • When: 16 September 2020 at 3PM (GMT+5)
  • How to Join: To join this seminar, please click doe the Zoom link here (Zoom Meeting ID; 868 1859 5833 Passcode: 647240)
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The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South -COMSATS is an intergovernmental organisation (IGO) with its permanent Secretariat based in Islamabad established in 1994. The organisation now comprises 27 member states and has a network of 24 scientific organisations from both the member and non-member countries.

COMSATS’ mandate of South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity among peoples and countries of the South that contributes to their national well-being, their national and collective self-reliance and the attainment of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Taking into account the current pandemic, these types of collaborations are now more important than ever. Several countries of the global South have already demonstrated effective responses to contain the outbreak and mitigate its impact. Apart from the immediate demand that is already being expressed by countries from their partners of the South, going forward, least developed countries (LDCs) and other less developed countries of the South will want to learn and exchange lessons with countries that have demonstrated efficient health systems, effective governance mechanisms, leadership, coordination, communication, and community cohesion during the crisis.

It is clear that South-South cooperation is and will be more important than ever before. For that reason, COMSATS is organizing an international seminar on “Current Challenges: Imperative of South-South Cooperation” to celebrate the United Nation’s International Day of South-South Cooperation aiming to spread awareness of the economic, social and political developments made recently by regions and countries in the South and highlights COMSATS efforts to work on technical cooperation among member countries.

1500 hrs      Welcome address by Executive Director COMSATS 1520 hrs       Speech by H.E. Mr. Chad Blackman, Barbados Ambassador to UN & WTO 1530 hrs       Speech by Dr. Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, Head WHO, Pakistan 1540 hrs       Speech by Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago 1550 hrs       Speech by Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator/Representative, Asia-Pacific Regional Office, UNOSSC 1600 hrs       Closing Remarks