Foreign missions of Embassy of China, European Union, and Palestine and delegates from UNIDO and UNDP and CIIT, Pakistan, endorsed the importance of South-South Cooperation for exchange of resources, technology, as well as knowledge between the developing countries of the global south at a forum conducted to celebrate United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. The forum, themed ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, was organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) with support from the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPD) on 12th September 2017.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi introduced COMSATS as the highest level forum for Science and Technology of the South, with Heads of States comprising its Commission. He said that collaboration is sought from the institutions and organizations in the North to increase the efficacy of the organization’s efforts for South-South cooperation in S&T for sustainable development.
Mr. Zhao Lijian, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of People’s Republic of China to Pakistan, noted that China is on the mission and planned to eradicate poverty by 2020 and attributed its development to the efforts made in this regard related to having proper laws and other relevant advancements. H.E. Mr. Walid Abu Ali, Ambassador of State of Palestine to Pakistan, expressed his country’s commitment to South-South Cooperation despite being under occupation.
Ms. Anne Marchal, Deputy Head of Mission, Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan, noted that Science, Technology and Innovation are powerful tools and by 2014-2020 targets of European Union are to enhance education and governance, provide public services, and contribute to peace and development.