ACCRA Forum & 4th GM of COMSATS – President of Ghana Invites Heads of Member States

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Islamabad; 04 March 2020- Prime Minister of Pakistan along with heads of COMSATS member states have been invited by the President of Ghana to attend the ACCRA Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development and the 4th General Meeting of COMSATS in April 2020.

The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) will hold its Fourth General Meeting this year on April 14, 2020 in Accra, Ghana. The Meeting has been convened by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana AddoDankwa Akufo-Addo, asthe Chairperson of COMSATS,which is an inter-governmental organization based in Islamabad having27 MemberStates from the developing world.

The Heads of States/Governments having COMSATS’ membership will participate in the General Meeting of the Commission. The Commission will deliberate upon socio-economic challenges being faced by the member states  in order to find means to overcome these challenges through science and technology. Thishigh levelmeeting will result in determining future direction and courses of action in the form of collaborative projects and programmes.

Concurrently with the General Meeting of COMSATS, President of Ghana, who is also Co-Chair (along with Prime Minister of Norway) of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocates and member (along with 13 other Heads of States/Governments) of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, has convened the “Accra Forum on Science & Technology for Sustainable Development”, on the 15th April, 2020.

The idea of the Forum emerged as a result of discussions of a COMSATS’ delegation with officials of United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to create a platform for promoting the role of science & technology in meeting the SDGs. This led to holding of an event in November 2018 during the Global South-South Development EXPO at UN Headquarters in New York in which there was consensus that COMSATS should havea leadership role in establishing a networking mechanism to promote South-South Cooperation in science and technology.

The Forum will identify challenges and mechanisms to strengthen scientific and technological capacity pertaining to implementation of SDGs. It will be an instrument for facilitating interaction, establishment of networks and multi stakeholder partnerships in order to promote S&T cooperation, capacitydevelopment and to examine technology needs and gaps. It will give an opportunity to COMSATS’ member countries to improve their capacity in meeting the SDGs.

The Accra Forum will work under the patronage of the President of Ghana as Chairperson of COMSATS and develop partnerships with international institutions engaged inpromoting role of science in implementation of the SDGs and building global collaboration for sustainability. This will enhance status of Pakistan-based COMSATS which took the lead in this initiative as a major science and technology institution of the Global South in realization of the 2030 Development Agenda.

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