|Islamabad - 13 March 2014: To strengthen and enhance the institutional and management capacity of Pakistan national institutes in flood early warning and flood hazard mapping, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural|
Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), organized a four-day international training and workshop on Safe, Connected Communities against Floods through RS and GIS Tools in Islamabad. Read more...
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UNESCO Islamabad as part of its mandate aims to help Government of Pakistan in accomplishing the new Science and Technology (S&T) policy vision of equitable and sustainable socio-economic progress, using science, technology and innovation as central pillars of development. Cognizant of this critical role, the local office is gradually enhancing its resourcefulness in the STI domain by embarking on its own S&T Foresight development exercise for the next 7 years, in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders. This exercise would help UNESCO in identifying broader areas of engagement with the Ministry of Science and Technology that in turn would help integrate STI programs with other public and private functionaries. This report would determine a list of critical future projects' derived from more general programs so as to extract priorities from them for future course of action.
With a clear road map, the organization would be in a much better position to team up with the Government and private sector in strengthening the S&T base. Apart from future framework development, Islamabad office is focusing on the Innovation strand of its STI mandate by studying and highlighting the role and achievements of local NGOs. In this regard case studies are being developed to illustrate their indigenous innovative solutions to local challenges and the breadth and depth of impact made by such initiatives. These studies would be made available from UNESCO forum, while serving as case in point in devising its own mechanism for extending future financial and technical help at the grass root. Through such studies UNESCO is conceiving a dynamic role of its Islamabad office in not only policy formulation at state level but capacity building and strategy implementation at the local, to fulfill its principal role of facilitator and valuable partner in attaining country's prosperity.