Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri Inaugurated Sustainable Development Goals Wall at FJWU

Rawalpindi: Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri Inaugurated Sustainable Development Goals wall at Fatima Jinnah Women University to create awareness about SDG goals among students and Faculty. 

Chairman Pakistan Red Crescent Society Abrar ul Haq, Secretary Young Parliamentarians Forum MNA Uzma Jadoon, Executive Director, SSDO Syed Kausar Abbas and Vice Chancellor FJWU Dr. Saima Hamid also graced the ceremony with their presence. Department of Sociology in collaboration with Sustainable Development Organization organized this ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion. Mr. Qasim Khan Suri said that SDG goals should be normalized to an extent that we know them by heart so that they are reflected in our actions and daily life. Being the future of the country youth should be following them in letter and spirit. This will help us stand in the queue of developed nations.
Syed Kausar Abbas, Executive Director, SSDO briefed the audience regarding the initiative.  He said the purpose to launch the SDGs wall was to educate the students about the 17 SDGs recognized by the United Nations. “The students and the faculty members will be engaged in the research and advocacy of the SDGs with an aim to involve them in the development process of the country and to achieve the global targets” said Syed Kausar Abbas. similar walls will soon be launched in other public and private universities as well, he added. The development of the country needs active participation of youth and academia; it is imperative to educate the youth about the sustainable development goals.

Uzma Jadoon, Member National Assembly and Secretary Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) said that parliamentarians are playing an important role in achieving SDGs, she further said that the young parliamentarian’s forum is engaging different communities for dialogue on SDGs and engage the communities and the local stakeholders in the sustainable development of the country.

Abrar-ul-Haq Chairman Pakistan Red Crescent Society said that Pakistan is blessed to have the 65 % youth in its total population. The youth of the country needs to play an important role in sustainable development. The government is keen to mainstream the youth of the society and bring them to the decision making process for more inclusive and sustainable development. The youth should indulge in the forums like SDGs and youth parliament to learn about the democratic governance and role of public institutions.

Saima Hamid, Vice Chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) said that higher education community is playing an important role in the implementation of the SDGs. Fatima Jinnah women university’s vision is: To aspire and innovate for a sustainable future by promoting higher education, research, collaboration and community engagement to achieve societal empowerment. Universities can play an active role in the implementation of the SDGs.  Academia, alongside with think tanks and other institutions like SSDO can play a pivotal role in advancing the SDGs agenda. FJWU through its ORIC office is consolidating its linkages with social sector and industry. The department of Sociology, FJWU is recognized for under taking this important initiative to create awareness among faculty and students about SDGs.

At the end Dr Adeela Rehman, Incharge Department of Sociology thanked all the honorable guests, vice-chancellor, Director SSDOs, Director ORIC, and Deans, Faculty Advisors, Head of the Departments and all faculty & staff of FJWU for gracing the occasion.