Turkey hosts international workshop on sustainability and global challenges

Islamabad (19th Dec, 2019): International workshop on “Learning about Sustainability, SDGs and Global Challenges”, successfully concludes in Turkey’s Gebze region. 

According to reports, the workshop which spanned over a three day period was a joint venture of the Commission of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).

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The event was reportedly attended by almost thirty-five scientists from Algeria, Botswana, Bangladesh, Benin, Congo, Italy, Nepal, Palestine, and Turkey including: Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, South Africa, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

Moreover, it has been reported that major sponsor for the event was the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency or the SIDA. The international event which was divided into four sessions covered topics related to the achievement of sustainable development goals with each session including a presentations by a resource person, followed by discussions.

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The discussions which took place during breakout sessions were followed by a presentation of recommendations by the participating groups. Additionally, as confirmed by reports, the plenary presentations were prepared by:

  • Dr. Max Paoli of TWAS, Italy
  • Prof. Boudjéma Samraoui University of Annaba, Algeria
  • Prof. Fehmi Akgün of the TUBITAK Energy Institute, Turkey
  • Prof. Pauline Dube of the University of Botswana, Botswana

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The presentations covered topics including: “Sustainable Development, SDGs, Planetary Boundaries”, “Biodiversity and the 6th Mass Extinction”, “The Energy Challenge: Fossil Fuel Dependency and the Future”, and “Greenhouse Effect, Climate Change, Future Consequences”, respectively.

According to reports, the presentations aimed to provide a backdrop for the meaningful discussions on the topics of education for the sustainable, development, ecosystems and development, the future of energy and demands of development, and climate catastrophe and the role of individuals.

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