STAFF REPORT IBD: A symposium on Sustainable Environment and Socio-economic Development has recently been held by the COMSATS and its Centre of Excellence in Pakistan, the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). The event featured talks on topics relating to the World Environment Day 2012 that is being observed globally.
Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Development, Planning Commission of Pakistan, highlighted the global concern as well as environmental degradation and climate change in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, welcomed the participants and hoped that the deliberations of this symposium would generate important recommendations for policy makers. He stated that COMSATS and CIIT are one step ahead of other institutions working in the environment and climate change studies as apart from holding capacity building events.
One such initiative, Dr. Qureshi noted, was the establishment of International Thematic Research Group of COMSATS on ‘Climate Change and Environmental Protection’, which is being headed by the Director of the International Centre for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES), Beijing, China.
In view of the climate change phenomenon and its impact on the lives of the people, the speakers generally called for shifting the focus from resource exploration to resource efficiency.

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