Stay updated with technological innovation for achieving SDGs

Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Law and Justice Maleeka Bokhari delivered the opening keynote speech at a panel discussion on, “Multi-Stakeholder Approach for Innovation in Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” organized by Code for Pakistan, Jazz and OPEN Islamabad.

Stay updated with technological innovation for achieving SDGsThis panel event was a precursor to the upcoming SDG Hackathon 2019 on the 6th, 7th and 8th of December, and the Women SDG Challenge Cup 2019 on 8th December.

The three-day event by Jazz in partnership with Code for Pakistan and OPEN Islamabad will be held at the National Incubation Center Islamabad. The event will be attended by digital bloggers, tech analysts and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Maleeha Bokhari praised the Hackathon in her speech as a way to engage youth, foster innovation and support the government in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

She said “It’s heartening to see young people engaged in the process of delivering the SDGs. I strongly believe that young people are agents of change”.

She also spoke about how the Pakistan Citizen Portal is an example of innovation and the use of technology to better serve citizens. She highlighted efforts on part of KP government to help communities through technology. Most important is the Mera Bacha Alert app recently launched by the KP government to help recover missing children.

She also stressed on how the Ministry of Law and Justice is striving to stay up-to-speed with technological innovations for successfully delivery of SDGs 5 and 16. We are using innovation to achieve SDG 16 at the Ministry by codifying and making laws available online, on a website and app.

Another example is our collaboration with SOC Films and the European Union to spread awareness about the legal handlings of cases of honour killings by leveraging the reach of social media.

Panel discussion was focusing on a Multi-Stakeholder Approach for Innovation in Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel was moderated by digital blogger Muzammil Hassan, and speakers included Dr Ayesha Khan (CEO, Akhtar Hameed Khan Resource Center), Rohma Labeeb (Accelerator and Partnerships Lead, Invest2Innovate), Ali Ibrahim (Stream Head Corporate Sustainability at Jazz), and Dr Saima Hamid (Vice Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women’s University).

Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability at Jazz Aisha Sarwari said “The aim of Hackathon is not just to provide a platform for tech youngsters to showcase their hacking skills as a way to benefit the communities in which they exist, but also to encourage process based technological learning”.

The panelists then engaged in a discussion around the need to create linkages and build communities to allow for diverse stakeholders to come together to co-create solutions and deliver the SDGs, as well as the need for a data-driven approach.