ENGAGING IEEE MEMBERS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY
A capacity building event for promoting IEEE PES HAC
On Dec 5-6th 2018, IEEE MUET Student Branch organized a Capacity building event in collaboration with IEEE PES Humanitarian Activities Committee & Shelter Participatory Organization. The event was attended by 200 participants including IEEE members. The aim of this the event following workshop was to provide support and opportunity for young people (IEEE Members) to build their knowledge around global issues. The main objective of this two- days event was comprised of an interactive workshop on sustainable development goals- impact and implication to community followed by some community actions around SDGs. This activity addressed SDGs with an action-oriented and practical approach. The first day of the workshop comprised of three sessions. The first session titled, “SDGs: Defining the Concept- Role of individuals in SDGs and Challenges in the context of engineering,” was conducted by Director (Academics & Research) Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar. The session was followed by another session tilted “SDGs as IEEE Perspective”, addressed by Professor Emeritus/Advisor MUET Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry. The third Interactive Session was conducted by Samreen Khan Ghauri, Executive Director Shelter Participatory Organization This session also included group activity in which the participants were divided into groups and asked to localize one SDG within the context of engineering highlighting its ground realities, stakeholders and way forward. The event commenced with a brief explanatory session for IEEE PES HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE by Prof. Dr. Asif Ali Shah (Branch Counsellor MUET SB). How IEEE has been playing a key role for engineers in bringing up Sustainable Development Goals, He also introduced participants about IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee and IEEE SIGHT, (IEEE Committee working under agenda of Sustainable Development Goals and leveraging Technology). Following welcome speech, the host invited the First speaker of the day, Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar Deputy Director (Academics & Research). He is working as Professor in U.S.- Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, and heading Environmental Engineering to share aspects of United Nation’s Sustainable Goal no 6 Clean Water and Sanitation. He stated Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is enough fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, millions of people including children die every year from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. For the session Sustainable Development Goals and IEEE Perspective, “Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry” is a Pakistani ICT Professional and an electronics engineer. He is the Distinguished National Professor, Meritorious Professor, Emeritus Professor, and Advisor MUET & was invited to share his keywords about IEEE as SDGs perspective. He addressed, IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Committed to sustainable development, IEEE utilizes its global network of forward-thinking technologists, scientists, and engineers to help drive breakthroughs that will improve lives, without compromising future generations. The last few decades have seen technology emerge as the most critical factor for the advancement of humanity. However, in addition to its growing importance, technology has significant impacts on development, and on humanity as well. IEEE is a large, diverse technical community that takes its social and humanitarian obligations seriously. IEEE MUET examines how technology can be used to support sustainable human development, both in day-to-day life as well as in disaster situations due to conflict, human action or inaction, and natural phenomena. MUET brings together members—scientists, technologists and engineers, geographers and ethicists, social informatics specialists and researchers, development theorists and practitioners, and policymakers—who have varied interests, backgrounds and geographies, but who are all bound by a common interest in sustainable human development, Drawing upon this diverse community of members and the broad perspectives they enable, MUET has the goals of advising other IEEE initiatives as well as end-user communities, governments, development agencies, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations on optimizing how technology can be developed, deployed, and managed while understanding and minimizing unintended consequences, particularly to vulnerable end-user communities. He said that IEEE MUET, IEEE PES HAC, and SPO are working together as it also contributes to SDG goal # 17 for making partnership to achieve the goal! He added that we are Provided with the necessary skills and opportunities needed to reach their potential, young people can be a driving force for supporting the development and contributing to peace and security. Youth-led organizations like SPO need to be encouraged and empowered to participate in translating the 2030 Agenda into local, national and regional policy. They play a significant role in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the Agenda as well as in holding governments accountable. With political commitment and adequate resources, young people have the potential to make the most effective transformation of the world into a better place for all. Following agenda for the Third Interactive Session and workshop , Samreen Khan Ghauri (Executive Director Shelter Participatory Organization) Addressed the audience Contributing towards harnessing youth’s potential as active citizen for peace and development in Hyderabad (Shelter Participatory Organization) sets agenda for empowerment of marginalized youth from different slum clusters of Hyderabad with objectives to encourage active citizenship and to identify and promote young change-makers whose leadership will catalyze the achievement of peace and SDGs. She further added, the world today prospers from the fruits of global economic growth. At the same time, it shares the fear of massive environmental degradation. Human activity has led to very real dangers such as climate change, desertification, water stress, and ecosystem degradation. We are approaching the tipping point – our “planetary boundaries,” – which once passed will risk irreversible and abrupt environmental changes. In addition, the fruits of economic growth are far from being shared widely. We see a highly unequal distribution of income both within and between countries. While billions of people thrive with increased longevity and higher levels of wellbeing, the poorest of the poor continue the daily fight for survival, lacking basic levels of nutrition, health-care, shelter, or sanitation. Samreen Khan Ghauri explains that how young people can lead the development agenda by meaningful contribution right from grass root to policy-making level, she said that today, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24—they are the largest generation of youth in history. Close to 90 percent of them live in developing countries, where they make up a large proportion of the population. We are trying to be connected to each other like never, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change. They are also agents of change, mobilizing to advance the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet. She said that IEEE MUET, IEEE PES HAC, and SPO are working together as it also contributes to SDG goal # 17 for making partnership to achieve the goal! She added that we are Provided with the necessary skills and opportunities needed to reach their potential, young people can be a driving force for supporting the development and contributing to peace and security. Youth-led organizations like SPO need to be encouraged and empowered to participate in translating the 2030 Agenda into local, national and regional policy. They play a significant role in the implementation, monitoring, and review of the Agenda as well as in holding governments accountable. With political commitment and adequate resources, young people have the potential to make the most effective transformation of the world into a better place for all. In the end, Prof. Dr. Ali Asghar thanked Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar for supporting and encouraging “IEEE PES HAC Ambassador Jatendar Dharani”, Prof. Dr. Asif Ali Shah for his mentorship, Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar for an informative session and inviting participants for a Field visit to experience practically about SDGs and engineering. Samreen for his insight and thought-provoking discussion, as he described that she is already a role model of youth to bring positive change in the society, he expressed his gratitude and hope that this activity would continue and extended in future, as it found excellent feedback for participants and strong desire and demand arise that more young people and students are willing to peruse these awareness sessions on SDGs and linkages of technology, as its really beneficial for their personal and professional growth.
DAY 2- Learning about all seventeen themes of SDGs and SDG 7 in details besides a comparison and progress review of Pakistan stand. The 2nd-day session was comprised of fieldwork, 60 young and energetic people worked together and utilized their learning, efforts, and hard work for execution their planning of community action initiative. This session contained in-depth information about SDGs; this interactive session led to set the priority of topic and group formation for proposing community action from each young group. Participants reviewed the community issue of power and energy and worked on applicable model and sustainable solution of the issue and to be facilitated the process and mentor to draw best practice is resourceful and impactful manners. Facilitator supervised, coordinated and closely monitored all community actions in the field and provided maximum support, guidance and mentoring during the time. The trainees worked out in the community with coordination of community organization SPO and used their technical skills to give the direction and recommendation while addressing SDGS. This activity promoted volunteerism, resource mobilization, advocacy, and innovation &action-oriented approach with enabling them to establish linkages, networking with the community on humanitarian and professional grounds.
JATENDAR DHARANI IEEE MUET CHAIR IEEE PES HAC AMBASSADOR 2018 / VOLUNTEER