PAS awareness campaigns in restoring and preserving pristine environments are exemplary – Prof. mukhtar
The contributions of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) in creating awareness for the protection of the environment and our pristine ecosystems are exemplary.
This was stated by Prof. Muhammad Mukhtar, Vice Chancellor of National Skills University Islamabad and Vice Chairman of National Council of Technology Pakistan. He chaired the inaugural session of the hybrid MAAP-PAS-ANSO workshop on “Ecosystem Restoration: One Health and Pandemic. This conference was organized to commemorate World Environment Day 2022, and people from twelve countries participated via Zoom.
In his inaugural speech, Professor Khalid Mahmood Khan, President of PAS, insisted on the holding of such joint sessions. Notably, when discussing the COVID-9 pandemic, he said the world must work together to save the environment and protect people’s health. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari briefed the participant on the idea that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”. Professor Nancy Connell from Rutgers University in the United States described the unique idea of artificial intelligence to save lives on Earth and take action based on data collected by artificial and human intelligence. Dr. David Franz, an American biosafety/biosecurity expert, has proposed the idea of universal health insurance for everyone living on this Earth. Dr. Tim Trevan, co-founder of Chrome Biorisk Management Consulting of Maryland, USA; Dr. Muhammad Ali of Quaid e Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan; Teacher. Dr. Li Cui from the Institute of Urban Environments; Dr. Shahbaz Khan of UNESCO in Beijing; discussed the current COVID-19 pandemic, the transmission of viral diseases from other animals to humans. They also described measures to stay safe from these emerging viral infections. Others presented their work, including Dr. Qadeer Ahsan, Executive Director of the Fleming Fund, and Dr. Quaid Saeed, CEO of the Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority. Dr. Niryoshi Shinomiya, President of the National Defense Medical College, Japan, spoke about “advances in life sciences and the risk of pandemics”. He also expressed concern that eradicated viruses such as smallpox virus could reappear, especially in the area of the spread of monkeypox in non-endemic areas.
After a brief discussion by the closing session moderator, Prof. Dr. Shaukat Hameed thanked PAS for the timely lecture. Prof. Tasawar Hayat (Secretary General of Pakistan Academy of Sciences appreciated and thanked the speakers, moderators, organizers and participants of the workshop. He expressed his gratitude to the worthy principal guest HE Ryuji Iwasaki for dedicating time at this workshop.He thanked all the poster presenters and gave special thanks to ANSO for their financial support.