12th November 2018
IPCC 1.5ºC Special Report : Headline Messages
Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad organized a very informative and interesting talk titled, “IPCC 1.5ºC Special Report : Headline Messages ”. The Talk was delivered by Dr. Muhammad Fahad Saeed, The Research Fellow, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Islamabad, Pakistan. Participants were from different universities and organizations, including International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), COMSATS university Islamabad and GCISC.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts. its reports support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the main international treaty on climate change. The objective of the UNFCCC is to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system".
The recently published IPCC report is said to be the most important report in the history of IPCC. In its decision on the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at its 21st Session in Paris invited the IPCC to provide a special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. This report was tabled before the parties on the 48th session of the IPCC on 1-5 October 2018 in Incheon, Republic of Korea for its final approval, and was unanimously approved by the end of the session.
Dr. Fahad Saeed participated in the approval plenary in Incheon, in capacity of scientific advisor to Least Developed Country. In his talk, he shared the first hand information about the process of IPCC as well as the key scientific message coming out of the approved 1.5ºC special report.
In the end, vote of thanks was given by Hassaan Sipra, Scientific officer, CCRD, CUI; a souvenir was presented to the guest speaker and a group picture of the participants was taken in BIC hall. Finally, the refreshments were served to participants.
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29th October 2018
Global Climate Change-Local Impacts – The Case of Pakistan Water Resources
Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad organized a very informative and interesting talk titled, “Global Climate Change-Local Impacts – The Case of Pakistan Water Resources”. The Talk was delivered by Dr. Muhammad Zia ur Rahman Hashmi, The head of water resources & Glaciology section, global change impact studies Centre (GCISC), Islamabad, Pakistan. Participants were from different universities and organizations, including International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Institute of Space Technology (IST), Bahria University Islamabad (BUI) COMSATS university Islamabad and GCISC.
Dr. Zia ur Rehman Hashmi briefed introduction about earth climate system. Climate variability is both natural and anthropogenic this has now become a recognized fact that climate change is real, it is already here, it is here to stay, and humans are responsible for it. Zia Hashmi said that multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals showed that 97 % or more climate scientists agreed climate change is not a myth, it’s a reality. Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely to be due to human activities. Pakistan is already experiencing the negative consequences of Climate change. Pakistan is the 7th most affected country as far as climate change impacts (especially in the form of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events such as thunderstorms, cloudbursts, large-scale floods, and droughts) are concerned. Currently, there is a hot debate going on country's water future which is an important determinant of the overall prosperity and sustainable development in Pakistan. Also, we are a signatory party to the landmark Paris climate agreement-2015 which entails global efforts to limit global warming below 20C. Hence, Pakistan’s climate action, as defined by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, is three-pronged (with Adaptation as our priority and mitigation as our contribution in the global efforts under Paris agreement);
1. Safety and wellbeing of the people (Adaptation)
2. Climate-friendly, sustainable development (Adaptation/mitigation)
3. Fulfilling our international commitments (Mitigation and reporting)
Therefore, to combat climate change in Pakistan, we need a proper understanding of the problem to devise locally relevant solutions and actions on the ground.
In the end, vote of thanks was given by Dr. Toqeer Ahmad, Assistant Professor, CCRD, CUI; a souvenir was presented to the guest speaker and a group picture of the participants was taken in front of BIC hall. Finally, the refreshments were served to participants.
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Centre for Climate Research & Development (CCRD) at COMSATS University Islamabad organized a talk on ‘Challenges & Opportunities in the hydropower sector of Pakistan’ on 29 August 2018 in the Library Auditorium of the Campus. The talk was delivered by renowned speaker, Dr. Pervaiz Amir, who is water expert and currently associated with Global Water Partnership as Regional Member. Participants from different public and private institutes attended the event. In his talk, Dr. Pervaiz highlighted the importance of dams in the development of nation. He pointed out that the existing large dams, Tarbela and Mangla, have completed their operational life and new dams need to be constructed to increase share of hydropower in the energy-mix which currently stands at 33%. Pakistan is presently facing serious water security challenge as having carry over capacity (days to survive without rain) of 30 days only, while our neighboring country, India, has 120-220 days for the same. The carry over capacity can only be increased with construction of vast number of small and large dams. Energy security is another challenge for Pakistan; the high production cost from fossil-fuel and power shortfall affects GDP. The electricity generated from hydropower is most economical (Rs. 2.5 per kilo-Watt-hour) and very environment-friendly as no carbon emissions are produced in the production. Another major water challenge is transboundary issues. The construction of dams on Indian side will affect the hydropower generation in Pakistan. In addition, Kabul river basin is emerging conflict in this context. If Afghanistan plans to store Kabul river water, Pakistan would be in trouble situation. Dr. Pervaiz provided facts on losses due to lack of storage over the past 38 years. During this period, we lost 1270 Million Acre Feet (MAF) which costs about 186 billion USD. Total energy losses from non-utilization of water for hydropower equals 429,500 MW. To move forward, Pakistan need to develop water security to serve its interests well. Dams not only store water for hydropower and irrigation purposes, they are vital for national security as well. Pakistan has advantage of largest canal system in the world which could be used for hydropower generation. At the end, vote of thanks were given by Head of CCRD, Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain and souvenir was presented to guest speaker. Refreshments were served to participants.
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COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on April 14, 2014 that will allow students to develop proficiency in business and finance and gain global accreditation.
This agreement offers CIIT students pursuing their BBA and MBA degrees to pursue CIMA's global qualification simultaneously. This will help CIIT graduates receive a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business and accounting, but it also gives them an advantage to be professionally qualified and fast track their careers as soon as they graduate.
Commenting on the MoA signing ceremony, Dr. Haroon Rashid, S.I., Pro-Rector CIIT said that our agreement with CIMA is a step forward in helping our students succeed in the business world. The CIIT degree combined with the knowledge gained from CIMA's certification in finance and business will go a long way and prepare them for leadership roles at national as well as international level.
Dr. Qaisar Abbas, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, CIIT in his opening address highlighted the CIMA qualification by mentioning that the CIMA focuses on business performance, management and finance, giving students an advantage to be valuable professional for the corporate world.
Mr. Bradley Regional, Head, CIMA also commented on the occasion said we are seeing huge potential in Pakistan. Pakistani students who are keen on building a career in business and finance for them a qualification such as that from CIMA is the most relevant as it prepares students to lead and drive business forward on a strategic level.
Ms. Javeria Hassan, Country Manager, CIMA Pakistan briefly highlighted the contents of the agreement and shared with the audiences the benefits the CIIT students, faculty and alumni will be able to get through CIMA qualification.