A National Conference on “Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies” was held at Defence Authority Creek Club on the eve of World Environment Day 2015. The Conference was organized and convened by an NGO “Foundation for Progress” in collaboration with Deptt of Environment Govt of Sindh under the auspices of United Nations Environment Programme UNEP. The aim of the conference was to draw nationwide public awareness towards the need for preservation of natural environment and to call the attention of government, civil society, political, industrial, health, education and other sectors to act and implement effective actions.
Dr M.A Wajid, Chairman & President Foundation for Progress in his keynote address gave an overview of sustainable consumption and production practices and said that the topic was particularly powerful and relevant one as it makes it imperative on everyone to think and question how they live and how it impacts the planet. He said the theme asks everyone to evaluate their consumers habits which was crucial to our country in the present scenario as we are not only faced with economic and national resource constraints but also with the specter of a rising population. He concluded that adjusting to our consumption and production patterns and living well within our limits was the most balanced and ideal way for ensuring a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future.
Dr Samina Khalid presented a case study on climate change, disaster and conflict in Pakistan. Brig (R) Muhammad Rafique, Project Director DCK highlighted the salient features of the upcoming DHA City Karachi project which was being developed as the first planned, sustainable, green and smart city of Pakistan. Dr Waqar gave an informative discourse on eco-systems of Pakistan and stressed the need for preserving and saving the environment with a holistic approach. Mr Naeem Mughal DG Environment Protection Agency gave a detail overview of Sindh Environmental scenario and the actions being taken for preserving and protection of environment.
A large number of different organizations, deptts and corporate bodies including State Bank of Pakistan, KPT, DHA, Sindh Education Deptt, Forest Deptt, Social Policy and Development Centre, Engro, Nestle, Hub Power and Dewan Group etc also actively participated in the discussion and gave their comments, views and recommendations.
At the end selected organizations and corporate bodies were awarded shields and trophies for ensuring best sustainable consumption/production practices and policies for saving the environment.