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ECO countries to develop ICT solutions to attain Sustainable Development Goals

uns-trilateral-agreement-signing-to-attain-sdgs-2016KARACHI- UNS- The Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF), Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro (Sindh),and Technology Times (TechTimes) signed an agreement to develop cooperation and collaboration to develop ICT based solutionsfor achieving United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The organizations together mutually agreed to organize software applications contest among ECO member countries titled “AppIdea2R” (Application Idea to Reality) to raise awareness or to monitor progress to attain SDGs.

AppIdea2R Contests will be conducted in the ECO member states this include; Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to develop applications, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly
available to the public (solutions) related to one or more of the SDGs. The Apps submitted in the contest should address at least one of the 17 SDGs, either for awareness creation or to contribute to progress towards meeting the SDGs.

Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro, President, ECOSF, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor, MUET, Jamshoro and Mustafa Z. Paras, CEO, Technology Times signed the agreement at a ceremony in Karachi.

The AppIdea2R’17 Contest will be an open opportunity to university students all over the ECO member states to get themselves involved in awareness raising and solution providing on SDGs.

Also to become the future ambassadors to promote and popularize SDGs, developing technologies to facilitate and monitor the progress on SDGs, getting empowered with the skills and confidence to develop System Apps for sustainable development.

This joint initiative will help the ECO member states to understand the key indicators of SDGs and play their role to achieve these SDGs.

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