Global Shapers Islamabad Hub in collaboration with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms organized a meeting on January 15, 2016 at the Auditorium of Planning Commission. The main purpose of the gathering was to further pave ways to bring improvements to the city’s infrastructure and municipality and to bring perspective of federal capital to the Global audience.
Islamabad this year was selected through live virtual session in annual meeting held at Davos. Global Shapers Community serves as a platform for young people from different parts of the world to utilize their exceptional leadership skills in reforming their communities via their profound achievements, potential and talent.
Javeria Masood being the curator of Islamabad Hub is of the view-point that change requires understanding and participatory approach along with the hard infrastructure and planning. She felt fortified with the fact that people came up with innovative ideas, plans and thought-provoking concepts.
Project management specialist, Maliha Elahi said much of the problems facing the city were discussed along with their solutions but the major issues brought into light were traffic planning, waste disposal, protection and development of common recreational green areas, development of an empowered institution for citizens voice and education system. She also said that citizens should be indulged in bringing about change for they play a dynamic role being vital part of the society.
While Malik Ahmed Khan who is Member Infrastructure and Regional Connectivity at the Planning Commission said:
We are establishing a center of excellence for urban planning at the planning commission in order to address issues related to urban regeneration, displacement, social housing, land use policy and economic revival. For this center, today’s session gives a multi – stakeholders perspective to the current and future initiatives as an attempt to reassert vision 2025’s approach to put people first
The conference also brought under consideration “the deploying of technology and smart systems.” And the inclusion of “Civic sense modules in school curriculum” so as to equip children with such aspects right from their early age.
“Islamabad is a veritable beauty and I am proud to be one of her admirers.” Said Umer Gilani from Foundation for Fundamental Rights,“ But like the poetical beloved, she is also cruel – especially to the 80,000 people who live in its katchi abadis (Underdeveloped Areas). I wish we could re-imagine it as a city for everyone, a just city, a city of the future.”
Asim Ghaffar, Director, Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab added:
There were many insights. I entered discussion with focus on how to make Islamabad a hub for IT entrepreneurship owing to a large number of universities and PhDs in the city. However, I realized that while it is a good goal but it has to be implemented that Islamabad remains a city for all, not just techies and entrepreneurs. It needs to be a healthy city. Its needs to be a just city.
Cycling trend was also brought under consideration as the vehicles are largely adding pollution to the environment and only citizens can be of help in this matter. This would reduce the pollution, promote better environment thereby improving the health of citizens while it would also boost economy.
Redefining and re-imagining could further enhance the condition of federal capital of Pakistan.
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