On August 29, 2019, Kateb University in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan (MoEC), UNDP and Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) organized a one day conference titled ‘Role of Universities in Implementation of the SDGs in Afghanistan’. The event was held at Government Media and Information Center with over 250 participants from different universities, CSOs, Development Organizations and the government came together to discuss the current status quo of the SDGs in Afghanistan and to discuss the role universities can play in achieving the SDGs in Afghanistan.
The conference was a gateway for further cooperation among universities in Afghanistan to play their roles in the fields of Teaching and Learning, Research, External Leadership and Operation and Governance.
The conference was opened by Mr. Ali Ahmad Yousefi, Chancellor, Kateb University, who welcomed the participants and discussed the contributions of universities, as academic partners, in achieving the SDGs in Afghanistan. The key note speaker of the event was Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director SDSN who addressed the conference participants online. The guest speakers of the event were the CEO of IRoA, H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, H.E. Dr. Mustafa Mastoor, the Minister of Economy of IRoA, Dr. Orzala Nemat, Director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and Napoleon Navarro, Senior Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP Afghanistan.
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