In order to promote public awareness and research in climate change and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sectors, an MOU was signed between Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan and Islamic Relief Pakistan in a function organized in Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. On behalf of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khurshid Khan Vice Chancellor and on behalf of Islamic Relief Pakistan Raza Nareju Head of Programmes signed the MOU.
Earlier, Dr. Shams Ali Baig Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Mr. Raza Narejo Head of Programmes of Islamic Relief Pakistan highlighted the salient features of MoU and the possible joint engagements in public awareness and research on climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khurshid Khan Vice Chancellor of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan emphasized the potential role of the universities to work for the cause of civil society and to play a role for the welfare of the people. They assured their cooperation and expressed their willingness and enthusiasm to tackle the challenges in environment and sustainability sectors which needs proper attention. Also, the worthy Vice Chancellor reiterated that the establishment of Pakhtunkhwa Economic Policy Research Institute at AWKUM in near future will play its role in formulating policies, like Climate Change policy, which will determine more clear direction towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or agenda 2030.
The event was also attended by Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zahoor Ul Haq, Dean Faculty of Chemical and Life Sciences Prof. Dr. Sultan Ayaz, Director ORIC Dr. Hazir Rahman and Deputy Registrar Dr. Tariq Mahmood from AWKUM, Syed Usman Area Program Manager, Mr. Muhammad Waseem Advocacy and Engagement Officer, Ms Summayyah Rasheed Advocacy Coordinator and Ms Zahra Durrani Advocacy and Research Officer from Islamic Relief Pakistan.