Social Good Summit 2013

24 Sep 2013

imageMr. Nicholas Rosellini, Deputy Assistant Administrator & Deputy Regional Director Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific, UNDP giving the keynote address. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Torsum Khan

The Social Good Summit opened today in Islamabad with the theme 2030 Now - how will the world look in 2030 and how can we shape it to improve the lives of those most in need? The summit was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan.

The capacity crowd heard panel discussions from a host of dynamic speakers including Ms. Saima Mohsin, CNN Correspondent, Mr. Umar Saif, Vice-Chancellor ITU & Chairman of the Punjab IT Board, Mr. Saad Hamid TEDx Curator Islamabad and Global Shaper at World Economic Forum, Mr. Abrar Mir, EVP & Group Head Branchless & e- banking UBL and Mr. Marc-André Franche Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan. The conversation was facilitated by Mr. Raza Rumi, Editor Friday Times and Executive Director, Justice Network.

Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP gave the keynote address. He said, “This year, the social good summit is asking the development community on what direction should new development efforts take once the target date of the MDGs has been reached in 2015.“

This summit was streamed live from Pakistan during the United Nations General Assembly week in New York. Hosted during the UN General Assembly annual meeting week, the summit held various conversations with participants to share solutions, ideas and innovations with a central look at what needs to be done now to pave the way for a better world in 2030.

Saima Mohsin, CNN Correspondent in Pakistan said that Pakistan had made significant progress with social media. "Geographical boundaries have gone down. Through reporting on these issues, we can talk and walk and connect with communities around the world," she added. 

Dr. Umar Saif, Chairman of the Punjab IT Board, cited various uses of technology in Punjab including fighting dengue, policing & monitoring public services.

Mr. Abrar Mir, EVP & Group Head Branchless & e- banking UBL, said that using branchless banking helps in disbursing funds to the communities especially in rural areas where people don’t have access to banks. This leads to accountability and helps monitor the cash transfers.

Saad Hamid highlighted his own experience with social media and how it was instrumental in his involvement as curator of TEDx in Islamabad.

Marc-André Franche Country Director, UNDP in Pakistan explained how development prioritisation has changed due to new media and technology; It also increased transparency and aid coordination. Franche said, "In the last decade we have witnessed the huge growth of new media and technology particularly mobile technologies and social networks. These have enabled the United Nations to initiate an unprecedented global conversation on development issues for the coming decades.”

Last year UNDP hosted more than 40 Social Good Summit meetups in countries across the globe. Building on last year’s success, 55 UNDP Country Offices around the world are hosting local conversations, bringing together governments, local leaders, NGO organizers, civil society, entrepreneurs, UN officials and many more.

The Social Good Summit is proving to become the largest conversation in the world, calling for new innovative ideas to help improve the lives of those in need.

For further assistance, please contact:

Fatimah Inayet, Communications Unit, UNDP

Tel: +92-51- 8355650; E-mail: fatimah.inayet@undp.org