ISLAMABAD: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa on Monday acknowledged Pakistan’s meritorious contributions to the UN peacekeeping missions and termed it “one of the largest countries to have contributed to bringing peace in areas marred by insecurity and unrest”.
Espinosa stated this while interacting with faculty members and students of the Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) during her visit to the university. She was accompanied by Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi.
NUST Rector Lt Gen Naweed Zaman along with NUST senior management and faculty received the esteemed guests upon their arrival at the main campus.
Maria further lauded NUST for providing peacekeeping training both to local and foreign troops, adding that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) had a direct link with the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which emphasises on the participation and protection of women in the UN missions.
Rector NUST, in his remarks, extended his gratitude to Fernanda for visiting CIPS and highlighted Pakistan’s contributions to the UN missions.
Besides appraising the dignitaries of NUST accomplishments, he said that “female students and faculty members form a good proportion of overall NUST students and teaching staff, respectively, adding the figure is rising with every passing year”.