The Financial Daily
Published Date: Dec 3, 2013
Prize distribution ceremony at SDPI
Policy Institute on Monday, held prize distribution ceremony of inter-school
poster competition on "Chemicals Impacts on Environment and Children
Health – Beware of Mercury" was targeted at two levels: junior level
(class 5th – 8th) and senior level (class 9th – 12th, including O & A
competition encouraged youth to reflect upon the issue of chemicals and their
impacts on environment and health. It was expected that the contest would lead
to increased awareness and garner greater support for protection of environment.
30 schools in Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the competition, where
about 400 entries were submitted to the organizers.
on the occasion, Chief Guest, Dr. Ghulam Asghar Abbasi, Chief (Health Section),
Planning Commission of Pakistan said that there is need to sensitize the youth
creating awareness on scientific subject. He congratulated the prize winning
students and encouraged them to excel in life and win Nobel prizes for the
also suggested to the organizer of the competition to arrange a screening of
documentary about mercury disaster in Minamata Japan a few years back.
Mahmood A. Khawaja, SDPI Senior Advisor, briefed participants on adverse
impacts of chemicals and recent international negotiations to curb the use of
hazardous pollutant Mercury.
said that SDPI took an initiative to use ART for advocacy and awareness raising
on health and environmental issues, especially among school students.
competition sought to raise awareness on negative effects of chemicals
especially mercury on environment and health. “We had anticipated that the
contest would lead to greater understanding for minimizing chemicals production
and use (especially mercury) for the protection of environment, healthy living
and sustainable development” he said.
his welcome remarks, Dr. Abid Qayium Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
appreciated the efforts of students. He said that Mercury poses risks to
environment and human health, especially of children. However, it is great to
know that after receiving our recommendations Polyclinic Islamabad has banned
use of mercury chemical in its premises. Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive
Director, SDPI said that SDPI would continue to work with youth to preserve
biodiversity and protect environment.