On Wednesday, The Foreign Office made an announcement of an institution and Pakistani nuclear scientists winning international awards. This act was the recognition of the advancement of Pakistan in the use of nuclear technology in the accomplishment of some sustainable development goals.
FAO (The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and IAEA (The International Atomic Energy Agency) have jointly bagged these special awards.
NIAB (Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology) won the Outstanding Achievement Award. A team of four scientists in the PAEC (Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission) conferred the Team Achievement Award for their contributions and outstanding work in the same area.
Another PAEC scientist won the third award, the “Young Scientist Award,” for the work done in plant mutation breeding and relevant technologies.
FO said a statement, “These awards are a clear marker of Pakistan’s advancement in nuclear technology and efforts for the achievement of Sustainable Development goals, especially food security.”
Furthermore, the statement read, “Extensive civilian nuclear applications in Pakistan are directly contributing to the well-being of the people and national development in the areas of public health, medicine, agriculture, industry, and nuclear power generation.”
In September 2021, the IAEA’s 65th General Conference will be held, in which the scientists and institution will be presented with the award certificates.