“Pakistan Foresight Initiative” Launched by AGAHI, Pakistan Node of The Millennium Project

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The Millennium Project and AGAHI sign an MOU, collaborating on Global Futures Studies and Research.

Washington, D.C. – February 10, 2015 ­- The realization that Pakistan is already facing magnitude of challenges is a crucial indicator to equip the population dividend with meaningful knowledge skillsets that can enable an environment for policymakers, legislatures and political groups to realign themselves in an effective decision-making process. A test case study launched in 2012, to determine the Future of Pakistan leading up to 2060. The research conducted was to check and test assumptions about Pakistan’s future among the leadership and wider society, explore perceptions of Pakistan from both inside and outside the country, and identify future risks and opportunities.

Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder and President AGAHI said, this is a tremendous opportunity for stakeholders in Pakistan to contribute to global information system across 15 challenges such as; Sustainable development and climate change, Clean water, Population and resources, Democratization, Global Foresight and Decision-making, Global convergence of IT, Rich-poor gap, Health issues, Education, Peace and Conflict, State of Women, Transnational organized crime, Energy, Science and technology, Global ethics. AGAHI will partner at national and sub-national levels on the basis of their contributions, expertise and knowledge towards producing customized futures research and also State of Futures Index-Pakistan.

AGAHI assumes the lead responsibility as a Country Node for The Millennium Project in Pakistan; Improving humanity’s prospects for building a better future.

Jerome Glenn, co-Founder and Director of the Millennium Project said that, the humanity needs to think together in a systematic research-based common platform about our planetary future; The Millennium Project’s annual State of the Future reports and the Global Futures Intelligence System has begun to address that need. On behalf of The Millennium Project with its 55 Nodes around the world, Glenn welcomed the Pakistani Node to connect the views of Pakistan’s future-oriented institutions and individuals  with others around the world to help build a better future for humanity.

Puruesh Chaudhary is also a member of the Planning Committee of the Millennium Project, responsible for the quality of its work, assuring that its research is apolitical, publishing results, promoting public awareness and discussion.

AGAHI in its independent capacity is developing, alliances with key stakeholders at the academic and government tiers, with individual experts and civil society organizations in order to advance the purpose of foresight thinking in policymaking and strategic interventions in the country.

AGAHI-Network will work on producing research work that focuses on human capital development, strengthening institutions in Pakistan and Globally by institutionalising futures thinking on matters related to human security and territorial sovereignty. This network will participate in Millennium Project studies. The Millennium Project is currently preparing to conduct a global assessment of how to prepare for future changes in the nature of work around as artificial intelligence and other forms of automations are implemented in the next 20 to 30 years.

Founded in 1996, Millennium Project, Independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners and policy-makers; managing coherent and cumulative process, collecting judgments from over 50 Nodes around the World.

AGAHI is a not for profit organization established in Islamabad in 2011 under the Society Registration Act 1860. It started off as an initiative of Mishal Pakistan and gradually became an independent organization. AGAHI is heavily focused on Research and Development mainly on national and international security, ICT, competitiveness, human capital development, and governance issues. It also aims to promote quality journalism through the Media Development Initiative program.

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