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In a dynamic virtual gathering hosted by Cagayan State University (CSU) on December 22, 2023, ASIST took center stage at the 3rd International Conference on Future Thinking Towards SDGs. The event unfolded on Zoom under the theme "Unboxing Society 6.0: Future Thinking Skills, Technologies, & SDGs," attracting global experts, scholars, and institutions passionate about shaping a sustainable future. 

CSU President Urdujah Alvarado opened the conference with a warm welcome, setting the stage for a day filled with insightful discussions. Messages of support from esteemed figures such as Prof. Dr. Hj. Abdol Samad Bin Nawi, Dr. Agussani, Dr. Cheng-Yu Ku, Dr. I Made Sukamerta, and Dr. Rosnani Hasham added an international flair to the event. Usec. Ma. Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones of the Department of Migrant Workers delivered a keynote address emphasizing the crucial role of future thinking in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

President Lizan Perante-Calina of PhilFutures led a discussion on Future Thinking Skills in Society 6.0, while Director Mohd Fadhil bin Md Din explored the Sustainability & Emerging Technology Agenda. Dr. Fr. Augustine Thomas Pamplany delved into the intersection of AI and SDGs, and Dr. Rozainum Binti Ad Aziz tackled Sustainability in Instruction and Research.

In parallel sessions, ASIST delegates engaged in seven themes reflecting their diverse interests: Governance and Sustainability Engagement, Developing Future Thinking Competencies, Environmental Sustainability, Youth Leadership, Food, Health, and Wellness, Moving Towards Society 6.0 Through Education, and Utilizing Technology to Build Society 6.0.

The discussions not only enriched participants but also highlighted the interconnectedness of the SDGs with various themes. The event showcased the multifaceted approach needed to achieve the SDGs, from environmental sustainability to youth leadership and technology utilization.

As the conference concluded, Dr. Giged Tong-Battung delivered a closing message, expressing gratitude for the active participation. The event served as a reminder that collaborative efforts, especially in SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals and Future Thinking, are pivotal in advancing the global agenda for sustainable development. ASIST, through its active engagement, has contributed to a collective vision for a more sustainable and inclusive future. Source: Patrick A. Benedito Office of the International Affairs and Linkages

ASIST participants headed by CAO Elizier B Lazo, Mr. Greg Anthony G. Turqueza, Mr. Patrick A. Benedito, Mr. John Mark Romero, Mr. Clifford Luis Leones, Mr. Fritz Jed Correa, and Mr. Frederick Casimiro.

Dr. Calina discussing the State of SDG in the Philippines.

Director Mohd Fadhil bin Md Din presenting SDG integration in Higher Education Institutions.