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Message from Ms. Patricia McPhillips, UNESCO Representative in Pakistan on World Press Freedom Day

Webinar and COVID-19 and Open Science

Please note that we have limited slots, therefore kindly confirm your participation by replying to a.adnan@unesco.org no later than 6 May 2020 so we can share Zoom link with you for the webinar. Read more...

COVID19 | UNESCO's Response

Joint UNESCO-UNDP International Tsunami Early Warning SOPs Workshop

Karachi, 24-28 February 2019: The International Workshop on "Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Tsunami Early Warning", organized jointly by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO-IOC) and the UNDP Tsunami and Earthquake Preparedness project, in collaboration with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). Read more...

UNESCO in Collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden Participates in Lahore Literary Festival

Lahore 21-23 February 2020: The eighth edition of the Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), gathered educators, students, eminent writers, historians, artists and opinion-makers from Pakistan and abroad at Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore. Read more...

UNESCO supports policy dialogue on Media and Information Literacy at the International Conference on Media and Conflict (ICMC 2020) in Pakistan

Islamabad, 11-12 February 2020: The second International Conference on Media and Conflict was organized by the Pakistan Peace Collective under the auspices of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad. The conference brought together national and international organizations, researchers and practitioners to deliberate on 'peaceful coexistence in the digital space'. Read more...

A Ray of Light for the Students of Seminaries

Islamabad, 30 January 2020: Among an impressive gathering of madrassa and school teachers, students, government officials, parliamentarians, diplomats and representative of civil society, UNESCO Islamabad Office held the concluding conference of the regional initiative, "Learning for Empathy". Funded by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the project aims to strengthen madrassa and school practitioners' capacities to equip learners with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to live healthy lives, promote sustainability, and engage with the world as responsible and passionate global citizens. The project is completing its one year of implementation in March 2020 while working in selected madrasas and schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Read more...

Learning for Empathy*- A journey towards Peace and Interfaith Harmony

Peshawar, 21 October 2019: UNESCO Pakistan concluded a daylong meeting at Pearl Continental Hotel with key stakeholder from Provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. The meeting was organized to discuss the
ongoing regional initiative of UNESCO "Learning for Empathy" based on capacity building of teachers and students for bringing peace, harmony and empathy in the society through education. Read more...

UNESCO marks International Day for Universal Access to Information in Lahore

Lahore, 26 September 2019: Under its Multi-donor program on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, UNESCO Islamabad, commemorated the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2019 at Punjab University on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The event was organized in partnership with the European Union, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Embassy of Sweden in Pakistan, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and civil society partner Digital Rights Foundation (DRF). Read more...

Launch 'From Tsiam to the Hindu Kush' a coffee table book by THAAP and UNESCO

Islamabad, 24 September 2019: under the Swiss-funded Kalasha Heritage Safeguarding and Sustainable Tourism project, a coffee table book on Kalasha people and their culture was launched at an event in Islamabad. Co-published by THAAP and UNESCO and entitled "From Tsiam to the Hindu Kush", the book is a collection of essays and photographs aimed to offer a holistic account of the last
remaining indigenous community of the country. Read more...

Media and information literacy; a crucial element for peace and tolerance in the face of online violent extremism in Pakistan

Islamabad, 17-18 September 2019: A two-day National Conference on Media and Information Literacy for Prevention of Violent Extremism was organized by the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP) in collaboration with the IFAP National Committee of Pakistan and its civil society partner Media Matters for Democracy on 17 and 18 September 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Read more...

Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity - Status of Pakistan

Islamabad, 22 July 2019: UNESCO held a multi-stakeholder consultation in collaboration with National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) of Pakistan, Parliamentary Commission for Human Rights (PCHR) and Peace and Justice Network (PJN) under its Multi-Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists. Read more...

Consultation on the UNESCO Pakistan Country Strategic Document 2018-2022

Islamabad, 25 April 2019: In accordance with the Pakistan One United Nations Programme III (OP III) 2018-2022, Pakistan's national development priorities, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNESCO Islamabad launched its Country Strategic Document (UCSD) 2018-2022. The document presents UNESCO's strategic framework for engagement with the Government, other UN Agencies, development partners, and civil society to respond most effectively to Pakistan's development needs, priorities, and aspirations. It provides a programmatic framework for UNESCO's interventions in Education, Culture, Science, and Communication and Information sectors in Pakistan for the next four years. Read more...

The UNESCO Pakistan Country Strategic Document 2018-2022 is available here.

National Commission for Human Rights nominates focal persons for collecting data and reporting crimes against journalists

Islamabad, 25 April 2019: The National Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique has announced the nomination of focal persons in all provincial and federal police departments to collect data on crimes against Journalists. Mr. Shafique was speaking at the closing ceremony of a workshop with duty bearers on promoting safety of journalists. He shared that official notifications had been issued in this regard. NCHR will also be initiating the process of establishing federal and provincial level working group on freedom of expression and safety of journalist. Read more...

Girls' Right to Education Programme

UNESCO Islamabad office has been working on promotion of Girls' Education in most marginalized areas of Pakistan through its multi-year flagship programme titled, "Girls' Right to Education Programme in Pakistan (GREP)". Funded by multiple donors including the Government of Pakistan, the programme aims at improving access to, retention and quality of girls' primary education in most marginalized areas of Pakistan. For further update, refer to the following links.

 Programme at a glance
 Programme update
 Programme testimonials
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