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National workshop on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship held in Islamabad

Islamabad, 18 February 2017: UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with UNESCO Head Quarters and Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), organized a three-day national workshop for education stakeholders to raise awareness and understanding on the concept of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education. Aimed at ensuring that all learners are provided with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to promote sustainable development and global citizenship the workshop gathered representatives from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, provincial/ area education officials, civil society organization, research institues, academia and youth. Read more...
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 Press Clippings  Daily Times | Pakistan Point | Pak Observer | Tribune

World Radio Day 2017: Audience at the heart of the broadcast

During a talk show, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan, Ms. Vibeke Jensen, and Director of United Nations Information Centre, Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, stressed the importance for a greater participation of audiences and
communities in thepolicy and planning of radio broadcasting. She said "More than on-air interaction, public participation should include mechanisms such as audience engagement policies, public editors and ombudspeople, listener forums and complaints resolution procedures". Read more...

Multi-stakeholder meetings on the UNESCO 2005 convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Culture Expressions

This video presents the highlights of the UNESCO project entitled "Promoting the Right to Arts and Culture for Sustainable Development through the 2005 UNESCO's Convention for the Protection & Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions" which has been funded by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) under the program "Promoting the Right to Arts and Culture". This program was implemented in Pakistan from June 2015 to December 2016 across various cities. CKU's support actively contributes to ensuring the access and participation of women, youth and marginalized groups in cultural activities, particularly those that have the potential to create sustainable employment and economic development. Read more...

UNESCO Imparts Training to Farmers to Mitigate Flood Hazards

Chakwal 16-18 November 2016: A three-day training "Community Based Training Programme on Watershed Management for Flood and Drought Control" was jointly organized by UNESCO and Soil and Water Conservation Research
Institute (SAWCRI) in Chakwal. This conference was part of UNESCO project to mitigate flood hazards, where participants of the training acquired knowledge of watershed management approaches which will result in reduced soil erosion through reduction in water runoff and improved storage of rainwater, hence mitigating flood hazard. Read more...
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 Press clippings:   Daily Times | Dawn | The Nation | The News

Countrywide workshops in Pakistan - participatory policy making for the creative sector & UNESCO's 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The countrywide workshops between 17 and 24 November will bring together government representatives, creative professionals, academics, as well as representatives from civil society organizations to discuss the growing importance of the creative economy in Pakistan. It will be a platform to listen to creative entrepreneurs about their challenges, needs and aspirations in order to elaborate public policies to meet the needs of the stakeholders. This 3rd phase of an ongoing process, will also highlight the importance of evidence-based, transparent policymaking involving key players from the creative sector and collaboration across different ministries at different levels of governments. Read more...
 Press Releases: Peshawar | Karachi | Islamabad
 Press clippings:   Frontier Post | Asia Net | Dawn | The News | Tribune


Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December to commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. On this day, when individuals across the globe come together to reaffirm their support for the rights of others, UNESCO interviewed two women who have chosen to stand tall for their own rights. Read more...

UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation commemorate the World Science Day under the theme "Celebrating Science Centers and Science Museums"

Islamabad - 15 November 2016: UNESCO Islamabad together with Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) jointly organized an event on the occasion of World Science Day 2016 at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History in Islamabad. The theme
for this years' was "Celebrating Science Centers and Science Museums". The event aimed to create awareness on the importance of WSD and to encourage students towards scientific education and research and to provide them with a platform to share ideas between the scientists and students. Read more...
 Press clipping:   The News

Water, Energy and Food Security, key for achieving SDGs in Dryland Regions

Rawalpindi 23-25 November 2016: A three-day International Conference "Asia Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions" was jointly organized by UNESCO and Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). The conference was held at a time when the United Nations together with its partners is promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Conference was constituted to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national development plans and proposed policy guidelines and strategies for effective use of resources to ensure water, energy and food security. Read more...
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 Press clippings:   The News | The Nation | Tribune | The Frontier Post | Pak Media | Pakistan Observer | Daily Times | Dawn | Pakistan Today | Nature News

Orange Day in Islamabad

24 November 2016: The UNITE to End Violence against Women campaign, an initiative of the UN Secretary General, is celebrated on the 25th of each and every month. Orange Day, as it is called, is a day of awareness raising and of action to end violence against women and girls. UNESCO Islamabad joined other field offices and colleagues in the UN to celebrate Orange Day. Dressed in their bright orange attires, and in their own style, UNESCO staff came out to partake in the events and to show their solidarity with the campaign.

Gender equality and women empowerment are two key priorities of the newly adopted SDGs. Goal 16, for example, is dedicated to the promotion of just, peaceful and inclusive societies. You will recall that one of the global priorities of UNESCO is gender equality; the empowerment of women and girls, is therefore well established in our programme and mandate.
Rather than a photo opportunity, Orange Day is therefore a significant event and milestone to check on our own progress and to reflect on our results and lessons learned.

International Day for Tolerance 16th November 2016: Cherishing Diversity

Mr. Neil Buhne, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan
When Pakistan was created, Muhammad Ali Jinnah envisioned a state that would be a home to all people, irrespective of their race, religion, or cast. He said, "You may belong to any religion, caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the state". When the UN was created, among the first words in the charter were that, people of the UN were "to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours". Mr. Jinnah and the founders of the UN recognized that a tolerant society is an important pre-condition for human development in a society. Since the 1940's both in Pakistan, and the world, tolerance of others has grown - but sadly progress has been inconsistent whether in terms of attacks on cultural heritage, such as at Bamian, in Afghanistan, or on religious tolerance as shown most recently and horribly in the 14 November attack on hundreds at the Shah Noorani Shrine. Read more...
 Cherishing Diversity, The Nation

UNESCO Consultation on Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia achieved significant recommendations for Pakistan

8 October 2016: UNESCO in collaboration with Uks organised a National Consultation to refine and validate the Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia, developed earlier this year in a Regional Consultation,
and to propose an action plan for the next steps to be taken. Read more...
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 Press clippings:   The News | Tribune

UNESCO Pakistan launches the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report

UNESCO Pakistan in collaboration with UNICEF and other UN partners in Islamabad unveiled the 2016 GEM Report, entitled "Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Future for All". The national launching ceremony is followed by the global launch on 6 September 2016 at UNESCO HQ in Paris.

The 2016 GEM Report was formally presented by UNESCO Representative to Pakistan, Ms. Vibeke Jensen to Mr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training. Ms. Angela Kearney, UNICEF Representative to Pakistan and Ms. Razina Alam Khan, Chairperson, National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) were also present at the presentation ceremony. A large audience including officials of the government of Pakistan and representatives from government, development partners, civil society, academia and media also attended the launching ceremony. Read more...

For further details: Event pictures, Press Release

 GEM Complete Report
 Summary Report En | Ur
 Press clippings:   The Nation | The News | Daily Times | Daily Express | Associated Press of Pakistan | Press Information Department | TVI

Kalash Photo Exhibition

Islamabad, 27 September 2016: UNESCO Pakistan and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in collaboration with Satrang Art Gallery, Serena Hotel Islamabad, launched a selection of ethnographic photos of the Kalash community.
The exhibition titled, "Faces of the Kalash" showcased a number of photos from 1929 Georg Morgenstierne's field-work who was a Norwegian linguistic professor at that time and extensively documented the culture of the Kalash. Read more...
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 Press clippings:   Associated Press of Pakistan | Daily Times | Dawn | Pakistan Point | Pakistan Observer | The Nation

Sustainable Development Goal-4

UNESCO, UNICEF, Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training, Provincial Ministries of Education launched successful consultations.

Four consultations were held in four cities in Pakistan (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar) within the framework of the global SDG-4 and its targets which aim at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. The workshops were drawn upon the Framework For Action (FFA) Education 2030 adopted in November 2015 by UNESCO Member States that aims at supporting all countries to realize their own vision and ambitions for education. Read more...

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