UNESCO Office in Islamabad


UN Day celebration at Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi 24 October 2017: A group of female ambassadors, heads of cooperation agencies and heads of UN agencies working in Pakistan joined hands with Fatima Jinnah Women University to mark the UN day. More than 100 students from different departments of the university got a chance to interact with the speakers in small groups, listen to their career experiences, ask questions and be inspired. Students from each group reiterated challenges are everywhere, but women can do whatever they want to do, they need commitment and strong will to continue towards their goal and importantly women need to support each other to overcome shared challenges and move forward. Read more...

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

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.

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UNESCO and Disaster risk reduction

Working alone or in collaboration with both UN Agencies and other scientific entities, UNESCO has been a catalyst for international, inter-disciplinary cooperation in many aspects of disaster risk reduction.
By operating at the interface between natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication, UNESCO plays a vital role in constructing a global culture of resilient communities. Read more...

Director General UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova paid two day state guest visit to Pakistan

Islamabad - 11 February 2014: UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova who arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday, February 5th 2014 as a state guest concluded her visit on February 7th. Upon her arrival she was received by Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar,
State Minister Health, Mr. Khalid Hanif, Additional Secretary at Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Country Director UNESCO Islamabad and other key officials and staff. Read more...
 President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan to Director General UNESCO
 UNESCO and Pakistan's Education Ministry launches Malala Funds-in-Trust
 Exclusive interview on PTV News and PTV World
 DG UNESCO met senior officials and representatives of the government, UN, civil society organizations in Islamabad
 Ms. Irina Bokova lauded efforts for the preservation, protection and promotion of natural heritages of Pakistan
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 President conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan to UNESCO's DG
 Malala Funds launched in-Trust for Girls' Education
 DG visits Taxila, Pakistan World Heritage Site and Lok Virsa
 Press Clipping PTV News
 DG Interview with Radio Pakistan

President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan to Director General UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova

Islamabad - 6 February 2014: President Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain conferred on Thursday 6 February, Pakistan's highest civil award Hilal-i-Pakistan upon Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO at a special meeting held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
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UNESCO and Pakistan's Education Ministry launches Malala Funds-in-Trust

Islamabad - 6 February 2014: UNESCO's Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova called on State Minister Education of the Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education, Mr. Balig-ur-Rehman and other senior officials of the
Ministry on Thursday. On this occasion Ms. Bokova and Mr. Balig-ur-Rehman signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Malala Funds-IN-TRUST for Girls' Right to Education which aimed at expanding and improving education and safe environment for all children in Pakistan particularly girls specially in remote areas of the country. Read more...
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DG UNESCO exclusive interview on PTV News and PTV World

Islamabad - 6/7 February 2014: The Director General UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova appeared during an exclusive interview on the state televisions, PTV News and Guest in Town programme on PTV World English. The interview drew upon attention on
comprehensive range of thematic areas and responses from the DG UNESCO including mandate of the UNESCO with particular focus to Pakistan, key focus areas and priorities after her second term election as DG UNESCO for Pakistan and globally, priority issues in agenda after 2015 post MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) development framework, signing of two MOUs related to education, UNESCO role in promoting education, women rights and cultural heritages, challenges for Pakistan and UNESCO role, sharing of personal experiences including her perspective on gender stereotypes as the first women head of UNESCO and UNESCO's role in championing issues related to gender equality and women empowerment and her sentiments about the conferment of Hilal-i-Pakistan in recognition of her services for the Pakistan through UNESCO platform.
 Exclusive Interview on PTV News and PTV World

DG UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova met senior officials and representatives of the government, UN, civil society organizations in Islamabad

Islamabad - 6/7 February 2014: Director General UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova as part of her state visit to Pakistan met with the Country Team of the United Nations in Pakistan. The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Timmo Pakala welcoming
Ms. Bokova highlighted the various efforts and activities under the ONE UN Programme and acknowledged UNESCO's contribution in various joint initiatives particularly in the education sector. Read more...
 DG Highlights Science-Policy-Sustainable Development Nexus
 Press Clippings  Daily Times | The Nation

Four day visit of Regional Director UNESCO to Pakistan

Islamabad - 1st February 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang- Jo Kim's four day mission to Pakistan concluded on Friday. During his visit, Gwang-Jo Kim met important government and
UN officials, and attended several events and programmes.
 UNESCO lauds effort for achieving MDGs
 UNESCO support mainstreaming of girls' access to education in
   RAHA community

 UNESCO support education and appreciate efforts for preservation of
   Gandharan culture

 UNESCO support government initiatives for protection and promotion of
   cultural heritages of Pakistan

Farewell reception function held for UNESCO's Country Director

Islamabad - 2 June 2014: UNESCO Islamabad and the Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, hosted separate farewell receptions in the honor of departing Country Director/Representative for UNESCO Islamabad, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata.
An official reception was organized by UNESCO Islamabad at Serena Hotel and was attended by representatives of the United Nations, civil society organizations, donor's agencies and foreign missions, and Government Officials. The participants lauded the efforts of Dr. Nagata during her over three year stay in Pakistan as Director UNESCO. Read more...

UNESCO head visits for goodwill event at street school in Islamabad

Islamabad, 19 December 2013: To show solidarity and goodwill with students of the open air street schools in Islamabad, Country Director/Representative, UNESCO, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata and Secretary General of Pakistan
National Commission for UNESCO, Amna Imran Khan visited Master Ayub's school in F-6, Islamabad. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press Clipping Tribune | The Nation

Multi stakeholder's consultation seminar on Breast Cancer Awareness

Islamabad, 30 October 2013: UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with UNWOMEN and United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office organized a Multi-Stakeholders Consultation on the Breast Cancer Awareness Month at
Serena Hotel, Islamabad.
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  Daily Times | Voice of America

Mr. Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of UK and Special Envoy of United Nations Secretary General visited Pakistan to promote Girls' Education

Former UK Prime Minister and Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown was called on by the President of Pakistan on 9th November, 2012. Mr. Gordon Brown is on a visit to Pakistan to promote Girls' Right to Courtesy to Associated press of Pakistan
Education. The President of Pakistan reiterated that government of Pakistan has accorded high priority to the promotion of education in the country especially in the militancy hit areas as a long term tool to fight militant mindset. He underscored that this mindset was our biggest collective enemy. Read more...
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UNESCO Applauds Parliament on Approval of Right to Education Bill

Achieving an important milestone of "Education for All (EFA)", UNESCO organized a special event to acknowledge the commitment of parliamentarians, civil society organizations and educationists for the "Right to Free and Compulsory Education
Bill 2012", passed in National Assembly of Pakistan for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). Read more...
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UNESCO and UNGEI Reaffirm Commitment to Girls' Right to Education in Pakistan

UNESCO under the umbrella of United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) organized a special seminar in Islamabad on 23rd October 2012, to reaffirm the commitment to Girls' Right to Education in Pakistan. UNGEI is a
flagship for girls' education. It serves as a principal movement to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education and to ensure the right to education and gender equality for all children, girls and boys alike. Read more...
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