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3-day Training Workshop on Updating and Harmonizing the National Tentative List of Cultural, Natural and Mixed Heritage Sites of Pakistan

Islamabad, 3-5 December 2015: UNESCO office Islamabad in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Archaeology and Museums and with support from UNESCO Tehran (Cluster Office) organize a 3-day Training Workshop to prepare and finalize the list of potential Cultural, Natural and Mixed Heritage Sites of Pakistan for inscription on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The workshop also focused on capacity building of the stakeholders on World Heritage protection and management. Read more...
 Press Clipping   Associate press of Pakistan | Tribune | The News

Protecting the World Heritage of Pakistan through Awareness Raising and Capacity Building

Taxila is one of the six World heritage sites of Pakistan inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980. It is a vast complex of archaeological heritage which includes a Mesolithic cave, 4 settlement sites, a number of Buddhist monasteries of various
periods and Muslim Mosques of the medieval period. Most of the Buddhist Stupas and monasteries at Taxila date from 1st to 5th century A.D.

The site is facing diverse conservation and development problems. Exposure of the archaeological remains to the extremes of a tropical climate, uncontrolled growth of vegetation specifically in Sirkap and Dharmarajika, limestone blasting and quarrying activities in the valley (despite of their location outside the buffer zone, encroachment and illegal excavations, all represent a risk to the overall integrity of the property. Read more...

Integrating ICH into Teaching & Learning to Reinforce Education for Sustainable Development Initiatives of Heritage Education in Pakistan

"Oh there are so many numbers in the Chunri, the number of knotsmultiplied by the number of folds, so how many does that make?" was the response of a Class 6 student, Irfan when a chunri(traditional resist dyeing through tie & dye method) bedspread was opened in the class room of boys and girls from 5 to 7thgrades at a school in Islamabad. The small 11 year old saw a math puzzle in a traditional craft piece when the tradition bearer or Ustad, as we call them in Pakistan, was sharing her craft making with a group of 30 students in a class room setting. The school teachers asked Ustad Nusrat Saleem, the chunri expert from a small village, Abbass Nagar in South Punjab, where UNESCO Islamabad had earlier carried out an ICH safeguarding project, whether she too looks at the chunri in the same manner. Read more...

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People, celebrated on 9 August each year is a moment to acknowledge the vital contribution of indigenous peoples to innovation and creativity, to sustainable development as well as
to cultural diversity. This is essential today and tomorrow, as we shape the new post-2015 development agenda.

In September, the United Nations General Assembly will hold the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. This will review progress towards the fulfillment of indigenous peoples' rights, and efforts to implement the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read more...
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UNESCO support government initiatives for protection and promotion of cultural heritages of Pakistan

Islamabad - 31 January 2014: Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific visited the World Heritage Site, Rohtas Fort of Punjab province. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director/Representative UNESCO Islamabad and other senior colleagues
were also present on the occasion. Officials of the Rohtas Fort received the guests. Gwang-Jo Kim showed keen interest in the fort and appreciated the rich and diverse heritage of Pakistan. He expressed UNESCO's commitment to continue supporting the government's protection effort of the World Heritage Sites in Pakistan and shared the idea that Rohtas Fort might be better preserved and protected if the community, local youths and school children living within the forth premise were involved and given the feeling of ownership.
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 Press Clipping Daily Times
 Video Interview of Director UNESCO Islamabad on Rohtas Fort

UNESCO hands over Heritage Conservation Award For Khaplu Palace in Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan: 16 September 2013: The ceremony of "UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award 2013 for Cultural Heritage Conservation" was held at the prestigious Khaplu Palace in Gilgit Baltistan to recognize the efforts of
Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan - winner of this year's award. The Director UNESCO Islamabad, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata during the ceremony handed over a plaque to Mr. Abbas Khan the representative of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan (AKCSP). Read more...
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 Press Clipping  Pak Observer | The Fortress

Workshop held for the Implementation of 2003 Convention on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Quetta, 30 October 2013: UNESCO Islamabad in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism, Government of Balochistan and MEHER Foundation, organized three days capacity building training workshop on implementation of
2003 convention for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage at Quetta from 29th to 31st Oct 2013. Read more...

Dr. Qian Tang's visit to World Heritage Site of Taxila

Taxila - 21 July 2013: Assistant Director-General (Education), UNESCO, Paris, Dr. Qian Tang, in his mission to Pakistan visited the cultural heritage site of Taxila, near capital city Islamabad. Read more...

Three Day Workshop on Updating and Harmonizing the National Tentative List of Cultural, Natural and Mixed Heritage Sites in Pakistan Suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List of UNESCO

Islamabad - 12 June 2013: Ministry of National Heritage and Integration with the support of UNESCO has organized a workshop on revising the Tentative List of Heritage Sites of Pakistan from 12th to 14th June 2013. Read more...

UNESCO Celebrates World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Islamabad - 21 May 2013: To increase dialogue and understanding of Cultural Diversity among academia and civil society, UNESCO Islamabad along with UN Resident Coordinator's office and UNWOMEN, organized a seminar to mark "World Day of
Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development" with National University of Science Technology (NUST) and their students. Read more...
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 DG Message on the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development
 Press Clipping  Pak Observer

Teacher's Training Workshop on "Cultivating Peace through Heritage Education"

A teacher training workshop on promoting peace through cultural heritage was organized by UNESCO in collaboration with Ministry of CAD at Islamabad College for Girls on 17 April 2013. This training workshop titled, "Promoting Culture of
Peace through Cultural Heritage" is basically the part of UNESCO's programme on World Heritage Education and aimed at building the capacity of teachers to help students develop their understanding of World Heritage Sites of Pakistan as a testimony to peace, human rights and democracy. Read more...
 Press Clipping - Tribune

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UNESCO Working for Economic Empowerment of Women - Exhibition of Cultural Products From South Punjab

UNESCO in collaboration with THAAP and Serena Business Complex organized an Exhibition of the Cultural Products of South Punjab at Serena Business Complex Islamabad on Tuesday, 4th December 2012. The exhibition displayed the cultural
products prepared under the joint initiative of One UN (ARP-JPC-2) project "Promotion of Cultural Industries for Poverty Alleviation in Bahawalpur" which was spearheaded by UNESCO in partnership with THAAP in 2012. Read more...

UNESCO Promotes Intangible Cultural Heritage of Pakistan through Capacity Building

Being a home to many civilizations in the past, Pakistan has a very rich and diversified cultural heritage. All the provinces of Pakistan have their own unique cultures and traditions. This rich intangible culture is in fragile state and in danger of being
lost due to various internal and external factors and is needed to be safeguarded and promoted. Pakistan has ratified this convention in 2005 and has an obligation to implement the convention for safeguarding and promoting the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Following to the 18th amendment, culture is now responsibility of provinces and it is required to build the capacities of provinces for effective implementation of the convention. Read more...

UNESCO Director visits Peshawar Museum

The Director/ Representative of UNESCO Islamabad, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata visited the Peshawar Museum on 17 May 2012. She was received by the Curator of the Museum, Nidaullah Sehrai, who briefed her about the Buddhist civilisation of Gandhara and the Peshawar
Museum which had the most extensive collection of the Gandhara art in Pakistan. The curator gave her a guided tour of the Main Hall in which 74 stories of Buddha's life were displayed. She was also shown around the Bodhisattva and the Buddha galleries of the museum. She showed keen interest in various elements taken from Greek, Roman and Indian styles and beautifully incorporated in the Gandhara art.
 Press Clipping  The Nation

Exhibition of Cultural Products from South Punjab

Promoting Cultural Industries for Poverty Alleviation in District Bahawalpur.

UNESCO in collaboration with THAAP organized an Exhibition of the Cultural Products of South Punjab at Lok Virsa Islamabad on Sunday, 1st of April 2012 at 1600 hrs. The exhibition displayed the cultural products prepared under the joint initiative of One UN (ARP-JPC-2) project "Promotion of Cultural Industries for Poverty Alleviation in Bahawalpur" which was spearheaded by UNESCO in partnership with THAAP in 2011. Read more...

Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim Visit to the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa)

Dr. Kim Gwang-Jo, Regional Director UNESCO Asia-Pacific Office Bangkok paid a visit to ethnological museum of Lokvirsa on 30th April 2012 along with Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Country Director UNESCO Islamabad office.
Lokvirsa official received Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim and briefed him on the activities of Lokvirsa in relation to documenting and promoting the intangible cultural heritage of Pakistan. Read more...

International Mother Tongue Day

UNESCO pays tribute to indigenous communities for preserving their mother tongues for cultural harmony
On the occasion of International Mother Langauge Day, 21 Feb 2012, UNESCO Islamabad pays tribute to indigenous languages of Pakistan. In Pakistan there are 28 indigenous mother languages endangered of the extinction. Read more...

International Seminar on Human Rights, Culture of Peace and Tolerance in an Era of Extremism

University of Gujrat organized an International Seminar on "Human Rights Culture of Peace & Tolerance in the Era of Extremism" in collaboration with UNESCO Islamabad and
International Peace Bureau, on January 24, 2012. Educationists, Scholars, political leaders and other speakers from civil society participated in the Seminar. Speakers expressed their views on the importance of peace and shared ideas on promoting a culture of peace and tolerance. Read more...

Second Meeting of the Executive Board of the National Fund for Moenjodaro

The second meeting of the Executive Board of the National Fund for Moenjodaro was held on 14th February, 2012 at Moenjodaro guesthouse. Chaired by the Minister of Culture, Sindh Government,
Ms. Sassui Palijo, the meeting was participated by a UNESCO team, led by the UNESCO Director, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata. As per the composition of Executive Board, notified by the Sindh Chief Minister in July 2011, the Director of UNESCO Islamabad is a key member of the Executive Board.. Read more...

Training Workshop for Museum Professionals from Asia Pacific Region

UNESCO Office Tehran and Islamabad in cooperation with Center for Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management (CCHC&M), National College of Arts, Lahore have organized a 5-day training workshop to build the capacity of Museum professionals from Asia
Pacific Region including Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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World Heritage Site at Makli

One of the largest necropolises in the world, with a diameter of approximately 12 kilometers, Makli Hill is supposed to be the burial place of some 125,000 Sufi saints. It is located on the outskirts of Thatta, the capital
of lower Sindh until the seventeenth century, in southeastern province of present-day Pakistan. Read more...

Training Workshop on Safeguarding Intangible Culture

The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the training workshop on the implementation of 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage was held on 30th June 2011.
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Certificate Awarding Ceremony
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UNESCO DG's message on World Day for Cultural Diversity

Ten years ago, the international community came together to highlight the importance of dialogue among cultures and its commitment to diversity by unanimously adopting the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.

With this historic declaration, the States of the world recognized cultural diversity as the common heritage of humanity. Read more...
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