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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. The Convention provides a complete framework to protect and safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

UNESCO Islamabad in partnership with Department of Culture, Government of Punjab is organizing a 4-day training workshop for the capacity building of the relevant government institutions to implement the 2003 convention of UNESCO for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage.
The opening session of the 4 day training workshop was organized in Lahore today, where eminent Experts of Cultural heritage sites in Pakistan attended the sessoin. Dr. Kozue Kay Nagate, Director UNESCO graced the
occassion as the Chief Guest. She mentioned of the Indus valley and Gandhara Civilizations and appreciated the deep-rooted history and cultural heritage of Paksitan. “Although the term intangible cultural heritage is relatively new, but the concept is as old as humanity. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity,” said Dr Nagata.

Mr. Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani, Secretary Culture & Information, Government of Punjab appreciated the role of UNESCO to protect and safeguard the Intangible Culture and thanked Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata for supporting and organizing the said workshop.

The Resource person Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal emphasized on the need to promote the diversity of culture in order to build the climate of peace and tolerance. Highlighting the importance of the capacity building workshop on the implementation of 2003 convention she called it a major step towards gaining the advantage from the mechanism established by the 2003 convention.

This training workshop will continue for 4 days and relevant staff from Department of Culture, Government of Punjab and staff from Culture Departments of other provinces including Federal Capitol, Khyber Pukhtoon Khwa, Baluchistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Sindh have been invited to attend the workshop. The workshop focuses on understanding the 2003 convention, its implementation and how to benefit from the mechanism of international cooperation established by the convention.