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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.

Representatives from relevant institutions including Provincial Departments of Culture and Archaeology, Department of Forest, Wildlife, Pakistan Council of Research and Water Resources (PCRWR), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Federal Directorate of Archaeology and Museums participated in the workshop. The focal persons and those responsible for cultural, natural and mixed properties presented their cases for inclusion in the final submission for the revised Tentative List. The resource persons carried out a number of sessions to facilitate the focal persons/representatives to refine and strengthen their cases and provide the necessary information about the proposed cultural and natural properties in the light of operational guidelines of World Heritage Convention. The resource persons shall review and refine all the submission in close consultation with Federal Directorate of Archaeology and Museums and Provincial institutions responsible for the proposed sites and submit the finalized file to World Heritage Centre for inclusion to the Tentative List.

Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Country Representative UNESCO Pakistan and Ms. Saba Mohsin Raza, Secretary Information Broadcasting & National Heritage attended the inaugural session. Speaking at the inaugural session, Ms. Vibeke Jensen, highlighted that inscribing Pakistan's potential culture and natural properties on Tentative and World Heritage List is an important first step. But at the same time, she emphasized that the world heritage status comes with the obligation of the State and other relevant institutions to safeguard and maintain the Outstanding Universal Value of Pakistan cultural and natural heritage and transmit this to the next generation in a good shape.

Ms. Saba Mohsin Raza, Secretary of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage who was the Chief Guest at the workshop inauguration, extended her gratitude to UNESCO Islamabad, for organizing the workshop hosted by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage. She emphasized the importance of safeguarding and management of the World Heritage of Pakistan. She said that Pakistan with 6 sites on World Heritage List of UNESCO and 18 on Tentative List is probably lagging behind for having no natural or mixed heritage sites on the List of UNESCO World Heritage List.

"The workshop will pave way for greater cooperation and help in bringing the experts closer for protecting and promoting our rich tangible, cultural and natural heritage", Ms. Saba said.

Dr. Muhammad Arif, Director General, Directorate of Archaeology and Museums welcomed all the participants and thanked UNESCO for its financial and technical support to organize the 3 days' workshop.

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