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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 Video Interview of Director UNESCO Islamabad on Rohtas Fort

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.

Sarwar Javed, Secretary Culture and Tourism Government of Balochistan inaugurated the workshop. The training was attended by 40 participants from different walks of life from Balochistan and other provinces as well as Abullah Baloch, Director Culture, Balochistan; Aziz Jamali, Deputy Commissioner Sibi and Saira Atta, Director General Industries Balochistan. Read more...

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). At this occasion, Dr. Nagata applauded the efforts of those architects, designers, experts and individuals involved in reinstating the lost grandeur of Khaplu Palace, built in 1840s by Raja of Khaplu. Read more...
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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.
Director UNESCO Islamabad, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata and her team from Culture and Education sectors hosted a sightseeing trip for Dr. Tang. During his visit, Dr. Tang also met with Mr. Abdul Nasir, Curator of Taxila Museum and his team. Dr. Tang shared the UNESCO's publication and resource material on World Heritage Education with Mr. Nasir. Mr. Abdul Nasir gave a guided tour of the museum to Dr. Tang and other UNESCO staff. Dr. Tang showed great interest in the Gandhara antiquities and sculptures of the Taxila. 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.
Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination for inscription on the World Heritage List, during the following years. States Parties are encouraged to submit in their Tentative Lists, properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List. 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
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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. It aims to inspire students to respect other people, individuals or groups, sects and their diverse traditions and motivate them to search for peaceful conflict resolution in their lives and also develop an attitude to co-operate in the spirit of solidarity in support of World Heritage Conservation. Read more...
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