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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...
 Message from Director-General of UNESCO
 Tribune Press Clipping

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.
 Press Release
 Press Clipping Daily Times
 Video Interview of Director UNESCO Islamabad on Rohtas Fort