Multi-stakeholder meetings on the UNESCO 2005 convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Culture Expressions

This video presents the highlights of the UNESCO project entitled "Promoting the Right to Arts and Culture for Sustainable Development through the 2005 UNESCO's Convention for the Protection & Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions" which has been funded by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) under the program "Promoting the Right to Arts and Culture". This program was implemented in Pakistan from June 2015 to December 2016 across various cities. CKU's support actively contributes to ensuring the access and participation of women, youth and marginalized groups in cultural activities, particularly those that have the potential to create sustainable employment and economic development. Read more...

Countrywide workshops in Pakistan - participatory policy making for the creative sector & UNESCO's 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The countrywide workshops between 17 and 24 November will bring together government representatives, creative professionals, academics, as well as representatives from civil society organizations to discuss the growing importance of the creative economy in Pakistan. It will be a platform to listen to creative entrepreneurs about their challenges, needs and aspirations in order to elaborate public policies to meet the needs of the stakeholders. This 3rd phase of an ongoing process, will also highlight the importance of evidence-based, transparent policymaking involving key players from the creative sector and collaboration across different ministries at different levels of governments. Read more...
 Press Releases: Peshawar | Karachi | Islamabad
 Press clippings:   Frontier Post | Asia Net | Dawn | The News | Tribune

UNESCO and the Norwegian Embassy Visit to Kalash Valley

"Faces of Kalash", a photographic show featuring glimpses of life and cultural heritage of Kalash valley was put on display in Satrang Gallery Serena Hotel on Tuesday the 27th of September. The event was jointly organized by UNESCO and
the Norwegian Embassy at Satrang Art Gallery to showcase the photographs captured in 1929 by Georg Morgenstierne, a Norwegian linguistics professor who visited the region and documented the culture of Kalash extensively . Read more...

Poster Competition on Historic Building of Rawalpindi

Within the framework of UNESCO-NFIT-WHITRAP-NCA Project on Developing Guidelines on Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings in Rawalpindi a poster competition amongst the students of the Government Schools was
organized on June 22nd 2016 in collaboration with Education Directorate, Rawalpindi. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and to understand and revisit the significance of historic buildings to the present culture of Rawalpindi. Read more...

Kalash Photo Exhibition

Islamabad, 27 September 2016: UNESCO Pakistan and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in collaboration with Satrang Art Gallery, Serena Hotel Islamabad, launched a selection of ethnographic photos of the Kalash community.
The exhibition titled, "Faces of the Kalash" showcased a number of photos from 1929 Georg Morgenstierne's field-work who was a Norwegian linguistic professor at that time and extensively documented the culture of the Kalash. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press clippings:   Associated Press of Pakistan | Daily Times | Dawn | Pakistan Point | Pakistan Observer | The Nation

Pakistan among UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards winners

September 2016: Shahi Hammam, a unique 17th-century Mughal public bathhouse received UNESCO's 2016 Award Merit for being restored with a high degree of technical proficiency by Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan in collaboration
with Walled City Authority Lahore.
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation were established in 2000 to recognize and encourage private efforts and public-private initiatives in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the region. Read more...
 Press clippings:   Daily Times | Tribune

Countrywide Consultations with Pakistan's Creative Sector

UNESCO Pakistan with the support of the Denmark's Centre for Culture and Development completed countywide consultations - discussing policies for cultural and creative sectors in the country. These consultations were held in Lahore, Karachi
and Islamabad respectively in July and were attended by government and civil society and creative entrepreneurs and representatives from UNESCO. They discussed the state of affairs of Pakistan's culture and creative sectors, made recommendations on policies for the creative sector and for the ratification of the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

 Promoting the Creative Industries in Pakistan for Long Term Development
 Lahore Consultation  Press Release
Press Clippings: Business Recorder | Daily Times | Dawn | The News | Times of Islamabad | Tribune

 Karachi Consultation  Press Release
Press Clippings: Business Recorder | Dawn | The News | Tribune

 Islamabad Consultation  Press Release
Press Clippings: Business Recorder | Dawn | Pak Observer| Tribune | Frontier Post

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development marked at National College of Arts, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi, 31 May 2016:The UNESCO World Cultural Diversity Day was organized at the National College of Arts (NCA) Rawalpindi to particularly address the role of Diverse Groups in Promoting Cultural and Creative Industries. The objective of
the gathering was to increase awareness of stakeholders on the UNESCO 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The event was organized by UNESCO and the National College of Arts with the support of the Danish Center for Culture and Development (CKU) and in collaboration with C2D, Unicorn Black and Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP). Read more...
 Press Release, Video speech transcript
 Press clippings:   Daily Times | Pak Observer | The Nation | Associated Press of Pakistan | Tribune

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...
 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


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