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International Call for candidatures (deadline 27 November) - UNESCO renews its 2005 Convention Expert Facility

UNESCO is launching a call for expression of interest for the renewal of its Expert Facility aimed at supporting capacity development initiatives for the implementation and promotion of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Read more...

Improving the Educational Role of Hund, Chitral and Islamabad Museums

The SDC funded UNESCO project aims to enhance the Educational role of Hund, Chitral and Islamabad Museums. These museums are very rich in collection of antiquities and ethnological objects however; offer limited learning experience to the visitors. The project aims to build the capacity of these museums in improving the research, display and interpretation of the object through storytelling and engaging the visitors and schoolchildren in more interactive manner and offer a better learning experience. Another component of the museum focusses on building the capacity of Federal Department of Archaeology and Museums to improve the inventorying and information sharing on the objects lying with DOAM and Islamabad museum. The major deliverables of this component include the developing authentic information on the objects, 3D-documentation and inventorying of the objects, development of web portal and training of DOAM staff in sustaining the process.

Strengthening the Resilience of Kalasha Communities through protecting & Promoting their Cultural Heritage

UNESCO Islamabad, in collaboration with the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has been working on a project aimed at strengthening resilience of Kalasha community in Chitral district through developing and promoting sustainable ecotourism. Kalasha people, inhabiting three beautiful valleys - Bomboret, Rumbur and Brir - have been adversely affected by forced conversions, decreased economic activity and underwhelming disaster risk management policies in the region. The project, currently completing its inception phase, intends to complement community-led capacity-building workshops and trainings with government-supported infrastructural changes that facilitates in regulating tourism and maximizing economic growth through heritage management.

Protection & Promotion of Cultural Heritage of Punjab for sustainable Tourism and Economic Growth

Another project has been signed by UNESCO and the Government of Punjab on the 19th of February, 2018 at Wazir Khan Mosque. With the financial support of the World Bank, under the Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project (PTEGP), UNESCO has signed the component of the "Protection and Promotion of Cultural Heritage of Punjab for Sustainable Tourism and Economic Growth". This Project aims to promote the effective management of tourism to cultural heritage sites of religious interest (Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim) through institutional reform, capacity building, a community-centred approach and developing the culture and creative industries surrounding the sites. The overall goal is to foster tolerance and peace by raising cultural awareness and respect for diversity through community outreach and education. The selected sites include: Mankiala Stupa; Katas Raj Temples; Rohri Sahib; Sacha Sauda sahib; Darbar sahib; Uch Sharif Monument Complex; Lahore Museum and Taxila Museum.

UNESCO signs landmark USD 2.8 million project with the Government of Punjab

A project has been signed by UNESCO and the Government of Punjab on the 19th of February, 2018 at Wazir Khan Mosque. With the financial support of the World Bank, under the Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project (PTEGP), UNESCO has signed the component of the "Protection and Promotion of Cultural Heritage of Punjab for Sustainable Tourism and Economic Growth". Read more...

Open Call: Expert training on the implementation of the 2005 Convention in Asia-Pacific (Deadline: 5 March)

UNESCO is launching a call for expression of interest to solicit specialists from the Asia-Pacific region to join the community of practice on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Targeting mid-career experts, UNESCO will organize a 5-day training in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 11 to 15 June 2018, with the support of the Korean Government. Its aim will be to share knowledge on the Convention, raise awareness about opportunities from ratifying and implementing the Convention, facilitate networking, encourage future cooperation with UNESCO. Its long-term objective is to bring together a new generation of specialists from the Asia-Pacific region that can potentially, in future, become part of the Convention's international Expert Facility and support the implementation UNESCO's research, capacity development and technical assistance programmes. Read more...
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