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Sahafi Summit held in Karachi to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2019

Karachi, 3 May 2019: The first-of-its-kind national journalists' convention brought together nearly 100 journalists working in print, digital, and broadcast media from all over Pakistan.

The first--ver Sahafi Summit was co-organized by Digital Journalists of Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ)-IBA in partnership with UNESCO Pakistan, the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Sweden in Pakistan, and the DW Akademie in Karachi on 02-03 May 2019. Read more...

National Commission for Human Rights nominates focal persons for collecting data and reporting crimes against journalists

Islamabad, 25 April 2019: The National Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique has announced the nomination of focal persons in all provincial and federal police departments to collect data on crimes against Journalists. Mr. Shafique was speaking at the closing ceremony of a workshop with duty bearers on promoting safety of journalists. He shared that official notifications had been issued in this regard. NCHR will also be initiating the process of establishing federal and provincial level working group on freedom of expression and safety of journalist. Read more...

A platform for youth and young professionals in Science Engineering Technology and Innovation (SETI) for DRR launched

Karachi, 21 February 2019: UNESCO in collaboration with NED University of Engineering and Technology launched U-INSPIRE Pakistan at the gala dinner of first South Asia Earthquake Engineering Conference. Under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), UNESCO initiated to work with youth and young professionals in Science Engineering Technology and Innovation (SETI) for DRR along with then many work related to empowering youth. In 2018, UNESCO, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Global Science and Technology Advisory Board UNISDR, facilitated the establishment of the platform called U-INSPIRE (Youth and Young Professionals on Innovation, Science, and Technology Platform for Resiliency); UNESCO expected this initiative to be replicated in the region. Read more...

A National Dialogue on women in science brings together stakeholders to promote women and girls participation in science

Lahore, 12 February 2019: UNESCO in partnership with UNWOMEN, Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) organized "National Dialogue on Women in Science" on 11 - 12 February 2019 in LCWU Campus, Lahore, Pakistan. The event was inaugurated on 11 February 2019 that is International Day for Women and Girls in Science. The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring this day, to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Read more...

Launching of the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2019

November 22, 2018 - Islamabad: Following the global launch on 20th November 2018 in Germany, the 2019 GEM Report was launched in Islamabad on 22 November 2018 at Serena Hotel Islamabad. UNESCO Islamabad Office in collaboration with UNHCR hosted the launching ceremony, which was well attended by a wide range of stakeholders from education sector, development partners, media and civil society organisations. The theme of this year's GEM report is "Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges, not walls". Read more...
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Interview on "Why contextualization is critical for Global Citizenship Education" under UNESCO APCEIU "meet the Global citizens" series

Girls' Right to Education Programme

UNESCO Islamabad office has been working on promotion of Girls' Education in most marginalized areas of Pakistan through its multi-year flagship programme titled, "Girls' Right to Education Programme in Pakistan (GREP)". Funded by multiple donors including the Government of Pakistan, the programme aims at improving access to, retention and quality of girls' primary education in most marginalized areas of Pakistan. For further update, refer to the following links.

 Programme at a glance
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 Programme testimonials
 Truck Art - An Instrument of Advocacy

Good Laws and Practices for Open Societies: Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information

To mark the third international Day for Universal Access to Information, UNESCO jointly with the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Sweden organized the IPDC talks in Islamabad on
September 27, 2018. The event engaged 115 participants from different walks of life. The event included talks and panel discussions on roles of free media, duty bearers and right holders in promoting access to information. 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.

Discharge and Sediment transport assessment on Barito River, Banjarmasin, Indonesia by river engineers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Indonesia

24-27 July 2018: As a response to the 2010 devastating floods in Pakistan, UNESCO in cooperation with the Government of Japan has started a major project, "Strategic strengthening of flood Warning & Management Capacity of Pakistan" from July 2011 to September 2014 for improving the flood forecasting and early warning system of the country. Read more...

Training Workshop on "Flood Management through Flood Early Warning and Forecasting System"

Islamabad 26-28 June 2018: UNESCO and Centre for Disaster Preparedness Management (CDPM) jointly organized a three-day training workshop on "Flood Management through Flood Early Warning and Forecasting System" under UNESCO's "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan-phase-II" Project launched in March 2015 in cooperation with the Government of Japan.

DRR experts from NDMA, NIDM, PCRWR, Academia, Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities of AJK, FATA, Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces attended the training workshop. Read more...

UNESCO Builds Human Resource Capacity on Flood Management

Islamabad 2-4 May 2018: A three-day training workshop on "Flood Management through Flood Early Warning and Forecasting System" was jointly organized by UNESCO and Centre for Disaster Preparedness Management (CDPM). The workshop was part of UNESCO's "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan-phase-II" Project which was launched in March 2015 in cooperation with the Government of Japan. Read more...

Press Freedom and trustworthy information keeps power in check and preserves democratic processes

Islamabad 3 May 2018: To mark the 2018 World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO Pakistan jointly with the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Sweden organized the World Press Freedom Day celebration in Islamabad.

The event engaged 70 participants including university students, journalists and media workers, civil society organizations, government officials, UN counterparts and representatives of international community in a discussion on importance of a free and independent media. The main segment of the event were debates held on subthemes of online speech regulation and the role of social media in the times of elections. Read more...

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