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UNESCO is assisting the Government of Pakistan to develop reliable flood early warning system of Pakistan

Islamabad - 21 December 2015: A two-day international workshop titled 'Meaning and Characterizing River Morphology for Hindcasting and Forecasting River Responses to Major Floods' was jointly organized by UNESCO, PCRWR and PMD aimed at setting up a common understanding and direction for river modelling data requirements, from acquisition and measurement methods to effective use in river floods simulations which will be extended from Indus IFAS system to the tributary rivers of the Indus i.e. Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej. This international workshop is part of phase-II of UNESCO's "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan" Project, which was launched in March 2015, worth USD 4.05 million. Read more...

Pakistan to lead Accreditation of Engineering Qualifications through FEIAP

Islamabad - 17 December 2015: A meeting was held at Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) to proclaim Pakistan's Membership in FEIAP and to explore the prospects of Central Asian and African countries to adopt FEIAP engineering qualification standards under UNESCO-FEIAP partnership. Meeting was attended by UNESCO Regional Director for Science, Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Chairman PEC, Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi, President ECO Science Foundation, Dr. Manzoor Soomro and Honorable Ambassador of Tajikistan, H.E. Sherali Jononov. Wide segment of media was also present at the meeting and meeting was followed by a press briefing. Read more...

3rd Meeting of National MAB Committee of Pakistan

Islamabad - 10 December 2015: UNESCO Islamabad and Pakistan Science Foundation/ National MAB Secretariat jointly organized 3rd Meeting of National MAB Committee of Pakistan at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Head Quarters. The meeting was chaired by
Mr. Fazal Abbas Mekan, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST)/ Chairman National MAB Committee-Pakistan, and attended by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF/ Co-Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro, President of ECO Science Foundation and Ms. Vibeke Jensen , Representative of UNESCO in Pakistan, as well as MAB National Committee members representing Forest and Wildlife Departments of all the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Ministry of Climate Change, MoST, UNESCO, PMNH, IUCN and WWF-Pakistan and Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO were also present at the meeting. Read more...

International Conference "Step towards Tsunami Resilience"

Karachi - 28 November 2015: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Islamabad and Jakarta, NED University of Engineering and Technology (NED-UET) and OXFAM Pakistan, joined hands together, to commemorate 70 years of 1945 Markran Tsunami, to raise awareness among the public regarding natural disasters and their preparedness, with specific reference to Tsunami hazards. Read more...
 Karachi Declaration on Tsunami Resilience Initiatives

Post audit of flood forecasting models (Phase-I) and charting of future collaborations (Phase-II)

Jakarta 20-21 November 2015: The two-day international partners technical meeting on "Post audit of flood forecasting models (Phase-I) and charting of future collaborations (Phase-II)" organized by UNESCO Jakarta at GrandKemang Hotel Jakarta, aimed to post audit of flood forecasting models (IFAS & RRI), coordinate and schedule phase II outputs, events and workshop between all implementing partners and UNESCO.. Read more...

UNESCO, Pakistan Science Foundation and ECO Science Foundation commemorate the World Science Day under the theme 'Science for a Sustainable Development'

Islamabad - 11 November 2015: UNESCO Islamabad together with Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) jointly organized an event on the occasion of World Science Day 2015 at the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) headquarters in Islamabad. The theme for this years' was 'Science for a Sustainable Development'. The meeting aimed to create awareness on the importance of WSD and to encourage students towards scientific education and research and to provide them with a platform to share ideas between the scientists and students. Read more...
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Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity Of Pakistan - Phase II

Lahore - 6/7 August 2015: Under the project, "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan", International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO and
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has developed a model "Indus IFAS" and installed at FFD Lahore for operation in 2014. However, after 2014 floods in the Eastern rivers and in order to improve Indus-IFAS, there was a dire need to extend the Indus IFAS system to the tributary rivers of the Indus i.e. Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej. Read more...

UNESCO organizes a training workshop on Man and Biosphere Programme

Kabul - 7 June 2015: UNESCO Offices in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in partnership with the National Environmental Protection Agency of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ECO Science Foundation, IUCN Pakistan and the National MAB
Committee of Pakistan, held a training workshop with the Afghan National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) on the UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Programme in Kabul. Read more...

Meeting of Pakistan National Committee on International Hydrological Program (PNC-IHP) of UNESCO

Islamabad - 7 May 2015: The Pakistan National Committee meeting was held in Islamabad on May 07, 2015 at Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Islamabad with the objectives to reconstitute PNC-IHP due
to change in hierarchy Federal and Provincial departments, revision of TORs, guidelines for establishment of Integrated Water Management Centre in Pakistan under auspices of UNESCO and proposal for reactivation of PNC-IHP. Read more...

MasterClass on Community-Based Flood Management

Islamabad - 7 May 2015: More than 170 participants from higher education institutions across Asia-Pacific participated in an interactive e-learning 'MasterClass' on Community-Based Flood Management, jointly hosted by UNESCO and
the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad, Pakistan. The three-hour event featured lectures lived-streamed from Islamabad by Dr. Hamza Farooq Gabriel, Dr. Kamran Akhtar and S. Muhammad Jamil from NUST, and from Jakarta by Prof. Shahbaz Khan of UNESCO, and a question and answer session with students and faculty from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), the University of Indonesia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Keio University. Read more...

Planning Meeting for the Project "Extending Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan and Indus River Basin countries"

Islamabad - 4/5 May 2015: Two-day meeting was held in Islamabad between UNESCO and implementing partners in Pakistan to plan the implementation of the Government of Japan funded project 'Extending Flood
Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan and Indus River Basin countries'. Senior officials from Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Peshawar University, University of Punjab, National University of Science and Technology (NUST) attend the meeting. Read more...

World Water Day 2015

Islamabad - 24 March 2015: To mark the World Water Day 2015, UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms and in coordination with the World Youth Parliament of Water (WYPW), Pakistan
Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), UNICEF, FAO-UN, UN-HABITAT, Plan International, Muslim Aid, Helping Hand for Relief and Development, GLOF Pakistan, UNDP, RSPN, ICARDA, Riphah University and WaterAid organized a conference with this year's global theme, "Water and Sustainable Development - Role of Youth for Sustainable Water Resource Management". Read more...
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Government of Japan and UNESCO signed an agreement of $ 4.05 million for strengthening flood warning system in Pakistan

Islamabad - 10 March 2015: To further improve the flood warning and management capacity of the Government of Pakistan, the Government of Japan and UNESCO agreed to implement second phase of the flood warning system in
Pakistan. The project signing ceremony was held in Islamabad and was attended by H.E. Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Takashi Katae, Charges d'Affaires ad interim of Japan to Pakistan and Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of JICA Pakistan Office along with Representative/ Director of UNESCO Islamabad, Ms. Vibeke Jensen. Read more...
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Experts call for devising effective strategies and roadmap for engineering qualification standardization in Pakistan and the Asia-Pacific Region

Islamabad - 10 January 2015: UNESCO Islamabad and Jakarta Offices organized a national dialogue and international meeting aimed at Developing a Roadmap on Engineering Qualification Standardization. The two day event was organized
in Islamabad in partnership with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), the International Science, Technology and Innovation Center for South-South Cooperation, under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) and Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF). Read more...
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UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation organized Sixth SACAM Network Meeting in Islamabad

Islamabad - 5 December 2014: UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) organized, sixth meeting of the South and Central Asia Man and Biosphere Network (SACAM) on Impact of Climate Change on Natural
Ecosystems.
The meeting aimed at enhancing the sharing of knowledge sharing and best practices to address issues related to the impact of climate change on weather, economies, agriculture, wetlands, biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems. Read more...
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Improved disaster reporting and a flood vigilant community role critical to enhance efforts for flood mitigation in Pakistan

Islamabad - 25 September 2014: To strengthen and enhance the capacity of communities residing in the flood prone areas in the time of disasters and media in disaster reporting, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), organized a two day international workshop on capacity building of community elders and media towards flood vigilance and disaster reporting in NUST, Islamabad. Read more...
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Multi-national workshop for unraveling the 1945 Makran Tusunmai event concluded in Islamabad

Islamabad - 18 June 2014: To enhance understanding of tsunami generation, propagation and inundation, a five day workshop held in Islamabad for unraveling the chain of events of the 1945 Makran Tsunami event from 26 May, 2014 till 30 May, 2014. The workshop was held with close coordination of UNESCO Islamabad Office, UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and United States Geological Survey (USGS). Key aspect of the workshop was collection of the historical evidences and eye witness accounts of the 1945 Markran Tsunami in Pakistan, India, Iran and Oman by an international, Pakistani led team of experts. Read more...

UNESCO's Director paid visit to the Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore

Lahore - 10 April 2014: As part of the official mission, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Country Director/ Representative, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata paid special visit to the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD),
Lahore. During the visit, she called upon Muhammad Riaz, Chief Meteorologist (FFD) Lahore who briefed her on the progress made on the Flood Project with support of UNESCO. Read more...
 Director UNESCO Islamabad Interview with Flood Forecasting Division

International Workshop on "Safe, Connected Communities against Floods through RS & GIS Tools"

Islamabad - 13 March 2014: To strengthen and enhance the institutional and management capacity of Pakistan national institutes in flood early warning and flood hazard mapping, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), organized a four-day international training and workshop on Safe, Connected Communities against Floods through RS and GIS Tools in Islamabad. Read more...
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Ziarat Juniper Forest declared Biosphere Reserve

Believed to be the second largest Juniper forest of its kind in the world, Juniper Forest of Ziarat in Balochistan- has been declared Biosphere Reserve by International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and Biosphere (MAB)
Programme. Juniper tree species of Ziarat have a global significance because of their old age and slow growth rate. The species find their place in the list of the oldest living trees on earth. The MAB Programme promotes interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building with an aim to highlight ecological, social and economic costs of biodiversity loss, and proposes ways to reduce it. The WNBR currently counts 610 biosphere reserves in 117 countries world-wide.
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5th meeting of SACAM network held in Islamabad

Islamabad, 27 November 2013: UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) jointly organized, the 5th meeting of the South and Central Asia MAB Network (SACAM) in Islamabad. Read more...
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UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation commemorate the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2013

Islamabad, 21 November 2013: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) host an event at the International Islamic University Islamabad to mark this year's World
Science Day for Peace and Development. Students and teachers of International Islamic University, Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology and representatives of PSF and UNESCO participated in the event. Read more...
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Dr. Qian Tang inaugurates largest found whale shark specimen in Islamabad

Islamabad - 23 July 2013: UNESCO with its partner Pakistan Science Foundation inaugurated one of the largest found whale shark specimen at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), today. The specimen believed to be unique due
to its size in world, is 40 feet long, weighs 16 tonnes and is the biggest specimen of fish ever recorded in the history. Read more...
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UNESCO Launches International Conference on Flood Management Systems

Two-days International Conference on 'Regulation of Hydraulic Structures for Flood Management' was organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Islamabad with Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP)
and Planning Commission of Pakistan on 28th and 29th of June 2013. Read more...
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Launching of Audio Tour Guide for Exhibits in Pakistan Museum of Natural History

Islamabad - 13 March 2013: As part of continued support to Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), UNESCO Islamabad handed over the audio tour guide to the Museum. This facility would serve to enhance the accessibility of scientific information and knowledge

for the visitors, especially for touring school students and kids. At the beginning, the commentary played through these devices would be in Urdu and English but later on regional languages would be introduced for the benefit of visitors from different regions. Read more...

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World Environment Day 2013

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Ministry of Climate Change and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrated World Environment Day on Wednesday, June 5. The event was organized
in collaboration with Pakistan Science Foundation, UNESCO, WWF-Pakistan, and Pakistan Water Partnership as well as other national and international organizations). Read more...
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UNESCO and PMD organized two days International Seminar on "Reliable Flood Forecasting" in Lahore

Lahore, 18 December 2013: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has organized two days International seminar on Reliable Flood Forecasting at the Avari
hotel in Lahore.Read more...
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UNESCO Promotes Knowledge Through Science Fair

Islamabad - 27 March 2013: A 4-day Pak-China Business Forum 2013 was organized in the capital by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) from 23rd to 26th March 2013. UNESCO Islamabad,
as the lead UN agency responsible to advocate and promote scientific knowledge and innovations, took part in the event mainly to exhibit and present its key contributions to the field of science and technology in Pakistan. Read more...

Pakistan Integrated Flood Management Information System

In the aftermath of 2010 floods, UNESCO in cooperation with the government of Japan, initiated a major project "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan" for upgrading the early warning system, flood forecasting capacity and the risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River. Read more...

 Pakistan Integrated Flood Management System

UNESCO Celebrates World Water Day 2013

Wah - 22 March 2013: On the occasion of World Water Day, UNESCO organized an event at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology with the theme of "Water Cooperation". The event was organized to
sensitize students about the importance of conservation and efficient use of water resources. Director UNESCO, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata in her speech said that the availability of water resources have gained paramount importance for the fulfillment of basic human needs, environmental protection, economic prosperity and poverty reduction. Read more...
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UNESCO supports the introduction of Virtual Orientation Gallery in the website of Pakistan Museum of Natural History

UNESCO is supporting Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) to adopt new technologies for the enhanced experience of visitors to the Museum. The Virtual Orientation Gallery (VOG) is one of the achievements in this direction.
The VOG project is the latest addition to the website of Pakistan Museum of Natural History and is in line with the national priorities and the government's conservation strategies of Pakistan's biodiversity. VOG aims at providing an electronically based interactive information tool to students and general public on Pakistan's natural resources such as flora and fauna, minerals and fossils. VOG complements the existing information and awareness related activities and features of PMNH including dioramas in various galleries, film shows, posters, brochures, workshops, seminars and lectures.

Detail of the PMNH can be accessed from the following link:
 Pakistan Museum of Natural History

Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim Visit to the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH)

Islamabad - 29 March 2012: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and its subsidiary organization Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) are key partners with UNESCO. Dr. Kim, Director UNESCO Regional Office Bangkok visited Pakistan
Museum of Natural History to explore possibilities of cooperation and partnership. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto - Member Science and Mr. Azher, DG PMNH received Dr. Kim. DG PMNH gave presentation on the functionings and achievement of the museum. Read more...

International Workshop on Accuracy and Reliability of Flood Forecasting Models by Use of Remote Sensing Techniques

A two days workshop on "Accuracy and Reliability of Flood Forecasting Models by Use of Remote Sensing Techniques", was jointly organized by the Pakistan Meteorological Department and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on
17-18 July, 2012 under the "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning & Management Capacity of Pakistan" project which is funded by the Government of Japan. This workshop included international participants from Australia, France, Japan and Taiwan as well as from the relevant organizations in Pakistan. Read more...

Seminar on Water Conservation & Food Security

A Seminar on Water Conservation and Food security was jointly organized by UNESCO Islamabad and COMSATS on March 22, 2012. The objective of the seminar was to raise awareness among the academics and student community about the
scarcity of potable water and the issue of food security that is intricately tied to the availability of water. The seminar was hosted by Dean of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) and attended by Director UNESCO Islamabad, representatives of UNDP Islamabad, Advisors, Chairpersons, Professors and students of Islamabad campus. Read more...

International Training Workshop

After 2010 and 2011 floods in Pakistan all the stakeholders agreed that there is a need to review flood management procedures because in wake of global climatic changes we should update and synergies these procedures for loss minimization. In cooperation
with the Government of Japan, UNESCO started to facilitate the endeavor through, by upgrading the flood forecasting & early warning systems and risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River. Read more...

Strengthening of Flood Early Warning System in Pakistan

The signing ceremony of "Strengthening of Flood Early Warning System in Pakistan" project was held on July 12, 2011 at Serena Hotel Islamabad. The official notes for this project were signed and exchanged between Japanese
Ambassador to Pakistan, Hiroshi Oe, and Representative of the UNESCO in Pakistan, Dr Kozue Kay Nagata. Read more...

Strengthening Science and Higher Education Base for Capacity Building and Managing Hydrohazards in Pakistan

UNESCO organized a seminar on "Strengthening Science and Higher Education Base for Capacity Building and Managing Hydrohazards in Pakistan", in collaboration with National University of Science and
Technology (NUST) and International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) Japan on July 12, 2011 at Marriott Hotel, Islamabad. This was a multi-sectoral effort between Education and Natural Sciences sections of UNESCO Islamabad. Read more...

World Science Day 2012 Celebrated in Pakistan

Islamabad - 14 November 2012: UNESCO celebrated the World Science Day 2012 at COMSTECH in the presence of eminent scientists, researchers, educationists, policy makers and students. An impressive event was organized with the theme "Science for Global Sustainability Interconnectedness, Collaboration, and Transformation", in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), and Pakistan Science Foundation.

On the occasion, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director UNESCO Islamabad said that "For a sustainable future, we must have to build inclusive and equitable knowledge societies". Read more...
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