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
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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