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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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 Press Clippings e Pakistan News | Ary News | Tribune | Dawn| BBC Record | Balochistan Express | App

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.
During the two days seminar, various stakeholders including experts, representatives and officials of PMD, Government of Japan, UNESCO, JICA, JAXA, ICHARM, PCRWR, BMKG, UNSGAB, NDMA, SUPARCO, FFC and Irrigation Departments discussed mechanism to meet the challenges for data, model and forecasting skills for improvement of flood forecasting and early warning system in Pakistan. 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

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.
Officials and representatives of the ministry for science and technology, PSF, UNESCO and representatives from the member states along with Pakistani conservationists, scientists, and environmentalists participated in the meeting. Read more...
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 Press Clipping  Nation | Lahore Times | Business Recorder | App

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.
The theme chosen this year for commemorating the day is "Science for Water Cooperation" that urges sharing of knowledge, data, innovations and approaches to sustainable management of water. Read more...
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 Press Clipping  Tribune

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.
The inauguration was planned to coincide with the visit of Mr. Qian Tang Assistant Director General (Education), UNESCO, Paris. Mr. Tang said, "Museums play an important role for popularization of science and science education, and I believe Pakistan Natural Science History Museum is doing a wonderful job for educating masses here in Pakistan." Read more...
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 Press Clipping  Dawn | Daily Times | Tribune

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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 Press Clipping  Daily Times | The News | Pakistan Today

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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 Press Clipping  The Nation | The News | Pakistan Observer

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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 Press Clipping  Daily Times | The Nation | Tribune

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...

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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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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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

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...

Natural Sciences

In face of the emerging challenges and untapped opportunities, it has become rather crucial to call for a National Commitment, a "New Social Contract" whereby UNESCO pledges to be pro-active rather than reactive to the emerging realities. UNESCO Islamabad envisions being a dynamic partner in Pakistan's ST&I system development by facilitating in the spheres of policy coordination and support, institutional capacity building, and project assistance. To augment its role in forging a well-defined policy roadmap it tends to further its participation at Ministerial level 'federal and particularly provincial' in development of practical, accomplishable action-plans especially in the aftermath of the newly approved S&T policy and the Framework for Economic Growth. At institutional level, it ends to promote the capacity building of public and private enterprises for research and implementation so that programs are not just made but executed. Lastly, at the project level, UNESCO in collaboration with sister agencies is apt to assist critical economic, social and environmental initiatives at the grass root through financial and technical support, to not only enhance the efficiency but to broaden their reach for wider impact. Through such policy-project-partners coherence UNESCO believes in eliciting a multiplier effect for better-life and prosperous future.
Key focus areas of the sector are:
 Promote research and technical capacity-building for the sound management of natural resources for disaster preparedness and mitigation.
 Strengthen national research and innovation systems, capacity-building, the use of technologies and scientific networking.
 Encourage the development and implementation of science, technology and innovation policies for sustainable development and poverty reduction.