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Literacy is integral to achieving all development goals

Can you imagine looking at this article and not being able to read it? For those of us who learned to read and write at an early age, reading and writing are very much a part of our daily lives. However, for 53 percent of Pakistani women and 28 percent of Pakistani men over the age of 15 (UNESCO projections for 2015), information that we take for granted is not readily accessible.

Every year on 8 September International Literacy Day is observed throughout the world. Two of the Education for All (EFA) goals adopted in 2000 and to be achieved by 2015, focus on literacy. Goal 4includes "Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women" and Goal 6 has to do with quality of education and achievement of measurable learning outcomes, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills. Read more...
 DG Message on International Literacy Day
 Infographic 2014

United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security project launched for the conflict stricken area of D.I.Khan

Islamabad - 29 May 2014: To improve human security by fostering peace and multi-sectoral development initiatives, UNESCO Islamabad launched the Trust Fund for Human Security (TFHS) Project in Islamabad.
The initiative is part of the One UN Programme II (2013-2017) for Pakistan. The project will be implemented over a period of two years with cost of USD 2.1 million in Union Council Musazai Sharif of D.I.Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Read more...

Farewell reception function held for UNESCO's Country Director

Islamabad - 2 June 2014: UNESCO Islamabad and the Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, hosted separate farewell receptions in the honor of departing Country Director/Representative for UNESCO Islamabad, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata.
An official reception was organized by UNESCO Islamabad at Serena Hotel and was attended by representatives of the United Nations, civil society organizations, donor's agencies and foreign missions, and Government Officials. The participants lauded the efforts of Dr. Nagata during her over three year stay in Pakistan as Director UNESCO. Read more...

National Forum on Education and Disability under UNESCO's Global Action Week on Education for All held in Islamabad

Islamabad - 7 May 2014: UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with UNICEF organized a National Forum on EFA at Hotel Marriott, Islamabad. This forum aimed at advocating for EFA by stimulating a debate on Article 25-A of the Constitution and
education sector financing in Pakistan. The event was attended by representative of Government entities, parliamentarians, researchers, civil society organizations, academia and educational institutions. Read more...
 Video message of Director-General UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova
 Press Release
 Press Clipping   Daily Times | Pakistan Today | Tribune | Mashaal Radio Report
 Advocacy Walk on Education for All - Education and Disability
 Advocacy Campaign on Power Radio FM-99

World Press Freedom Day Celebrations, 3 May 2014

Islamabad, 03 May 2014: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an event to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day at Islamabad. This year the main theme of the World Press Freedom
Day was Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda with the sub theme "Rule of Law to Ensure Safety of Journalists and Combating Impunity". Read more...
 Press Release
 UNESCO, UNIC and RIPHAH International University celebrated World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad
 Joint Message from Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
 DG UNESCO video message on World Press Freedom Day 2014
 Power Radio FM 99 Report
 Press Clippings  Daily Times | The Nation | The News | Tribune | Voice of America & Secretary Interview | The Hindu

Director General UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova paid two day state guest visit to Pakistan

Islamabad - 11 February 2014: UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova who arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday, February 5th 2014 as a state guest concluded her visit on February 7th. Upon her arrival she was received by Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar,
State Minister Health, Mr. Khalid Hanif, Additional Secretary at Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Country Director UNESCO Islamabad and other key officials and staff. Read more...
 President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan to Director General UNESCO
 UNESCO and Pakistan's Education Ministry launches Malala Funds-in-Trust
 Exclusive interview on PTV News and PTV World
 DG UNESCO met senior officials and representatives of the government, UN, civil society organizations in Islamabad
 Ms. Irina Bokova lauded efforts for the preservation, protection and promotion of natural heritages of Pakistan
 Press Releases
 President conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan to UNESCO's DG
 Malala Funds launched in-Trust for Girls' Education
 DG visits Taxila, Pakistan World Heritage Site and Lok Virsa
 Press Clipping PTV News
 DG Interview with Radio Pakistan

UNESCO lauds effort for achieving MDGs

Islamabad - 29 January 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang-Jo Kim appreciated Pakistan efforts towards achieving Millennium Development Goals. He was addressing on the occasion of the regional launch event of
the 11th Education for All Global Monitoring Report this year, Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all, held in Islamabad. The event was attended by ministers and officials of the government of Pakistan, Afghanistan and other delegates and teachers from India, Bangladesh and representatives of the United Nations in Pakistan, civil society organizations, media and representatives of UNESCO.
 Press Release
 GMR Complete Report | GMR Summary Report
 Press Clippings  Business Recorder | Daily Times | Pakistan Today   Dawn | Radio Pakistan | The Nation | Tribune
 Panel Discussion on GMR with UNESCO Regional and Country Director at Diplomatic Enclave on PTV World English

Four day visit of Regional Director UNESCO to Pakistan

Islamabad - 1st February 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang- Jo Kim's four day mission to Pakistan concluded on Friday. During his visit, Gwang-Jo Kim met important government and
UN officials, and attended several events and programmes.
 UNESCO lauds effort for achieving MDGs
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 UNESCO support government initiatives for protection and promotion of
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