UNESCO Office in Islamabad


Orange Day in Islamabad

24 November 2016: The UNITE to End Violence against Women campaign, an initiative of the UN Secretary General, is celebrated on the 25th of each and every month. Orange Day, as it is called, is a day of awareness raising and of action to end violence against women and girls. UNESCO Islamabad joined other field offices and colleagues in the UN to celebrate Orange Day. Dressed in their bright orange attires, and in their own style, UNESCO staff came out to partake in the events and to show their solidarity with the campaign.

Gender equality and women empowerment are two key priorities of the newly adopted SDGs. Goal 16, for example, is dedicated to the promotion of just, peaceful and inclusive societies. You will recall that one of the global priorities of UNESCO is gender equality; the empowerment of women and girls, is therefore well established in our programme and mandate. Rather than a photo opportunity, Orange Day is therefore a significant event and milestone to check on our own progress and to reflect on our results and lessons learned.

International Day for Tolerance 16th November 2016: Cherishing Diversity

Mr. Neil Buhne, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan
When Pakistan was created, Muhammad Ali Jinnah envisioned a state that would be a home to all people, irrespective of their race, religion, or cast. He said, "You may belong to any religion, caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the state". When the UN was created, among the first words in the charter were that, people of the UN were "to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours". Mr. Jinnah and the founders of the UN recognized that a tolerant society is an important pre-condition for human development in a society. Since the 1940's both in Pakistan, and the world, tolerance of others has grown - but sadly progress has been inconsistent whether in terms of attacks on cultural heritage, such as at Bamian, in Afghanistan, or on religious tolerance as shown most recently and horribly in the 14 November attack on hundreds at the Shah Noorani Shrine. Read more...
 Cherishing Diversity, The Nation

UNESCO Consultation on Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia achieved significant recommendations for Pakistan

8 October 2016: UNESCO in collaboration with Uks organised a National Consultation to refine and validate the Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia, developed earlier this year in a Regional Consultation,
and to propose an action plan for the next steps to be taken. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press clippings:   The News | Tribune

UNESCO Pakistan launches the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report

UNESCO Pakistan in collaboration with UNICEF and other UN partners in Islamabad unveiled the 2016 GEM Report, entitled "Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Future for All". The national launching ceremony is followed by the global launch on 6 September 2016 at UNESCO HQ in Paris.

The 2016 GEM Report was formally presented by UNESCO Representative to Pakistan, Ms. Vibeke Jensen to Mr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training. Ms. Angela Kearney, UNICEF Representative to Pakistan and Ms. Razina Alam Khan, Chairperson, National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) were also present at the presentation ceremony. A large audience including officials of the government of Pakistan and representatives from government, development partners, civil society, academia and media also attended the launching ceremony. Read more...

For further details: Event pictures, Press Release

 GEM Complete Report
 Summary Report En | Ur
 Press clippings:   The Nation | The News | Daily Times | Daily Express | Associated Press of Pakistan | Press Information Department | TVI

Kalash Photo Exhibition

Islamabad, 27 September 2016: UNESCO Pakistan and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in collaboration with Satrang Art Gallery, Serena Hotel Islamabad, launched a selection of ethnographic photos of the Kalash community.
The exhibition titled, "Faces of the Kalash" showcased a number of photos from 1929 Georg Morgenstierne's field-work who was a Norwegian linguistic professor at that time and extensively documented the culture of the Kalash. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press clippings:   Associated Press of Pakistan | Daily Times | Dawn | Pakistan Point | Pakistan Observer | The Nation

Pakistan among UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards winners

September 2016: Shahi Hammam, a unique 17th-century Mughal public bathhouse received UNESCO's 2016 Award Merit for being restored with a high degree of technical proficiency by Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan in collaboration
with Walled City Authority Lahore.
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation were established in 2000 to recognize and encourage private efforts and public-private initiatives in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the region. Read more...
 Press clippings:   Daily Times | Tribune

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development marked at National College of Arts, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi, 31 May 2016:The UNESCO World Cultural Diversity Day was organized at the National College of Arts (NCA) Rawalpindi to particularly address the role of Diverse Groups in Promoting Cultural and Creative Industries. The objective of
the gathering was to increase awareness of stakeholders on the UNESCO 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The event was organized by UNESCO and the National College of Arts with the support of the Danish Center for Culture and Development (CKU) and in collaboration with C2D, Unicorn Black and Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP). Read more...
 Press Release, Video speech transcript
 Press clippings:   Daily Times | Pak Observer | The Nation | Associated Press of Pakistan | Tribune

Government urged to accelerate efforts for effective and appropriate legislations on Right to Information and Journalists' Safety in Pakistan

Islamabad - 3 May 2016: Participants requested the government to accelerate the adoption of the Right to Information and Journalists' Safety legislations in Pakistan. These demands came up through the concluding session of the World Press Freedom Day
event held on 3 May in Islamabad which was organized by UNESCO Pakistan together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Media Matters for Democracy, and Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives. Read more...
 Press Release, Concept note, Twitter - Mentions
 Press clippings:   The News | Samaa | Nation | Dawn | Tele-Visual infolink | Dynamic News
 UNESCO organizes event on World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad

UNESCO is promoting international cooperation on management of transboundary floods

Lahore 19-20 April 2016: A two-day international workshop titled 'Standardizing Flood Forecasting and Warning Approaches in Transboundary Catchments' was jointly organized by UNESCO and PMD aimed at standardizing procedures
for Transboundary Rivers in the context of flood forecasting. 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. The phase-I of the project was launched in July 2011 and completed in 2014 in a bit to respond to the 2010 devastated flood in cooperation with the Government of Japan. Read more...

Sustainable Development Goal-4

UNESCO, UNICEF, Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training, Provincial Ministries of Education launched successful consultations.

Four consultations were held in four cities in Pakistan (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar) within the framework of the global SDG-4 and its targets which aim at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. The workshops were drawn upon the Framework For Action (FFA) Education 2030 adopted in November 2015 by UNESCO Member States that aims at supporting all countries to realize their own vision and ambitions for education. Read more...

World Radio Day 2016: Radio in times of emergency and disaster

UNESCO Islamabad joined hands with Pakistan radio broadcasting and media organizations to mark the fifth edition of the World Radio Day.
Islamabad, 11 February 2016: Workshop on Radio Saves Lives

UNESCO Islamabad together with the UN Information Center (UNIC) and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) commemorated the World Radio Day 2016 under the sub theme, "Radio Save Lives", in Islamabad.

More than 130 reporters and producers from the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, radio experts, and representatives from the United Nations System in Pakistan highlighted the work of the UN system as well as the importance of radio in times of emergency and disaster situation. Read more...

For further details: Event pictures, Press clipping

 Radio Talk Show: FM 100 Islamabad
 Commemoration of World Radio Day 2016 at Lahore Press Club
 UNESCO Islamabad join hands with Radio Tribal News Network for broadcasting special report on World Radio Day 2016
 UNESCO and UNWOMEN in collaboration with Radio Pakistan Quetta organized radio talk show to mark the World Radio Day 2016 in Balochistan

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