UNESCO Office in Islamabad


UN Day celebration at Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi 24 October 2017: A group of female ambassadors, heads of cooperation agencies and heads of UN agencies working in Pakistan joined hands with Fatima Jinnah Women University to mark the UN day. More than 100 students from different departments of the university got a chance to interact with the speakers in small groups, listen to their career experiences, ask questions and be inspired. Students from each group reiterated challenges are everywhere, but women can do whatever they want to do, they need commitment and strong will to continue towards their goal and importantly women need to support each other to overcome shared challenges and move forward. Read more...

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

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.

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UNESCO and Disaster risk reduction

Working alone or in collaboration with both UN Agencies and other scientific entities, UNESCO has been a catalyst for international, inter-disciplinary cooperation in many aspects of disaster risk reduction.
By operating at the interface between natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication, UNESCO plays a vital role in constructing a global culture of resilient communities. Read more...

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

President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan to Director General UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova