UNESCO signs landmark USD 2.8 million project with the Government of Punjab

A project has been signed by UNESCO and the Government of Punjab on the 19th of February, 2018 at Wazir Khan Mosque. With the financial support of the World Bank, under the Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project (PTEGP), UNESCO has signed the component of the "Protection and Promotion of Cultural Heritage of Punjab for Sustainable Tourism and Economic Growth". Read more...

Open Call: Expert training on the implementation of the 2005 Convention in Asia-Pacific (Deadline: 5 March)

UNESCO is launching a call for expression of interest to solicit specialists from the Asia-Pacific region to join the community of practice on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Targeting mid-career experts, UNESCO will organize a 5-day training in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 11 to 15 June 2018, with the support of the Korean Government. Its aim will be to share knowledge on the Convention, raise awareness about opportunities from ratifying and implementing the Convention, facilitate networking, encourage future cooperation with UNESCO. Its long-term objective is to bring together a new generation of specialists from the Asia-Pacific region that can potentially, in future, become part of the Convention's international Expert Facility and support the implementation UNESCO's research, capacity development and technical assistance programmes. Read more...

UNESCO holds Workshop in Kalash Valley to link local crafts women with markets

Chitral, 23 September 2017: UNESCO held a workshop in Chitral, titled "Crafty Creations: Linkages to Empower Kalasha Women". This workshop concluded the Australian-funded project, "Socio Economic Empowerment of Kalash Women through
Making of Traditional Products using Contemporary Approach".

Kalasha women were traditionally in possession of numerous craft skills, not the least of which include weaving and embroidery skills-that their colorful dresses are an example of. In recent years, the quantity and quality of craft work has been deteriorating, due to poverty constraints, as well as lack of access to markets. Read more...

UNESCO Islamabad Workshop on the Documentation and Inventorying of the Collections at Taxila Museum

Taxila, 20-22 April 2017: UNESCO Islamabad conducted a comprehensive three day workshop on the Documentation and Inventorying of the Collections at Taxila Museum. The project, funded by the Swiss
Development Cooperation, aimed at enhancing the primary functions of Taxila Museum with a particular focus on upgrading the current collections inventorying methods at the Museum onto a digital database. Read more...

Multi-stakeholder meetings on the UNESCO 2005 convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Culture Expressions

This video presents the highlights of the UNESCO project entitled "Promoting the Right to Arts and Culture for Sustainable Development through the 2005 UNESCO's Convention for the Protection & Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions" which has been funded by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) under the program "Promoting the Right to Arts and Culture". This program was implemented in Pakistan from June 2015 to December 2016 across various cities. CKU's support actively contributes to ensuring the access and participation of women, youth and marginalized groups in cultural activities, particularly those that have the potential to create sustainable employment and economic development. Read more...

Countrywide workshops in Pakistan - participatory policy making for the creative sector & UNESCO's 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The countrywide workshops between 17 and 24 November will bring together government representatives, creative professionals, academics, as well as representatives from civil society organizations to discuss the growing importance of the creative economy in Pakistan. It will be a platform to listen to creative entrepreneurs about their challenges, needs and aspirations in order to elaborate public policies to meet the needs of the stakeholders. This 3rd phase of an ongoing process, will also highlight the importance of evidence-based, transparent policymaking involving key players from the creative sector and collaboration across different ministries at different levels of governments. Read more...
 Press Releases: Peshawar | Karachi | Islamabad
 Press clippings:   Frontier Post | Asia Net | Dawn | The News | Tribune

UNESCO and the Norwegian Embassy Visit to Kalash Valley

"Faces of Kalash", a photographic show featuring glimpses of life and cultural heritage of Kalash valley was put on display in Satrang Gallery Serena Hotel on Tuesday the 27th of September. The event was jointly organized by UNESCO and
the Norwegian Embassy at Satrang Art Gallery to showcase the photographs captured in 1929 by Georg Morgenstierne, a Norwegian linguistics professor who visited the region and documented the culture of Kalash extensively . Read more...

Poster Competition on Historic Building of Rawalpindi

Within the framework of UNESCO-NFIT-WHITRAP-NCA Project on Developing Guidelines on Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings in Rawalpindi a poster competition amongst the students of the Government Schools was
organized on June 22nd 2016 in collaboration with Education Directorate, Rawalpindi. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and to understand and revisit the significance of historic buildings to the present culture of Rawalpindi. Read more...

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

Countrywide Consultations with Pakistan's Creative Sector

UNESCO Pakistan with the support of the Denmark's Centre for Culture and Development completed countywide consultations - discussing policies for cultural and creative sectors in the country. These consultations were held in Lahore, Karachi
and Islamabad respectively in July and were attended by government and civil society and creative entrepreneurs and representatives from UNESCO. They discussed the state of affairs of Pakistan's culture and creative sectors, made recommendations on policies for the creative sector and for the ratification of the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

 Promoting the Creative Industries in Pakistan for Long Term Development
 Lahore Consultation  Press Release
Press Clippings: Business Recorder | Daily Times | Dawn | The News | Times of Islamabad | Tribune

 Karachi Consultation  Press Release
Press Clippings: Business Recorder | Dawn | The News | Tribune

 Islamabad Consultation  Press Release
Press Clippings: Business Recorder | Dawn | Pak Observer| Tribune | Frontier Post

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


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