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30 Mar 2018 description

The Republic of Korea has brought its support to UNESCO’s Girls’ Right to Education Programme in Pakistan with the signing of an agreement between UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and the country’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Mr Lee Byong-hyun, on 23 March 2017.

The USD 3.4 million project with the Korea International Cooperation Agency will support national capacity building to realize girls’ right to education in Pakistan’s Punjab province and Gilgit-Baltistan, through interventions targeting education officials, community leaders, teachers and parents.

04 Sep 2017 description

A Pakistani literacy programme with an online platform for women and out-of-school girls has been awarded the 2017 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy.

The Citizens Foundation, a literacy programme with an online platform for women and out-of-school girls in Pakistan, has been awarded the 2017 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy.

05 Apr 2017 description

Seven-year-old Shehzad goes to a UNESCO-supported school in Dera Ismail Khan District in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. His community in this remote part of the country has long suffered from natural disasters and internal displacement, amplifying the problems of limited access to basic services that already existed in this region.

10 Mar 2017 description


1.1 Introduction

Pakistan, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan appeared on the map of the world on 14 August 1947. It covers an area of about 796,096 km2 and shares its borders with China, India, Iran and Afghanistan.

19 Oct 2016 description

Increasing the resilience of buildings to natural hazards is essential as we strive to design more sustainable cities. Earthquakes pose considerable risks, as they have caused the highest number of casualties due to natural hazards in the last decade. During the second half of the century, more than 75 % of the total number of earthquake fatalities was caused by building collapse. However, natural hazards do not always translate to tragedy: disasters occur at the intersection of hazards and vulnerability. Preparedness and sound risk reduction policies can help to void them.

07 Sep 2016 description

Twenty-four countries* will participate in a large scale tsunami simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 7 and 8 September.

13 Jul 2016 description

Pakistan is at a defining moment with regard to its legislation on the right to information and journalists’ safety. The South Asian nation is discussing two draft bills, namely the Right to Information Act bill and the Journalists Protection and Welfare Draft bill. These will empower citizens by protecting their right to information and will contribute to enhance journalists’ safety and end the impunity of attacks against them.

03 Dec 2015 description



03 Dec 2015 description

From 29 November to 1 December, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the UN Habitat Office in Tehran organized the kick-off meeting of a unique joint project on seismic hazard and risk analysis covering Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

06 Oct 2015 description

UNESCO and the Government of Pakistan are launching a three-year programme aimed at increasing enrolment and improving retention and quality of learning for girls in eight remote districts of Pakistan.

The launch on October 8 will include a recorded message from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and will be attended by the Minister of State for Federal Education and provincial education ministers as special guests.

11 Mar 2015 description

The Japanese Government approved a major package of funding totalling 9 million US dollars to support UNESCO’s action in crisis and transition situations in the Middle East as well as flood risk management in Pakistan.

Three projects have been approved to benefit Iraq, responding to the gaps in secondary schooling for girls of IDP communities (USD 2 million), expanding secondary education for Syrian refugees in Iraq (USD 1 million), and addressing the need for preventive conservation of Iraq’s museum collections and cultural heritage sites at imminent risk (USD 1.5 million).

18 Feb 2015 description

“I always wanted to go to school,” said Azra Misbih-ul-huda, 17, who lives in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “ When this free education mobile learning project was launched in our area I was very excited […]I said to my mother I need to be educated and my mother eventually agreed because she said I had helped her a lot and I deserved it. Up until then I had been living in the village helping my mother with daily chores.”

29 Jan 2015 description

Ming-Kuok LIM, UNESCO, addressing the Conference. © Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives “The security of journalists is a precondition for the security of democracy”.

24 Oct 2014 description

Approximately 100 media professionals working in rural areas of Pakistan will benefit from a training programme that will equip them with the necessary safety skills and knowledge to report in hostile environments.

The project, which is being implemented by the Rural Media Network of Pakistan (RMNP), kicked off with a workshop held in Tehsil Yazman, District Bahawalpur, on 18 and 19 October 2014. This first event was conducted by Karachi- and Lahore-based trainers, and was attended by 20 rural journalists.

13 Sep 2014 description

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

05 Sep 2014 description

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory in 2004, 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim* will participate in a large scale simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 9 and 10 September to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. The goal is to measure the capacity and response times of the various stakeholders involved to address such rare but potentially destructive events.

31 Jul 2014 description

Background paper prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2015, Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges (ED/EFA/MRT/2015/PI/18)

24 Apr 2014 description

UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries

UNESCO has published a report explaining how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries. The report was published today, 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day.

31 Jan 2014 description

Islamabad, 30 January 2014 : “Youth makes 18% of the world population, involvement of youth in skills training programmes can contribute largely towards the socio economic development of the country.” Dr. Gwang – Jo Kim

Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, on his one-day visit to Peshawar expressed his views on the importance of skill development programmes for youth from Refugee Affected Hosted Area (RAHA) Communities.