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UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Political and economic arrangements of governments are not enough to secure the lasting and sincere support of the peoples. Peace must be founded upon dialogue and mutual understanding. Peace must be built upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity.

In this spirit, UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization strengthens bonds among nations. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation.

Heritage fund for preservation of cultural sites on the cards: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National History and Literary Heritage Shafqat Mehmood says the federal government plans to establish a heritage fund for the upkeep and preservation of cultural sites across the country. Mehmood,  who also holds the portfolio of Federal Education and Professional Training, was chairing a meeting of the Coordination Committee on Heritage Sites of Pakistan in Islamabad on Tuesday. “Pakistan has a rich and diverse cultural heritage which can be promoted to attract maximum tourists, he said,…

Unesco lists Kalasha culture as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Pakistan’s first independent nomination, the ‘Suri Jagek’ tradition practised by the indigenous Kalasha people, has been approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for inclusion in this year’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). The decision was taken at the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which is underway at in Mauritius. Suri Jagek, literally translated as ‘observing the sun’, is the…

Turkey’s ancient temple site gets UNESCO heritage status

A Turkish ancient temple site in southeastern Anatolia was given UNESCO World Heritage status on Sunday, the UN agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama. Named Gobekli Tepe (Potbelly Hill), the site is the world's oldest known megalithic structure located in Upper Mesopotamia and is some 11,000 years old. The site, considered to be the world's oldest temple, is in the present-day southeastern province of Sanliurfa and reopened to tourists earlier this year after restoration work was undertaken…