In accordance with the Pakistan One United Nations Programme III (OP III) 2018-2022, Pakistan's national development priorities, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNESCO Islamabad launched its Country Strategic Document (UCSD) 2018-2022. The document presents UNESCO's strategic framework for engagement with the Government, other UN Agencies, development partners, and civil society to respond most effectively to Pakistan's development needs, priorities, and aspirations. It provides a programmatic framework for UNESCO's interventions in Education, Culture, Science, and Communication and Information sectors in Pakistan for the next four years.
The draft document was presented to key stakeholders on 25th April, 2019. Ms. Wajiha Akram, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, co-chaired the event along with Director, UNESCO Islamabad, Ms. Vibeke Jensen. Ms. Akram commended UNESCO's contributions in Pakistan, especially in the areas of Education and Culture. She stressed the need for multilateral efforts for cultural preservation and the priority of the Government to develop policy options for effective integration of technologies in classrooms. Ms. Jensen highlighted that UNESCO's broad mandate and its five interrelated sectors allow us to play a significant role in the achievement of SDGs. She further stated that UNESCO Islamabad has, over the past four to five years, been able to mobilize funds and resources to contribute to almost all sectors significantly, be it building flood forecasting capacity or working in marginalized communities to increase girls' primary school enrolment. Ms. Jensen conveyed that the experience gained and lessons learned through our downstream work would inform upstream policy-making and advisory.
UNESCO's support to Pakistan's development includes promoting access to and quality of education, contributing to the preservation and sustainable management of Pakistan's tangible and intangible heritage, promoting creativity and creative industries, integrating heritage and culture within education and development, promoting access to information, and advocating for science, technology and innovation to increase the sustainability and inclusivity of Pakistan's economic growth.
The UNESCO Pakistan Country Strategic Document 2018-2022 is available here.