As a specialized United Nations agency, UNESCO has been operating in Pakistan since 1958, providing the Government of Pakistan with support over seven decades. The Government of Pakistan recognizes UNESCO as a long-term strategic partner in support of achieving Pakistan’s national development plans and priorities. UNESCO’s support to Pakistan is built around the United Nations’ common support framework for Pakistan, the Pakistan One United Nations Programme III (OP III) 2018-2022, and its shared purpose ‘Delivering as One’ to achieve the SDGs in line with the Government’s priorities.
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
UNESCO works to support and strengthen the capacity of national authorities to protect, preserve and promote Pakistan’s cultural heritage – both tangible and intangible. Pakistan is home to six important sites which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List, and three cultural practices that are recognized by the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. UNESCO’s culture sector provides technical support to culture and creative industries across the country and works to promote cultural diversity, sustainable tourism, museum development, and heritage education. At the heart of every UNESCO’s intervention, the aim is to give heritage a valuable function in the lives of the people of Pakistan.