Joined UNESCO: 14/09/1949

Head of State and/or Government

President of the Republic: H.E. Mr Arif Alvi
Prime Minister: Mr. Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mr Moin Ul-Haque
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (01/08/2016)

Permanent Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to UNESCO
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National Commission for UNESCO

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training and Chairperson of the National Commission for UNESCO: Mr Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman

Secretary General: Mr Iftikhar Ahmad Babar

Secretary: Mr. Aamir Ashraf Khawaja

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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions
MemberMr S.M. Sharif1951-195627-45
MemberMr Momtazuddin Ahmed1956-195746-49
MemberMr Itrat Husain Zuberi1957-195849-52
MemberMr S.M. Sharif1958-196653-74
MemberMr Qudrat Ullah Shahab1968-197481-95
MemberMr Mumtaz Ali Kazi1978-1983106-117
MemberMs Attiya Inayatullah1983-1987118-127
MemberMr Mumtaz Ali Kazi1987-1990128-134
MemberMr Abdul Kadir Shaikyh1990-1991134-137
MemberMs Attiya Inayatullah1991-1993138-142
Member/RepresentativeMs Attiya Inayatullah1991-1995138-147
ChairpersonMs Attiya Inayatullah1993-1995143-147

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference

Executive Board
Member (Term expires : 2019)
Intergovernmental Council for the International Hydrological Programme
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council of the "Management of Social Transformations" Programme
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)
Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

His Excellency Mr Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, Minister of State for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education of Pakistan

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr MIR CHANGEZ KHAN JAMALI, Minister of Sciences and Technology

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Hazar Khan Bijarani, Federal Minister for Education

“I wish to express my government’s deep gratitude to Mr Koïchiro Matsuura for his astute leadership and determined efforts in realizing the goals of UNESCO.”
“I would also take this opportunity to extend my government’s heartiest felicitations to Ambassador Irina Bokova on her nomination to the post of Director-General and assure her of our full cooperation and support.”
“In the social sector, education has been the top priority with focus on a holistic approach to education. The Constitution of Pakistan entrusts the State with the responsibility of an equitable and effective education system for the people. The National Education Policy 2009 announced recently is a good blend of desirability and achievability. (…) The 2009 Policy integrates the reform process into its recommendations.”
“The Ministry of Education is establishing a National Consultative Council for Development of Curriculum. These reforms initiated since 2005 have resulted in remarkable improvement in the gross enrolment ratio of the early childhood education. Pakistan is aiming to increase the literacy rate up to 86% by 2015 through upscaling of ongoing programmes of adult literacy and non-formal basic education in the country.”
“We are taking active steps to raise enrolment in the higher education sector from 4.7% to 10% by 2015 and to 15% by 2020. Despite the progress, participation and attainment levels are disappointingly low. Almost one third of primary school-aged children are still out of school, a proportion that rises to about three quarters for secondary school children. (…) We would therefore call for reinforced focus on Member States which are far away from achieving EFA goals.”
“Some extremist forces have been attacking the educational institutions and especially targeting the education of the girls in small pockets of our diverse country. (…) Almost all of the IDPs in Swat Valley have returned to their homes and a massive programme is currently being executed for repair, renovation and restoration of damaged schools.”
“As we meet today to assess the mid-Decade progress of EFA, we cannot and should not remain oblivious of the fact that illiteracy, ignorance and poverty breeds discontent. It is sine qua non that UNESCO and the Member States redouble their efforts to promote Education for All in every region of the world.”
“Pakistan supports the revised budget ceiling of $653 million for the next biennium (…). In implementation of this programme and budget, we would very much like to see increased focus on strict implementation of results-based management, good governance, rationalized structure at Headquarters and further rationalization of administrative costs.”
“(…) In these defining times, we cannot and must not allow our vision of the twenty-first century to be dictated by ideologies of intolerance, hate and injustice.”

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Lt. Gen. Javed Ashraf Qazi, Federal Minister of Education

“Pakistan welcomes the entry of Montenegro and rejoining of Singapore to UNESCO, which reinforces the true universality of this Organization. We look forward to working with both of them, particularly with Singapore in our extended ASPAC family.”
UNESCO has a vital and vigorous role in establishing a culture of peace. We need understanding, harmony and building of bridges among all cultures and peoples through initiatives such as Alliance of Civilizations, interfaith dialogue and enlightened moderation.
“Pakistan accords high priority to Education for All and to the achievement of its goals in collaboration with UNESCO and other partners. Countries of our region need skill-based education at secondary level and a visual training centre to train vocational and technical teachers could facilitate this.”
“The Pakistan Government has been working on a wide range of reforms at establishing democratic norms, […] and, most importantly, instituting reforms in the education sector with a holistic approach. The national education policy […] is on the anvil. As a result, the literacy rate in Pakistan has increased to 56% in 2007.”
“South Asia merits special attention by UNESCO in combating illiteracy as it is home to two thirds of the world’s illiterates. Whereas UNESCO cooperates actively with a host of regional and sub-regional organizations, its cooperation with SAARC has remained minimal.”
North-South-South cooperation is another modality of such partnerships. It is also important to include Africa and the small islands in this process.
“An equitable share in scientific knowledge and technological development would lead to greater economic growth, improve living conditions and high level of productivity. Promoting international cooperation, disaster preparedness, management of natural resources and social transformation are some of the other areas where UNESCO should take lead.”
“We uphold and respect diversity and preservation of our living heritage, both tangible and intangible. We, therefore, seek an asset-based relationship with UNESCO where we can interact with each other’s cooperative advantages.”
Pakistan would also like to emphasize the importance of the inter-disciplinary approach. UNESCO has a privileged role to play to expanding international interaction in the fields of education, culture, science and technologies.

Celebration of anniversaries

  • Two hundredth anniversary of the birth of the poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (27 December 1997).

  • Mirza Asadullah Ghalib is considered in South Asia the greatest poet in Urdu, a
    language used throughout the region. He was also a writer of prose in Urdu and
    Persian, enjoying renown in Iran and central Asia.
    His work, with its unique style, makes him the most authentic representative of this
    literaty and cultural tradition above all other poets, and his literaly influence in
    region is immense.