Interventions des Chefs des Délégations à la Conférence générale lors du débat de politique générale
37 session de la Conférence générale 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 de la Conférence générale 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 de la Conférence générale 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 de la Conférence générale 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.