Overview of the UNESCO Office in Islamabad
The UNESCO Office in Pakistan was established in Karachi in 1958 as the "UNESCO Regional Center for Reading Materials in South Asia". In 1969, it was renamed as the "UNESCO Regional Center for Book Development in Asia". Its mandate included book promotion and development of infrastructures for the book publishing industries in the region. By 1972, the Center's activities covered 21 UNESCO Member States in Asia. The same year, it was also designated as the field office for UNESCO's International Copyright Information Centre. In October 1989, the office was moved to Islamabad and functioned as the "Regional Office for Book Development in Asia and the Pacific."
Currently UNESCO Islamabad office is functioning as a country office.