Paris, 16 May 2023 (TDI): On Tuesday, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Pakistan to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, participated in the 216th Session of the Executive Board of UNESCO.

He brought attention to Pakistan’s partnership with UNESCO and highlighted essential concerns that would help the organization in advancing global peace and development.

The Ambassador and Permanent delegate said Pakistan was ready to work with member states to promote our common agenda. He also mentioned that Pakistan was resolute in exploiting education, science, and cultural heritage to promote inclusive development and prosperity.

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Pakistan’s commitment to education, social protection, culture and heritage, and inclusion and gender could be measured by its actions. Ambassador Asim told the UNESCO session that these commitments formed a base of Pakistan’s post-2022 floods Resilient Recovery Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Framework.

He called for an indiscriminate response by UNESCO to the incidents of racism and discrimination. The equal dealing of crises and conflicts, including foreign occupations, would add legitimacy and universality to the organization’s actions.

He called the session’s attention to the importance of the effective implementation of a program. Towards this end, objective analysis and accurate assessment were indispensable.

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Moreover, he said Pakistan continued to pay special heed to the inclusion of culture in its post-2030 development agenda. Furthermore, Pakistan advocated the allocation of sufficient resources for the implementation of the Small Island Developing States SIDS Operational Strategy of UNESCO. He reiterated Pakistan’s advocacy for reforms and adaptation in UNESCO for its betterment.

Pakistan missions abroad routinely engage with international organizations such as the UN and its specialized agencies. This engagement points to the fact that Pakistan is committed to the rule-based international order. Moreover, it also strives for cooperation among states to tackle the 21st-century challenges facing the world.