Areas of support:UNESCO_logo_blue

  • Right to free education
  • Promotion of science
  • Cultural Heritage Promotion and Safeguarding
  • Protecting freedom of expression
  • Human Security

Right to Free Education: UNESCO works closely with the government, parliamentarians, media, civil society, parents and communities. UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Reports and support to celebration of EFA week contribute to the overall efforts of advancing the agenda of “Right to Free Education” in the country. To support girls’ right to education in Pakistan, UNESCO signed the Malala Funds-in-Trust Agreement with the Government of Pakistan in 2014. UNESCO implements the “Support to national capacity building to realize girls’ right to education in Pakistan” programme to develop and strengthen local institutional and organizational capacities.

Promotion of science: UNESCO supports strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan which included capacity building of national authorities in reliable flood forecasting and information dissemination. UNESCO also promotes engineering qualification standardization in Pakistan. UNESCO supports science education in remote areas of Pakistan that lack well-equipped science laboratories in partnership with the Pakistan Science Foundation. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme works to establish a scientific basis to improve the relationship between people and their environments. In 2013 the Ziarat Juniper Biosphere Reserve was included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Cultural heritage promotion and safeguarding: UNESCO works with the Government and local partners to safeguard the country’s rich heritage to promote cultural diversity, peace and sustainable development and to reduce poverty by conserving archaeological sites and monuments, promoting cultural industries and heritage education. UNESCO raises awareness and builds capacity for effective implementation of cultural conventions.

Protecting freedom of expression: UNESCO promotes an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalists’ safety and contributes to national efforts to advocate for the protection of journalists. UNESCO promotes media pluralism and development by providing safety and security training to journalists in rural areas of Pakistan.

Human Security: UNESCO, WHO and UNDP are implementing a project to improve human security by improving socio-economic conditions in one Union Council of Dera Ismael Khan. The project focuses on emerging needs in the area such as education, health, water, peace and social cohesion.

Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Representative/Director, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Vibeke Jensen - UNESCOPrior to returning to Pakistan in November 2014, Ms. Vibeke Jensen was Director UNESCO Liaison Office, New York and simultaneously Director of the Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).

Born in Denmark, Ms. Jensen holds a Master’s in History from the University of Copenhagen. She started her career in the Ministry of Labour in Copenhagen in 1987. In 1989 she joined UNESCO as assistant to the Coordinator for Women’s programmes. In 1994 she was transferred as Education Programme Specialist to the UNESCO Office for the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In 1997 she moved to the UNESCO regional office in Bangkok as Girls’ and Women’s Education Programme Officer.

From 2004-2007, Ms. Jensen was on secondment to UNICEF Pakistan as the Girls’ Education Specialist, and Education Section Chief a.i. In March 2007 she was nominated Head of the UNESCO Office in Viet Nam and in 2009 Director of the Cluster Office in Dar es Salaam (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania).