Pakistan supports UNESCO’s cultural initiative in country

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ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Secretary Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera represented Pakistan at the ongoing 39th Session of UNESCO General Conference held at its headquarters in Paris.

The secretary attended the meetings of UNESCO’s Cultural Commission and Communication & Information Commission and took an active part in the general debate held on the UNESCO’s programme cycle 2018-21, the organisational working of the commissions and adoption of a timetable of work of the commission, a message received here from Paris said on Thursday.

The secretary noted that Pakistan was a land of ancient civilisations with a rich history and cultural diversity.

He was of the opinion that in addition to the six heritage sites which had already been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, there was a number of other historical sites in Pakistan which had the potential to be included in the list.

He also stressed the need to ensure respect for the intangible cultural heritage of the communities, groups and individuals and to create awareness and appreciation of these national treasures at the local, national and international levels.

The secretary also stated that the government of Pakistan was fully committed to the safety of journalists and had initiated specific administrative and legislative measures to ensure press freedom and freedom of expression, as guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan.