ISLAMABAD, Oct 10 (APP): The government of Pakistan welcomes UNESCO’s help for its broad based agenda for the social sector development, especially in the fields of education, health, empowerment of women and preservation of cultural heritage.

This was stated by the Ambassador the Permanent Delegate
of Pakistan to UNESCO, Moin ul Haque, in his statement at the landmark 200th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board held in Paris on Monday, a message received here said.

The session was presided by Ambassador Michael Worbs
from Germany and was also attended by Madam Irina Bokova Director General of UNESCO and other 58 executive board members.

In his statement, the ambassador said that Pakistan
attached high priority to education considering it as an
enabler for peace and development.

He said that due to various initiatives of UNESCO, a
steady progress has been made to increase literacy rate and
improve quality of education in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s donation of $ 10 million to UNESCO Malala
Fund demonstrates our commitment to promoting girl child
education globally, he added.

Moin ul Haque said that Pakistan was also determined to
promote gender equality and empowerment of women.

Today in Pakistan, many women are playing their active and productive role in every walk of life including politics, he added.

He assured the Executive Board that Pakistan would
continue to lend strong support to the international community in creating a just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met.

He called upon the member states for their commitment,
financial assistance and unwavering political support to help
UNESCO achieve its objectives.

Pakistan has been an active member of the UNESCO
executive Board since 1951 except for a brief period between 1974 and 1978, the press release added.