The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
To mark the occasion, UNESCO is organizing an event in Kathmandu on Wednesday, according to a press statement released by the UNESCO. The event aims to share some of UNESCO’s major achievements from the last twenty years in the presence of various UNESCO partners including government officials, United Nations representatives, diplomatic missions, the media and civil society.
The Office contributes to fostering peace, reducing poverty, and promoting sustainable development and intercultural dialogue in Nepal by strengthening government policies and programs related to education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information.
Quality “Education for All” (EFA) is one of the Office’s main objectives, with a special focus on gender equality and adult literacy.
UNESCO also helped to establish the Education Management Information System at the Department of Education and at the Non-Formal Education Centre to support evidence-based decision-making, planning and the delivery of formal and non-formal education.
In the culture sector, the Office provided its support to preserve, conserve and safeguard Nepal’s rich cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, through the promotion of cultural diversity and dialogue between diverse communities.
In the natural sciences, the office successfully advocated for the reinstatement of the Man and Biosphere Programme in 2015, which had been inactive since 2006.