Kathmandu, March 27, 2108 –UNCESO completes 20 years in Nepal and its office in Kathmandu is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year at Hotel Yak and Yeti. To celebrate the success of 20 years, UNESCO is organizing a program in Kathmandu on Wednesday, as said in the press statement released by the UNESCO. The main objective of the program is to share some of the major achievements done by UNESCO in last 20 years in which there will be a presence of different UNESCO partners, government officials, UN representative, diplomatic missions as well as the media and civil society.
Starting out as a one-man office in a hotel room, the Office has grown to a team of over 30 staff today. The Office contributes to fostering peace, reducing poverty, and promoting sustainable development and intercultural dialogue in Nepal by strengthening government policies and programmes related to education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information.
The office is mainly focused on gender equality and adult literacy having following its main objective Quality “Education for All” (EFA).UNESCO has additionally helped to keep up and establish the Education Management information system at the department of the education center to support evidence-based decision-making, planning and the delivery of formal and non-formal education.
UNESCO has contributed for fostering peace, reducing poverty, and promoting sustainable development and intercultural dialogue In Nepal by consolidating the rules and policies of the government and programs related to education, the science, culture, and communication and information.
The workplace has provided its support to preserve, conserve and safeguard rich cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, through the promotion of cultural diversity and dialogue between diverse communities in the cultural sector of Nepal.
UNESCO has also overseen the conservation of the three most emblematic artefacts in Lumbini, namely the Marker Stone, the Nativity Sculpture and the Ashoka Pillar. Furthermore, excavations in the Sacred Garden, particularly at the Mayadevi Temple, have revealed evidence of structures dating back to lifetime of Lord Buddha in 6thcentury BCE. 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.
UNESCO would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its partners who have provided support over the last 20 years and it looks forward to continuing its support to Nepal in the years to come.
Source- UNESCO Press release