Islamabad, February 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): A seminar was held at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform on UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach between the National College of Arts administration, UNESCO representatives and the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform chiefs.
The seminar was hosted and organized by Young Development Fellows at the Ministry and was headed by chief water sector, Naseer Gilani. Presiding at the event was Prof. Ahsan Iqbal , As chief guest, Urban Planning and Housing chief, Dr. Ayesha Pamela rogers – UNESCO and Dr. Rom Von Oers –WHITRAP-Shanghai.
The seminar started with opening remarks from National College of Arts Dean, Mr. Tariq. He collaborated on the history and formulation of the college at Rawalpindi. He stated that the historic cultural project in Rawalpindi grew out of their commitment and love for the city. During his speech he said, “It felt as an obligation to give something back to the city where we live”. Furthermore, he mentioned that conserving these historic monuments will also benefit the community that inhabits the area.
After an elaborate presentation on various UNESCO world heritage conservation projects and HUL, Dr. Oers and Dr. Rogers covered the past, present and future on our cultural sites.
The ceremony was concluded by Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Deputy Chairman at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. He thanked the UNESCO and NCA team on putting forward a project to protect the cultural and historical heritage of city of Rawalpindi. He said that this project is a step to understand various development aspects within the Vision 2025.
In his speech, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said, “With rising global culture, we are prone towards a Mac-culture, however it is adversely important to also preserve our local heritage”. Thus, in the future, an urban planning center will be developed at the Planning Commission. It will coordinate at the national level to preserve our urban heritage and growth.
Pakistan is fastest urbanizing country in South Asia. The population pressure is pushing Urban Growth in unplanned direction which is likely to turn our cities chaotic. To avoid such scenario it is important that we focus on urban planning and blend modern approaches with traditional ideas to preserve character of our cities.
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