THAAP, established in 2006, is registered as a not-for-profit Section 42 Company with the Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). THAAP is the first and the only UNESCO Accredited NGO of Pakistan. It was decided in the seventh session of the General Assembly of the States Party to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage that took place from 4 to 6 June 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Assembly approved the accreditation of twenty-nine NGOs recommended by the intergovernmental Committee at its twelfth session in South Korea in December 2017. UNESCO-accredited NGOs provide advisory services to the Committee based on their expertise in the ICH field.
It is a forum of academics and professionals dedicated to improving the state of education, particularly in the fields of Art and Culture, where multi-disciplinary discourses take place and diversity thrives. International Conferences are held on an annual basis, while Seminars, Colloquiums, Consultative meetings are organized throughout the year. THAAP recognizes the intrinsic link between history, tradition and culture and acknowledges that our present-day beliefs, value systems and world view which constitute the culture of a society or community are shaped by the historical past. The resultant entity, while composed of many parts, operates as an integral body. Knowledge has grown into many fields of specializations yet as it flows from the human mind, it is integrated towards the common goal of human welfare. THAAP promotes integration and inclusivism and not the opposite. It aims to reassess and revisit history and create scholarship and knowledge of the old and recent history from the people’s perspective and disseminate to a wide audience. There is no better way to learn than to learn from each other.
“Our mission is to enhance and disseminate knowledge of the culture and history of Pakistan through research and practice with innovative projects and support of scholarship. Protection and promotion of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage and diversity, informed through a historic consciousness and its links to identity, social cohesion, development and rights form the core of THAAP’s mission.”