In a letter dated March 25, 2013, UNESCO's Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, noted that by ratifying the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 127 Parties had expressed their support for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and its mission, and made the commitment to provide annual voluntary contributions equivalent to at least 1% of their total contribution to UNESCO.
The Director General also thanked governments for their valuable contributions so far, and reminded them of the IFCD's objectives to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries.
"Creativity and the production of a diversity of cultural expressions are sources of employment, revenue and innovation. This fact is supported by the IFCD projects. We must, therefore, pursue and intensify our efforts to maintain and increase this momentum," Ms. Bokova said.
To read the letter in question or to learn more about the IFCD, please consult UNESCO website.