On September 28, the TodaysArt Festival featured a presentation by Secretariat of the 2005 UNESCO Convention member Francisco Gómez Durán on the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), in The Hague (Netherlands).
Gómez Durán provided information on the IFCD funding opportunities available in developing countries and presented the projects previously supported by the fund. He also showed UNESCO videos about the IFCD and took questions.
The International Fund for Cultural Diversity is a voluntary multidonor fund that seeks to promote sustainable development cooperation and reduce poverty to help foster a vibrant culture industry in developing countries.
IFCD resources come from voluntary contributions from Parties and other states, regional and international organizations, public and private bodies, and individuals. The Conference of Parties recommended that Parties make annual contributions to the Fund of at least 1% of their countries' contributions to the UNESCO budget.