During a visit to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on November 29, the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, announced a new contribution to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The $30,000 contribution was split evenly between Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF).
Canada’s Minister of Heritage, Mélanie Joly, announced the federal government’s $100,000 contribution to the IFCD while in Paris on December 13. Minister Joly participated in a panel on “Shaping digital policies for development” as part of the 10th session of the Intergovernmental Committee in Paris.
The IFCD, which was instituted by the Convention, supports the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries. Since 2010, the IFCD has funded 84 projects in 49 developing countries, such as the mapping of Haiti’s music industry and numerous other initiatives aimed at involving the public in the process of developing local and national cultural policies.