Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
As reported in the previous quadrennial periodic report, Australia is committed to contributing to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), which supports the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. It also fosters the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries through activities such as the sustainable development and implementation of cultural policies, capacity-building for cultural entrepreneurs, the mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models. Australia has made voluntary contributions to the IFCD so that it can continue to support these activities that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions. Since the last quadrennial report, Australia has continued to make voluntary contributions to the IFCD and made two donations totaling over A$200,000 during the reporting period of 2017-2021.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
The IFCD, assisted by contributions from Australia and other countries, has funded a number of projects in developing nations, leading to enhanced international cooperation. Through the Intergovernmental Committee, meetings have been held on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, in which Australia participates on a yearly basis. Australia’s IFCD contribution has fostered the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries. Australia’s contribution also meets its international obligations under Article 18 of the Convention, which in turn supports the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
US$373,972 (A$452,226) to date (as at 2020).
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
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Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?:
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?:
The implementation of Australia’s voluntary contribution to the IFCD is monitored by UNESCO.