The IFCD and the United Nations SDGs

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The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges, for the first time, the essential role of culture, creativity and cultural diversity in reconciling the economic and social aspects of development, advancing economic growth and fostering social inclusion. Agenda 2030 contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.As a strategic instrument of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the IFCD will be key in the implementation of this new development agenda, with its financed projects impacting at least 11 goals thus far.See the goals below to show targets and topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals and their connections with the IFCD’s mission.


The IFCD mobilizes financial resources for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement projects covering a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs.
The IFCD projects and their support to creativity and innovation lead to increased quality of life and enhanced individual and collective well-being.
New talents and new forms of creativity and innovation are nurtured and strengthened through inclusive learning opportunities from the IFCD.
The IFCD supports the participation of women in cultural and creative industries as creators, producers and consumers of cultural expressions and ensures their equal participation in training and employment.
The IFCD explores the full potential of cultural and creative industries at the core of the creative economy, generating green employment and stimulating local development.
The IFCD strengthens institutional and organizational infrastructures, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural and creative industries and markets.
The IFCD widens the participation and collaboration of individuals and social groups in the creative sector.
The IFCD places creativity and innovation at the heart of sustainable urban development.
The IFCD supports the strengthening of cultural and creative production and distribution capacities, promoting local culture and products.
The IFCD contributes to building inclusive and participatory societies. It broadens the participation of social groups and individuals, including women, youth and indigenous peoples, and promotes environments that bring communities together through cultural expressions and creative industries.
The IFCD, as an international cooperation platform for sustainable development, raised over 9.4 million USD from multiple donors with the aim to foster the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries.