On 20 October 2020, Ambassador Peter Reuss and the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone, signed a contract to promote the International Fund for Cultural Diversity. In 2020, Germany will support the fund with Federal Foreign Office funds amounting to 110,000 EUR.
The fund supports projects to strengthen the creative industries in developing countries. Since 2010, 114 projects in 58 countries have been endorsed with a funding of USD 8 million. As the cultural sector is particularly affected by the Covid19 pandemic, support for this year is of peculiar importance.
UNESCO adopted the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2005. The Convention creates a binding basis under international law for the right of all states to pursue independent cultural policies. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, recognises for the first time at global level the key role of cultural diversity and creativity for sustainable development.