unescologo.jpgThe United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation,UNESCO has unveiled the International Fund for Cultural Diversity in Harare and is now inviting applicants to access the arts and culture funding through their National Commission.


The Fund was established by the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions reaffirming the link between culture and development. It was launched at the international level in June last year and has now become operational.


 Addressing Arts bodies and institutions, the Secretary General for Zimbabwe National Commission for UNESCO Mr. Josiah Mhlanga announced that the funding is now available and people can now submit their applications through the National Commission for UNESCO.


“I am happy that this fund has come at the right time when Zimbabwe is eligible to benefit from it because it ratified the Convention in 2008,” said Mr. Mhlanga.


Director of UNESCO Harare Cluster Office, Dr Soo Hyang Choi said UNESCO adopted the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and established a genuine international platform for cooperation and development in 2005.


“There is still, nonetheless, a gap between mere awareness and actual in depth understanding of the rights, values and aspiration of others, hence the need for genuine education through this funding,” said Dr. Choi.


The beneficiaries of the Fund are developing and least-developed countries which are parties to the Convention.


Those who are eligible to apply to the Fund are representatives of vulnerable groups and other social groups including women and persons belonging to minorities and indigenous groups.


 Non-Governmental Organisations which are parties to the Convention and those in civil society which have projects that have an impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level will also benefit.