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Wednesday, 26 November 1986
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(Question No. 4780)


Mr Hollis asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 16 October 1985:

(1) Is he able to say whether the Executive Board of UNESCO on 7 October 1986 appealed to member states to strengthen, by means of voluntary contributions, the financial resources of the Special Account of the International Program for the Development of Communication.

(2) Is he able to say which countries have made contributions to the program and in (a) what years and (b) what amounts have they done so.

(3) Has the Government given consideration to making a contribution subsequent to the answer he gave to part 2 of my question No. 3786 (Hansard, 7 May 1986, page 3329).


Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) A Special Account for the IPDC was launched by the Director-General of UNESCO in June 1981 through an appeal to all member States. There was a poor response initially from member States, but the number of governments contributing to the Special Account has risen from 14 as at January 1982 to 32 as at June 1986.

The following is a cumulative statement of contributions to the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) received as at 30 June 1986 (expressed in US dollars):

Government

$US

Special Account for the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC)

Algeria...

10,000

Bangladesh...

2,000

Benin...

10,000

Cameroon...

10,714

Canada...

282,962

Cyprus...

1,944

Egypt...

10,000

Finland...

200,000

France...

596,817

Gabon...

17,094

Guyana...

2,000

India...

500,000

Indonesia...

93,505

Iraq...

100,000

Italy...

168,573

Jamaica...

2,000

Japan...

900,000

Kuwait...

100,000

Luxembourg...

1,961

Mexico...

10,000

Nigeria...

100,000

Norway...

4,390,416

Oman...

10,000

Pakistan...

25,000

San Marino...

5,000

Tunisia...

9,434

Turkey...

6,438

Trinidad and Tobago...

2,000

U.S.S.R....

1,429,490

Venezuela...

250,437

Yugoslavia...

39,995

Zambia...

5,231

Funds in Trust for Special Projects

FRG...

40,000

Canada...

141,500

France...

859,440

ROK...

720,000

Netherlands ...

452,877

Switzerland...

1,200,000

United States...

1,100,000

Sweden...

22,332

Contributions in Kind

Experts-Cuba, GDR, Netherlands, Sweden.

Fellowships-Algeria, Argentina, India, Nigeria, Poland, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, U.S.S.R., Yugoslavia, GDR.

(3) No. The situation remains that there have been informal discussions among some agencies, but the Government has not given formal consideration to making a voluntary contribution to the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC). Competing priorities in the allocation of scarce resources have severely limited the ability of Government to commit funds to extra-budgetary programs such as the IPDC.