ORGANISING INTERCULTURAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES
A toolkit for local authorities
Some local authorities may believe that they are not sufficiently equipped to deal with interreligious or intercultural dialogue or that radicalisation is not their priority. However, there is a wealth of information and knowledge available and many European cities have significant experience of projects fostering democratic values which can serve as a good resource to build more inclusive societies.
In 2015 the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted its “Strategy to combat radicalisation at grassroots level”, including the “Guidelines for local and regional authorities on preventing radicalisation and manifestations of hate at the grassroots level”.
As the fight against radicalisation requires preventive measures that include the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, the Congress has prepared a toolkit to guide local authorities and associations and NGOs in their efforts to organise intercultural and interreligious activities. The toolkit includes digital resource info-sheets, the 12 principles of interreligious dialogue at local level and the guidelines adopted by the Congress.
The toolkit has been translated into 36 languages of the Council of Europe member states and is available online. It is also available in print in the working languages of the Congress (English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Turkish).
Elements of the Toolkit:
- Leaflet about the toolkit;
- 12 principles of interfaith dialogue at local level;
- Guidelines for local and regional authorities on preventing radicalisation and manifestations of hate at the grassroots level;
- Four digital resource info-sheets giving access to the information online, via a QR code:
- factsheet on relevant texts of the Council of Europe, Congress and other bodies;
- factsheet on the key academic work carried out in this field;
- factsheet on relevant university curricula and training courses in Europe;
- factsheet on existing good practices.