Programme | Final statement



Making diversity work for cities



6 – 8 February 2013, Dublin

Irish EU Presidency Event

Andorran Council of Europe Chairmanship

In 2008 the Council of Europe and the European Commission, together with a group of pioneer cities, took a challenge: to develop and test a culturally competent approach to integrating diverse communities. The Intercultural cities initiative was born.


At the heart of this novel approach to integration lies the concept of Diversity advantage. The Dublin milestone event will be an opportunity to take stock of what cities have achieved, what works and what does not, and under which conditions, what challenges remain and how they can be addressed together with partners from other networks and organisations.


Over 60 cities in Europe and beyond have joined the Intercultural cities programme and pursue the diversity advantage. At the Dublin event these cities will share their experience and learning:


What does diversity advantage mean in practice and how can different kinds of urban policies be shaped through the intercultural lens?

What intercultural strategies have cities adopted? How have they managed to build broad local partnerships to ensure grassroots involvement, transversality and sustainability? What challenges are they facing and how are they dealing with them?

How can cities demonstrate the reality of diversity advantage? Is the concept supported by research evidence? How can the results be assessed?

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Participants will learn about the tools


which have been created to support cities in implementing the intercultural integration approach: a Step-By-Step guide enables a structured approach to policy audit, citizen involvement in strategy development and an Intercultural Cities Index helps cities make evidence-based judgments about the impact and outcomes of their policies and resource investment.

List of participants

Thematic workshops


Participants will review the meaning and practice of interculturalism in various policy fields such as culture, education, housing and neighbourhood development, safety and policing.

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