Culture, Heritage and Diversity

 

14 Spanish municipalities signed the first Living together Charter

 

On November 2013, “la Caixa" Foundation, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security and 14 local authorities of Spanish cities signed the first Municipal Living Together Charter for Conviviality, to work for social cohesion and intercultural conviviality at the local level in a creative and positive perspective. The Charter was signed by the Mayors of 14 cities in which ethnic diversity is higher than the Spanish average: Barcelona, Elche, El Ejido, Granada, Getafe, Jerez de la Frontera, Leganés, Logroño, Madrid, Paterna, Salt, San Bartolomé, Tortosa and Zaragoza.

 

Promoting conviviality and social cohesion in areas with a high diversity of cultures is one of the great challenges "la Caixa" Foundation has taken up. Its main tools is the Intercultural Community Intervention Project launched in 2010 in co-operation with 17 civil society organisations. It encourages the 14 municipalities develop a social intervention model based on shared responsibility and joint effort of governments, professionals and citizens to improve the conditions and quality of life and ensure equal opportunities in neighborhoods and municipalities.

 

The 14 City Councils have positively evaluated the results of the actions taken so far. On this basis, the Intercultural Community Project will continue with a focus on health and education, along three axes of critical importance for the community: family, childhood and youth.

 

As the Charter points out: “We are proud of the work that, together, we are carrying out in order to build a single society, cohesive, diverse and supportive. We believe from our own experience, that the intercultural model is the one that suits the best in order to manage cultural diversity, for its deep commitment to respect and mutual recognition of all people”.

 

“la Caixa” Foundation is provides support to the Intercultural Cities programme, and in particular for the activities of RECI-Spanish Network of Intercultural Cities.