Culture, Heritage and Diversity


Forum of the Intercultural Cities:

Local Communities and the policies of hospitality and integration in Europe and the Mediterranean


In co-operation with and thanks to the contribution from the region of Apulia and the personal commitment of its President, Mr Vendola, the conference "Local communities and the policies of hospitality and integration in Europe and in the Mediterranean Forum of the Intercultural Cities" was held in Bari, Italy on 11 December 2009.


Representatives of the pilot Intercultural cities, Mayors from cities in the South Mediterranean and the Balkans region, officials from international and national institutions and organisations, intellectuals and journalists participated in this event to discuss the challenges of managing intercultural diversity at the local level.


This event was also an occasion to launch the European campaign against discrimination in the region of Apulia.



Invited Speakers and Official Guests


Intellectuals and Experts


Franco Cassano

Phil Wood


International Organisations and Associations


Helena Barroco, UNAOC (Alliance of Civilisations of the United Nations)

Dhouha Boukhris, ALECSO (The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization)

Alberto D'Alessandro, UNICRI (United Natios Interregional Crime and Justice Research)

Carmela Godeau, IOM (International Organisation for Migration)

Yahya Pallavicini, ISESCO (Islamic Eduacational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)

Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA (Assosiation of the Local Democracy Agencies)


Local and Regional Authorities


Pietro Pepe

Silvia Godelli

Giuseppina Marmo

Elena Gentile

Michele Emiliano, Mayor of Bari

Rosa Marquez Cabrera, Minister, Mexico City Federal District

Abderrahim Filali Baba, former Mayor of Fz

Ilda Curti, Consultant of Turin

Elvis Bajram, Mayor of Shuto Orizari (Skopje)


Pilot Intercultural Cities


Berlin-Neuklln, Germany

Reggio Emilia, Italy




Marc Sinnaeve

European Youth Press



Media coverage

Radio Europa - Rai 1 interview with the General Director Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni

Radio report on Paola Guarnieri's Europa blog Ueb


Region of Apulia

Official web site



Programme of the conference
White paper on intercultural dialogue
List of participants

 Speech by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General


Anti-discrimination Campaign

Official website

Useful Information about Bari

Official website
City map
University of Bari