Guidance for city policy-makers with good practice examples
The Intercultural city aims at basing its policies and identity
on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource
and not necessarily a problem. To achieve this, the city puts in
place a strategy to adapt its governance system and its policies in all relevant fields to the needs of a diverse population.
Intercultural city strategies need to facilitate positive
intercultural encounters and exchanges but should not
ignore or fail to address intercultural conflict. Conflict is to
be welcomed as inevitable. Handled well, it can lead to mutual learning and growth for all participants,
including city authorities.
Consultation and participation of citizens and communities in
the development, implementation and evaluation of the
intercultural city strategy is not only important and a value in
itself, it is essential for achievement. A genuinely
intercultural city can only be achieved through the active
participation of all the major institutions, groups and
communities in the city.
Included in this section are examples of intercultural
approaches in a range of policy fields which could
facilitate the development of intercultural strategies.