Forum on intercultural cities and human mobility

Mexico City, 30 August - 1 September 2010


We live in a world where people increasingly cross national borders and urban communities grow more diverse. While diversity can be a source of creativity and dynamism, it can also stress societies and limit their ability to ensure social cohesion, respect for human rights, equality and justice. Managing diversity is a challenge that most cities face and they can benefit from successful experiences and practices of other cities while developing their own policies and approaches. Based on the principles of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, a European programme, Intercultural Cities, has built a network of cities and a new model of diversity management at the local level. Intercultural Cities provides support for building strong and successful local communities by addressing diversity as a resource and not as a threat.


The programme proposes a model of intercultural integration to help cities foster a culture of diversity, properly manage cultural conflict and encourage authorities and public services to acquire cultural competence in order to adapt to the needs of diverse populations.


The development of an urban culture of diversity reflects the imperatives of integration in the global age. Culturally diverse cities can reap the benefits of diversity if the intercultural integration approach penetrates all policy areas and levels of governance, in partnership with stakeholders, including the media.


Intercultural Cities, proposes a methodology and a set of tools to help revise and adapt public policy to diversity, generate ideas and support from other cities in the world that share the same goals, and measure progress. The methodology is constantly enriched with new contributions and critical debate among a growing number of cities.


Mexico City has achieved during the last 13 years the construction of a policy with social face supported with a series of laws that have contributed to safeguard the fundamental rights of societies and to construct a policy from which society requires rather than what a government can imposes. The city is building a society from the highest desires and aspirations of justice, fairness and equality, while respecting the rights of people regardless of where they come from and under what situations they are. We reaffirm our recognition as a cross-cultural city of Abya Yala where the voices of our original and indigenous peoples are law.


The city is striving to build a targeted policy to ratify us as hospital and intercultural city recognizing the right to migrate as imperative, with emphasis on making visible the pluri-ethnic diversity based on our original, indigenous peoples and communities of different national origins, which makes Mexico City a mixture of cultures and knowledge historically produced. In addition, we are a city of reception, asylum and refuge for thus we have historically been since settled early civilizations in our territory, where the issue of migration acquires a peculiar sense be interpreted as a territory since time immemorial attended diverse cultures, some under the yoke of the imposition and others searching for a better living standards. Therefore now Mexico City is recognized as a city of rights. On the threshold of the 21st century the city is preparing legislation that recognises intercultural acknowledge and the right to human mobility, safeguarding originating and indigenous peoples rights that will be indisputably first in its class at the national level, and that can also serve as an example for those build at state, federal, and even worldwide. Hence the city's interests to become part of Intercultural Cities programme will serve to enrich the debate and to demonstrate that other worlds are possible.


The Government of Mexico City, through the Ministry of Rural Development and Equity for Communities in coordination with Mexico City Historical Centre Authority, the Legislative Assembly and the civil organization Citizen Initiative Promoting Cultural Dialogue, and the Council of Europe, invite you to take part in the Forum INTERCULTURAL CITIES AND HUMAN MOBILITY to be held on 30 August to 1 September 2010 in Mexico City, according to annexed program.


The Forum will announce the participation of Mexico City in the Council of Europe/European Commission Intercultural Cities Programme, review experiences in Europe and Mexico in the field of intercultural policies and human mobility and open new perspectives of cooperation between institutions and active networks in this field.


Various panels will analyse and discuss the concept of interculturality in different contexts; governmental and civil society initiatives of European cities; inter-agency co-ordination policies of interculturality and human mobility; Mexico City´s migratory processes, the life of communities and the safeguarding of their rights; the role of the media to promote interculturalism and processes of human mobility; and review the content of a future law on the subject in Mexico City.




Programme of the forum


Useful Information

Ciudad de México: official website