The Ukrainian Intercultural cities network

The Ukrainian city of Melitopol hosted on 25 and 26 November 2010 a seminar "Intercultural Cities: communities oriented towards the future". The objective was to share information on the pilot phase of the Intercultural Cities programme with other Ukrainian cities in order to inform and inspire them to become members of a national network of intercultural cities. This exchange was jointly organized by Democracy through Culture, a development centre, and Melitopol’s authorities under the Council of Europe/European Commission Intercultural Cities programme.

 

Melitopol is a Ukrainian city which has renewed its support for the intercultural approach. During the opening session, Serhiy Valter, Meltipol’s new mayor, confirmed his commitment to the intercultural concept. Melitpol’s dedication to interculturalism is also felt by many community stakeholders, as they view people and human relations as the city’s most valuable assets.

 

The exchange attracted a vast array of participants, including representatives of other Ukranian cities, cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations, as well as academics and students. The mayor of the Ukrainian city of Priluky expressed his commitment to joining the network and adopting the intercultural approach.

 

A draft memorandum setting up the Ukrainian Platform of Intercultural Cities was distributed to Ukrainian cities which wish to be future members of the Intercultural Cities network and national platform. This binding document will be used to develop a common action plan; identify a specific responsible body or individual in the local authority; single out training needs as well as objectives. Local City Councils were invited to adopt and make amendments to the memorandum until 15 December. The detailed working schedule will be decided after city majors have signed the memorandum.

 

The creation of another national Intercultural Cities network demonstrates a vote of confidence for the intercultural approach. This is an exciting opportunity for potential new cities, as well as old members, to exchange, engage and enhance the already existing and active learning community.

 

Memorandum of Ukrainian platform of Intercultural Cities

 

2011/2012 Plan for Ukrainian Platform of Intercultural Cities Development


Date

Action

October 2012

Annual meeting of Intercultural Cities to report and planning in Pavlograd (topic: media, cultural and educational organizations, cultural exchange)

September 2012

Intercultural places for children and youth – round table in Pryluki

July 2012

International meeting on CRBA in Melitopol (Lisbon, Tilburg, Oslo), round table with representatives of central government and parliament on CRBA approach to adopt it is a pilot national programme

June 2012

Presentation of Ukrainian Intercultural Platform in Lublin (Poland) Forum of small and medium cities of Ukraine in Melitopol Forum of intercultural cities in Lutsk

May 2012

Participation in the Festival MondinPlaza in Reggio Emilia

April, May, June 2012

Public discussions of Intercultural website and intercultural index (city administrations and/or universities) in Ukrainian cities participating in the Platform

March, September, November 2012

A course of workshops on practical implementation of White Paper on intercultural dialogue recommendations with support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine

November 2011

 

Study tours in Ukraine and out

October 2011

Forum of mayors in Melitopol/Day of Intercultural City

September 2011

 

Meeting of network working group (city of Yuzhne, Odessa region) – discussion of 2012 action plan and concept for the national pilot programme

August 2011

Launch of improved (reconstructed) website – www.intermisto.in.ua – media conference

August 2011

Team building, generation of ideas for projects and local target programmes (local administration, ethnic associations, NGOs, businesses, researchers)

June-July-August 2011

Assessment, mapping, survey (with help of universities and NGOs) – ICC Index

 

Map of participating cities


 


 

Meetings

1st Forum of Intercultural Cities: The Ukrainian Platform of Changes,

Lutsk, 14-17 June 2012 [RUS] | [UKR]

International workshop: local development policies, Yuzhny, 8-9 September 2011

Ukrainian Platform, Kyiv, 29-30 March 2011

Communities oriented toward the future, Melitopol, 25-26 November 2010

 

Useful links

Intercultural city: Melitopol, Ukraine

National Ukrainian Network