The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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A road map to promote egalitarian government open to diversity

2018
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This roadmap is an unprecedented step in Switzerland and is designed not only to combat discrimination but to capitalise on diversity proactively so as to create a climate fostering creativity and dynamism. Through this innovative approach, the Canton is making an exemplary commitment to ensure that everyone is recognised as a full citizen and has equal access to public services.

The action plan is divided into three parts, which will be implemented over several years:

  • A Canton that attempts to lead the way, through its communication and its awareness-raising campaigns, and ensuring that it applies the principle of equal rights in all its activities
  • A Canton that provides services, ensuring that important information is available and understandable to all its population, and whose workers are trained in and aware of diversity management;
  • Lastly, a Canton that sees to it, as an employer, that it promotes diversity and encourages job applications from people of diverse backgrounds at all hierarchical levels.

What is particularly interesting:

  • The project will be implemented by the entire State Council (not only the Minister in charge of interculturalism);
  • It is part of the legislative agenda of the State Council, the aims of which include continuing the intercultural tradition of the Canton and ensuring that the public authorities set an example;
  • Various departments will be directly concerned and will implement part of the project (for example, statistics, human resources, equality and family) and all the departments will be concerned in the medium and long term (as of 2019, two departments per year will sign a charter for diversity and implement measures).

A monitoring group will be established and set up a tool for monitoring action and outcomes (in particular, to measure diversity within the government).

It is an internal government project, carried out in co-operation with the University of Neuchâtel as regards monitoring.


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