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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PROUD OSLO – Action Plan for Equality and Freedom regardless of Gender Expression, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

until 2023
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Proud Oslo is an action plan launched in 2015 to increase respect for gender diversity among Oslo residents, create greater confidence for sexual minorities at risk of being socially marginalised, and increase the competence of municipal employees on gender expression and sexual orientation.

The initial action plan was launched for a duration of three years but its renewal has been already agreed until 2023.

The following actions have been so far implemented:

  • Guide for equal municipal services – includes subsections on queer knowledge and intersectionality
  • Prioritised settlement of refugees granted asylum on LGBT grounds, in cooperation with state authorities
  • Grant to organization Queer World, supporting professional volunteers working with LGBT refugees (psychology, health, law, social work)
  • Discrimination board for low threshold conflict resolution, to combat discrimination and hate crimes
  • Oslo’s queer history – exhibitions in city museums and libraries
  • Annual conference on human rights, in collaboration with the Oslo pride Foundation

The Municipal council on gender and sexual diversity established in 2017, has the mandate to follow up this action plan and other city council initiatives. Yet, an external evaluation combined with review roundtable talks with stakeholders is also planned for autumn 2018.


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