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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The Inter-religious Platform of Geneva

A network of 23 diverse groups who speak as one
2016
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An inter-religious platform in Geneva has been developed and runs a range of activities to generate dialogue and relationships between people following diverse religions and philosophies in civil society, recognising diversity within different groups, and tackle common objectives together.  This platform includes 23 diverse groups, and involves both individual and group members, and associated members for those interested in religion. It was initially established by a charter agreed by all participants in the platform in 1992. 

Their activities have included:

  • Developing a ‘house of religions’ as a place where all religions can co-exist and each has some room for themselves, in a physical location close to the base of several international institutions;
  • Developing awareness of different religions by activities such as holding a ‘week of religions’ involving interaction activities (events, visits, etc.) organised around a common theme each year (e.g. sacred objects, religious facts). 
  • Publishing an interreligious calendar particularly focused on students to raise awareness of different religious festivals through the year;
  • Making public statements to tackle divisive views expressed in the media and make common statements in support of peace and challenging discrimination, particularly in response to events;
  • Twinning projects, where people of different faiths go to each other’s place of worship;
  • Discussions on inter-religious co-existence and understanding, and events where politicians and the wider public discuss related issues together.
  • Artistic events and awards, celebrating different expressions and experiences of religion in music, etc.
  • Particular projects for groups such as young people.

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