Cities can gain enormously from the entrepreneurship, variety of skills and creativity associated with cultural diversity, provided they adopt policies and practices that facilitate intercultural interaction and inclusion. 

An Intercultural city is a place where:

  • Real equality is actively sought by preventing discrimination and adapting the city’s governance, institutions and services to the needs of a diverse population.
  • Political leaders and most citizens regard diversity positively, as a resource, and understand that all cultures change as they encounter each other in the public arena. They advocate for a pluralistic city identity built around a shared vision and common values.
  • Meaningful interaction between diverse groups in the public spaces and within the society is engineered through public policies that promote greater mixing, active citizenship and participation.

Equality, diversity, and interaction are three inter-linked values that underpin the development and sustenance of an intercultural city.

The Intercultural cities programme supports local and regional authorities worldwide in reviewing their policies through an intercultural and intersectional lens, and accompany them developing comprehensive intercultural strategies to help them manage diversity positively and realise the diversity advantage. The programme proposes a set of analytical and practical tools to help local stakeholders through the various stages of the process.

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