An eco-intercultural transition

“People” and the “society” have been gaining a central role in the scope of sustainable development until the latter became the foundation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

However, while there is extensive guidance, scientific knowledge, legally binding instruments, and relatively big funding for a more sustainable development of our societies, there are still important gaps in dealing with the green transition in a way that is truly inclusive.

Taking the core principles of the intercultural approach into account, sustainable development policies and actions should ensure equal rights and opportunities to all, build on the diversity advantage, and enable meaningful intercultural interaction, active participation, co-creation, co-development and co-evaluation.

 So, how do we make this happen?

This topic is very broad and cannot be meaningfully addressed in general terms. Based on the assessment of member cities needs’ and priorities, as well as on the results of the ICC Index, in 2021-2022 the ICC programme will explore two main areas:

  1. Including migrants and diversity in circular, green and inclusive economic models (2021): how to support diverse local business achieving the economic transition towards new economy models and access to the relevant technology? How can they diversify their offer? Which advantage they could bring to the society? How to build literacy and capacity in this field? How to ensure public measures taken under the local, national and international strategic plans to boost green businesses and the green job market are intercultural?
  2. Green infrastructures for inclusive territories (2022): which policies to ensure the greening of our cities becomes a factor to reduce segregation and increase intercultural interaction? This angle of work could partly build also on the research carried out by the ICC programme on Gentrification in 2020.