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Intercultural cities: good practice now online

A collection has been updated and published online of examples of “intercultural approaches” adopted by members of the Intercultural Cities network. Cities share therein good-practice examples on how to manage diversity better, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage. One of the objectives of an “intercultural city” is to build its policies, and even its identity, on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of society. The first step in this process is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges; also of strategies that promote the equal and active participation of residents and communities in city development; this being a way of responding to the needs of a diverse population.

In May 2017, Paris city council adopted a report on "Paris – an intercultural city". The report contains 100 proposals for strengthening the intercultural dimension of the city.  It was based on the information-gathering and evaluation work of fifteen councillors who had been tasked by Paris city council with examining: the intercultural dimension of Parisian policies that contribute to social and cultural inclusion; participatory and citizens’ dynamics; and Paris’s attractiveness as a capital city. The fifteen councillors conducted 76 hearings of elected officials and civil society stakeholders as well as nine visits to symbolic sites with special cultural or social significance. They focused on actions carried out in two neighbourhoods, the 13th and 20th arrondissements. Moreover, they conducted a comparative analysis of international practices; they heard in this connection representatives of the city of Barcelona; naturally, they worked closely together with the Council of Europe, which is the pilot of the Intercultural Cities Programme.