Cities that are member of the international Intercultural Cities network hold coordination meetings once per year to take stock of achievements, put forward new challenges, and prepare the next programme of work with a view to further develop both the intercultural cities’ network and the intercultural integration policy model.
This year meeting was hosted by the city of Odessa, Ukraine, on 25-26 September. The programme included, for the first time, a “systemic design” session on strengthening the ICC Programme and Network. In fact, the Intercultural Cities network has grown from 11 to over 130 members in 11 years, encompassing a broader range of countries and national integration models. The ICC programme has also expanded the set of issues it covers, with an increasing focus on human rights, equality and inclusion. Systemic design is an emerging methodology for assessing the role of different elements and processes in complex systems, their interaction, weaknesses and strengths. After a welcoming speech by the Mayor of Odessa, and an information session by the ICC team to share the outcomes of the 2019 programme of activities, the systemic design methodology has been used to review in-depth the modus operandi of the ICC programme so that it corresponds better to the expectations of member cities, their capacity to implement the commitments undertaken when joining the programme, and enhance the take-up of methodologies and tools proposed by ICC.