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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Salut l'étranger-ère!

Acknowledging and rewarding the intercultural heroes of Neuchatel
2016
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Since 1995 Neuchâtel State Council has been making an annual award of 7,000 CHF to a group or an individual who, through a work, a performance, an act or even a word or an attitude, has made an outstanding contribution to:

  • raising awareness of the need for inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue in order to promote respect for others and cultural diversity;
  • promoting tolerance;
  • rejecting any exclusion based on ethnicity, religion or nationality.

The entire population, and all public and private institutions are eligible to submit applications for the prize "Salut l'étranger-ère!"


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