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August 28, 2014

At Sixth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, UNAOC and BMW Group announce 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award Winners

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group announced the rankings for 11 finalists of the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) on the eve of the Sixth Global Forum of the UNAOC. All finalists will be awarded support to help their project grow.

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August 5, 2014

BMW Group and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Announce Finalists for the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group have announced the 11 project finalists for the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award. More than 600 applications were received from over 100 countries in a highly competitive selection process.

The final podium will be announced within the framework of the 6th Global Forum of the UNAOC in Bali, Indonesia. The official award ceremony will take place on 28 August and will be chaired by President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Bill McAndrews, Head of Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications, BMW Group, in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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March 12, 2014

Applications Are Now Accepted

The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) have started, under the  Intercultural Innovation Award, their annual search for grass-root organizations engaged in innovative cross-cultural work.

Ten organizations with grassroots projects that promote intercultural understanding in new and sustainable ways will be awarded funding and strategic support by the BMW Group and the UNAOC. To be considered, organizations must apply online by Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 at 5:00 pm New York City time.

The top ten finalists will be invited to present their projects at the 6th UNAOC Global Forum in August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. A total of 100,500 USD is offered to the awardees, of which 40,000 USD goes to the winning project.

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February 26, 2013

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group announce winners of Intercultural Innovation Award

The Viennese Volkstheatre was host to the UNAOC and the BMW Group last night in celebration of The Intercultural Innovation Award. The coveted international Award is part of an unprecedented partnership between the UNAOC and the BMW Group. Designed to contribute towards social stability and economic growth in multicultural societies, the Award is given to innovative grassroots projects promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding.


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2013 Award Ceremony video

February 12, 2013


Ten finalists will present their projects at the Viennese Volkstheatre on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. High-level representatives of the UNAOC and the BMW Group will give the Award to the five top organizations.

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January 18, 2013

What is Intercultural Innovation?

Check out the latest contribution to our section “Innovation.”  Dr. Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Strategic Research Centre for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia (and one of our jurors), reflects about the “intercultural innovation challenge.”

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January 15, 2013

Join us at the Award Ceremony!

Final chance to express your interest in participating in the 5th Global UNAOC Forum, taking place in Vienna on February 27-28, 2013. The Award Ceremony will take place at the opening Cultural Night on the 26. Deadline: Thursday, 17 of January 2013 ; 6.00 p.m. Vienna time.

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December 18, 2012

Cities have a Powerful Role to Play in Immigrant Integration

Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree reflects on the relation of migrants and cities on the occasion of International Migrants Day.

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October 5, 2012


Our International Jury has reviewed all the applications and has made a decision. The top ten projects coming to Vienna will be announced shortly!

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October 2, 2012

Intercultural Innovation Award Winner Expanding to 20 Cities Worldwide

UNAOC, BMW Group and the Maytree Foundation organize a Learning Exchange seminar on October 1-3 in Toronto for a group of representatives of 25 cities around the world that will learn about DiverseCity onBoard. The event is hosted by KPMG.

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September 10, 2012

20 days left to apply

The deadline for applications for the Award is October 10th. We are looking for non-profit organizations with track records in promoting intercultural understanding using new methods. Apply now!



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August 23, 2012

Winners Seminar at BMW Welt

Our 10 winners participate in a strategic communications and fundraising seminar. Sessions were conducted by Susanne Lämmerhold (PRPetuum), Felix Oldenburg (Ashoka), and Jean-Christophe Bas and Daniel Cervan (UNAOC)


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Jean-Christophe Bas, Senior Advisor at the UNAOC about successful fundraising strategies