UNAOC and BMW Group Host Event in Berlin for Intercultural Innovation Award Alumni

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in partnership with BMW Group, will host an event for alumni of the Intercultural Innovation Award in Berlin, Germany, from 1 to 4 April. Participants in the event were selected from different editions of the Award and come from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania. The Alumni event was designed as an interactive learning experience during which participants will share experiences about their work in the field of intercultural dialogue, as well as best practices, challenges, and success stories, and reflect upon the future of the alumni network of the Intercultural Innovation Award.

During the first day, representatives from the selected organizations will present their work and the challenges they’ve encountered, various strategies that they’ve used, and other methods related to innovation, sustainability, and replicability. These three sessions will serve as a basis for the second day of the event during which alumni of the Intercultural Innovation Award will have the opportunity to discuss those topics more in depth.

As part of the alumni event, participants will also get a chance to visit a Berlin-based recipient of the Intercultural Innovation Award called “Give Something Back to Berlin,” which is a platform and network fostering community integration, intercultural dialogue, and participation among Berlin’s diverse migrant communities. Participants will also meet and network with a group of local NGOs working on promoting refugee and migrant integration at the local level through innovative ways.

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award selects and supports innovative grassroots projects that promote intercultural dialogue around the world. The initiative represents an example of the role that corporate social responsibility can play within the United Nations system. With this initiative, UNAOC and the BMW Group jointly mobilize their resources, time, and networks to support the awarded organizations. This model of collaboration creates a more profound impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project.

Contact: Mr. Alessandro Girola, alessandrog@unops.org | Milena Pighi, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de