The ICC coordinators’ meeting is the annual gathering of coordinators of ICC international member cities and of national networks’ coordinators. For the second (and hopefully last) time, this year’s meeting will take place on-line, on 16-17 November.
The coordinators’ meeting aims at taking stock of achievements, putting forward and discussing new challenges and solutions, and preparing the next programme of work. Among the main strategic developments of this year, international members will hear about the progress made to engage Council of Europe member states towards multilevel governance of intercultural integration, recognising the role of local authorities in the conception and implementation of policies for inclusive societies.
The Intercultural Cities Programme has developed a series of online training courses for member cities to facilitate online capacity-building. The courses can be carried out independently by participants at their own pace. The following courses are now available:
An online antirumours training;
Alternative narratives and inclusive communication;
Preventing the potential discriminatory effects of the use of artificial intelligence in local services.
Opportunities of regional intercultural networks in Cyprus
Local authorities and other key stakeholders for intercultural integration in Cyprus were introduced to the “Building structures for intercultural integration” project during meetings on 11-15 October. There are many people and projects actively working for the integration of migrants in Cyprus and the new networks will be the first opportunity for them to gather together with the local authorities to discuss the most pressing issues and possible solutions to challenges in their district.
Bilbao citizens ready to enjoy the first intercultural guided tours "Diversitours"
Starting on Saturday, 23 October in the neighbourhoods of San Francisco, Zabala and Bilbao La Vieja, the Diversitours-Aniztasuna Tours, consists of intercultural guided tours carried out by neighbours trained to design the route in a participatory manner and deliver a tour aimed at connecting visitors with the history of the neighbourhood and its diverse community.
Barcelona launches a new Intercultural Action Plan
This new action plan aims to make Barcelona an even stronger intercultural city based on the principles of effective equality, recognition of diversity, positive interaction and intercultural dialogue. Barcelona plans to be an even more inclusive, dynamic and fair city, by combatting discrimination, and promoting social cohesion, equity and peaceful intercultural coexistence.
The 5th edition of NEUCHATOI will be held from 30 August to 30 October 2021, throughout the canton of Neuchâtel; it is intended to be an opportunity to invite the population of Neuchâtel to question the real or supposed tradition of openness in the canton of Neuchâtel, to reexamine the identity of Neuchâtel from the point of view of openness, and to question the discrimination that still persists in society today. This edition of Neuchâtoi is also an opportunity to take a look at the intercultural integration policy of the canton of Neuchâtel, a pioneering policy in Switzerland which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020.
Roundtable on “The Law on Indigenous Peoples as a Guarantee of Sustainable Development of the State” in Melitopol
Every year on 9 August, intercultural Melitopol, Ukraine, commemorates the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The city's population includes nearly one hundred different nationalities and ethnic groups, including important community of Tatars, Karaites and Crimean Tatars. This year is of particular significance for Melitopol as the President of Ukraine signed the Law on Indigenous Peoples (21 July 2021).