United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group announce a 10 awardees of a 2017 Intercultural Innovation Award.

Posted on 01. Dec, 2017 by in BMW Canada


  • More than 1,300 applications from 130 countries were
    received. The 10 awardees have been comparison opposite 5 continents.

  • Given a extensive success of a initiative, a BMW
    Group and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations have motionless to
    replenish a partnership for another 4 years.          

  • This year, a Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony has
    been hold for a initial time during United Nations domicile in New
    York. In her video message, Ms. Amina Mohammed Deputy
    Secretary-General welcomed a joining of this partnership
    directed to grasp a safer, some-more sustainable, estimable and
    moneyed universe for all.


New York – 29 Nov 2017 — The United Nations
domicile played horde for a initial time to a Intercultural
Innovation Award Ceremony. The 10 awarded organizations were
distinguished for their work in a participation of ambassadors and
high-level UN officials.

In her video message, Ms. Amina Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General
pronounced “In 2011 a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and a BMW
Group determined a Award to support intercultural discourse and
polite society.” and welcomed a joining of this partnership. ”it
is essential to achieving a safer, some-more sustainable, estimable and
moneyed universe for all”, Ms. Mohammed said.

“The rite is a initial step in a constructive routine where we
work with a BMW Group to support recipients in expanding and
amplifying their impact,” pronounced Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High
Representative for a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. “At
UNAOC, ancillary grassroots initiatives that are deeply committed to
compelling intercultural discourse and bargain lies during a core of
a work. Through a Intercultural Innovation Award and our
partnership with BMW Group, we encourage initiatives that residence these
issues in new ways. We are really unapproachable of a certain outcome of this
public-private partnership and sojourn committed to operative with the
corporate zone and polite multitude to grasp a ultimate idea of
building thorough societies.”

Throughout a one-year support period, a comparison projects can reap
a advantage of resources supposing by a BMW Group and UNAOC. In
further to receiving financial grants and increasing visibility,
awardees will have a event to attend in training
activities as good as to turn a partial of a disdainful “Intercultural
Leaders” network, a skills and believe pity height for civil
multitude organizations and immature leaders. This indication of collaboration
between a United Nations and a private zone creates deeper
impact, as both partners yield their sold imagination to ensure
a tolerable expansion of any project.

“With activities in over 140 countries and associates in each corner
of a globe, intercultural discourse is essential to a everyday
operations and a pivotal partial of a company’s identity. Therefore, the
BMW Group’s source of a Intercultural Innovation Award with
support from a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations commencement in
2011 was of sold stress for us,” pronounced Bill McAndrews, Vice
President BMW Group Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market
Communications. “Now, 6 years later, with 51 awardees and over 1.2
million beneficiaries to date, we sojourn as committed as ever to
fostering amicable innovators all over a world. Today, we are unapproachable to
announce that a partnership with a UNAOC has been renewed for
another 4 years. We are gratified to pierce brazen with this strong
partnership and to continue assisting grassroots initiatives flourish, together.”

This year, first place went to a Pakistan Youth
for their Peace Rickshaws Project. Using
auto-rickshaws as a canvas, messages of toleration and interfaith
assent are common in a cocktail art style, sparking conversations about
assent in a streets. The plan was successfully implemented in
Karachi, Pakistan’s many populous city, and will now be replicated in Lahore.


Other awardees by ranking include:


2nd place:
(Egypt) – Safarni

Safarni designs and facilitates “Simulated Travel Adventures” for
children with small bearing to diversity, to welcome and connect
with cultures. The “Simulated Travel Adventures” takes place over
8-weeks where children can play, dance, eat and correlate with locals
from around a world.


3rd place:
Community Relations In Schools
(United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) –
Buddy Up!

 ‘Buddy Up!’ is an inter-generational school-based peacebuilding
programme operative in one of Northern Ireland’s many divided areas. The
plan facilities a partnership between a Protestant propagandize and a
Catholic school, enchanting 3-4 year aged children, their relatives and families.


4th place: Universidad Regional Amazónica Ikiam
(Ecuador) – Awakkuna

Knitting groups are combined within inland communities, to produce
scientifically accurate and culturally critical Amazon animals as
toys. In this way, informative and systematic believe is shared, to
emanate an bargain of inland communities and their healthy environment.


5th place:
Interfaith Mediation Center
(Nigeria) – Transforming pastoralist-farmer dispute in Nigeria

The dispute between farmers and pastoralists has strong
ethno-religious dimensions, requiring a impasse of Muslim and
Christian faith leaders to co-initiate and co-facilitate a routine of
intercultural dialogue. This plan creates a certain feedback loop
in that intercultural team-work enhances provision collaboration
and improves a farming economy.


Honourable mentions include:


Encontrarse en la
(Argentina) – Encontrarse en la
Diversidad (Meeting in Diversity)

Encontrarse en la Diversidad was determined in response to a lack
of recognition about taste in Argentina. It aims during building
mechanisms for effective preparation on these issues, particularly
by enchanting teenagers and immature adults with methodologies that speak
to their sensibilities.


Games for
(Israel) – Play2Talk

Play2Talk aims to revoke stereotypes and encourage toleration between
children in Israel by a use of online video games. Virtual
trust-building encounters are orderly on a weekly basement regulating the
multiplayer video diversion Minecraft. This eventuates in face-to-face
encounters between participants facilitated by Games for Peace.


Media Focus on
Africa Uganda
(Uganda) – Yat Madit: The
Crossroads Project

The Crossroads Project promotes choice ways of resolving
dispute among communities in northern and north-eastern Uganda. Yat
Madit, a radio and radio play series, was designed and produced
by a organization, formed on genuine life practice in a region.
Intercultural discourse sessions are hold following a array being
aired nationally.


Te Kaihau Education
(New Zealand) – Global Enterprise Experience

The proclivity of a Global Enterprise Experience is to develop
destiny tellurian leaders learned in handling opposite cultures and
countries with universe views that are worlds apart. The experience
engages multinational teams of 8 students to work together around the
web to rise business judgment proposals on essential products and
services that will encourage amicable wellbeing


Young Leaders
(Tunisia) – Unleash Tunisia
Venture Bus

The Venture Bus is versed to debate a nation with a aim of
swelling assent preparation and entrepreneurship among exposed youth
in remote areas. The train provides mercantile empowerment by pushing
girl during a margin of extremism to start their possess entrepreneurial projects.



In box of enquiries greatfully contact:


Milena Pighi, BMW Group, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

Telephone: +49-89-382-66563, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de 


Alessandro Girola, UNAOC, Programming Coordinator

Telephone: +1- 929-274-6217, alessandrog@unops.org


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