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Key Resources: Intercultural Dialogue

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Documents / Legal Instruments:

 Intercultural Dialogue in the Framework of European Human Rights Protection (White Paper Series - Volume 1) (04/2010)  
This report analyses the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in terms of the promotion of cultural diversity, as championed by the Council of Europe particularly through its "White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue" (2008). The Court's views on the governance principles and preconditions of intercultural dialogue - and particularly the case law on freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and freedom of association and assembly - provide guidelines for politicians, academics and practitioners alike.

White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue (2008)
Webspace which houses all relevant information on the  strategy, methodology  and conceptual basis for the Council of Europe's White Paper published in May 2008. You can download the White Paper from this site.

Intercultural Dialogue - Cases of Good Practice (2005)
Collection of good practices assembled by the Council of Europe's Project Group on Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict Prevention in 2005.

Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe's Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue  (2005)
Adopted by the European Ministers responsible for Cultural Affairs following the closing conference of the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention "Intercultural Dialogue: The Way Ahead" in Faro, Portugal, 28 October 2005.

Opatija Declaration on Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict Prevention (2003)
Adopted by the European Ministers Responsible For Cultural Affairs, Opatija (Croatia), 22 October 2003.

 European Cultural Convention  (1954)
Council of Europe Convention adopted in Paris 19 November 1954. It has been signed by 48 countries.

Programmes / Initiatives / Institutions:

The Intercultural City Step by Step (02/2013)
It falls primarily upon cities to design and implement policies that foster community cohesion and turn cultural diversity into a factor of development rather than a threat. This practical guide for applying the urban model of intercultural integration is designed for city leaders and practitioners wishing to learn from the "Intercultural Cities" pilot project run by the Council of Europe and the European Commission in developing an intercultural approach to diversity management. The guide recommends steps and measures to help develop an intercultural strategy and monitor its implementation.

Attacks in Norway: A call to action! (08/2011)
Compendium editor Andreas Wiesand sent a letter of condolence to Thorbjà¸rn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, calling for increased efforts to strengthen cohesive diversity and intercultural dialogue in European societies.

Living in Diversity - Lesson Plans for Secondary Schools (10/2010)
This handbook was produced in the framework of the pilot project "Intercultural and interfaith dialogue through education", part of the Council of Europe-European Commission joint programme "Fostering a culture of human rights in South Caucasus and Ukraine" (2006-2009). It is based on proposals for educational activities that were developed by the teachers and trainers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine who took part in the project. The activities presented here cover a range of topics associated with intercultural education that correspond to some of the key elements and competences that the Council of Europe considers to be fundamental for intercultural education.  

Intercultural Cities
A joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, the Intercultural Cities programme aims to  help participating communities adopt a comprehensive, strategic approach to managing diversity by designing intercultural strategies and developing initiatives. Participating cities in the first round were: Berlin Neukölln (Germany); Craiova (Romania); Izhevsk (Russian Federation); Lublin (Poland); Lyon (France); Melitopol (Ukraine); Neuchà¢tel (Switzerland); Reggio Emilia (Italy); Subotica (Serbia); Greenwich (UK); Patras (Greece); Stavropol (Russian Federation). In the meantime, the programme is constantly growing stronger and the Intercultural Cities Index on this Website provides data of 24 cities!

Programme on Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict Prevention
Information on Council of Europe ministerial meeting, activities, publications.

"All Different-All Equal" - European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation
The 2006-2007 Campaign is being organised in partnership with the European Commission and the European Youth Forum. The website provides information for young people, active campaigners, policy makers and the media. A list and contact details of National Campaign Committees (NCC) in the 48 member countries to the European Cultural Convention is provided.

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
ECRI's task is to combat racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance at the level of greater Europe and from the perspective of the protection of human rights.

Country Studies Monitoring Racism and Racial Discrimination (1998-2005)

Specialised Bodies to Combat Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Intolerance at the National Level (2006)

Examples of "Good Practices" in the European Media (2000)

European Union

2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue
Provides an overview of the EU's activities for the Year of Intercultural Dialogue and highlights projects undertaken throughout Europe.

European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World(05/2007)
Commission's strategy for culture was published in May 2007 which  identifies intercultural dialogue among its main priorites; the others being cultural diversity, creativity and innovation and culture as a key element of the EU's external relations activities.

EU Conference and Exhibition on Intercultural Dialogue  (2006)
2006 conference organised by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC)

Catalogues of Good Practice Projects supported by European Commission Programmes
29 Ways to Promote Inter-cultural Understanding: Examples of Best Practice from around Europe

Intercultural Dialogue: Best Practices at the Community Level
Selection of key projects supported by the European Commission Culture 2000 programme.

Le Magazine- Education and Culture in Europe  (2002)
Special issue devoted to a Europe of tolerance and intercultural dialogue, Issue 16, 2002.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Provides comparative information and data on racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the EU member states as well as national measures and action taken to fight against racism and xenophobia.  Its magazine "Equal Voices" can be downloaded from this site.

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures
Provides background information on the Foundation, its activities, network of networks, publications and journalist prize. Applications or calls for proposals are available as is a newsletter.

Research/Debate/Good Practice

Conference "Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue in Development" (12/2012)
On the occasion of the Human Rights Day (10th December), the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) organised this International Conference in Paris. The Conference was attended by 60 participants representing Local Authorities and CSOs coming from the enlarged Europe. The conference has been organized within the framework of the multi-annual WTD – Working Together for Development programme, which aims at exploring the opportunities Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations have in working together to promote more sustainable global development achievements. The discussion focused on the linkages between Human Rights and global development and included speakers like Catherine Lalumière, President of the French Federation of the Houses of Europe, Pierre Barge, Honorary President of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) and Christoph Eberhard, Professor in Anthropology and Theory of the Law at the University of Saint Louis in Brussels.

Cultural Participation of Migrants (11/2012)
A first "InterCultureBarometer" survey was conducted by the Centre for Cultural Research (ZfKf): Based on 2800 interviews, it analyses how migration influences cultural life in Germany.

Culture, Development and Intercultural Dialogue in Central Asia (2010)
The Art and Culture Programme in Uzbekistan is a part of the Regional Arts and Culture Programme funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (
SDC) whose activities reflect the diversity of the local population; support art and culture activities building on a participative approach; promote intercultural dialogue between art and culture actors in the three Central Asia countries Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

MAP for ID - Museums as Places for Intercultural Dialogue  (2009)
S. Bodo, K. Gibbs, M. Sani (eds.), Museums as places for intercultural dialogue: selected practices from Europe, published by MAP for ID partners, 2009.  

Intercultural Dialogue and Digital Culture  (11/2008)
This round table was organised by Culturelink (Zagreb) in November 2008. Participants raised a plethora of issues that need to be taken into account while researching intercultural dialogue and digital culture including outdated concepts of culture, citizenship participation, the continuing digital divide, new opportunities for younger generations, etc. A conference reader can be downloaded from the site.  

Sharing Diversity: National Approaches to Intercultural Dialogue in Europe  (03/2008)
A Europe-wide study undertaken by the ERICarts Institute for the European Commission to map national approaches, policies or strategies in Europe to ICD in the fields of education, culture, youth and sports.  

Intercultural Dialogue in Europe: Flash Eurobarometer  (11/2007)
Reports on how citizens interact with people from different cultural backgrounds and on their attitude towards cultural diversity. Download results from individual countries.

Associazione per l ´Economia della Cultura and the University of Genoa, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature
S. Bodo,  M. R. Cifarelli  (eds): When culture makes the difference. The heritage, arts and media in multicultural society. Proceedings of the conference jointly organised by the University of Genoa and Associazione per l'Economia della Cultura in Genoa, November 2004. Rome: Meltemi, 2006.

Comedia:  Publication Series on the Intercultural City
Jude, Bloomfield; Franco Bianchini: Intercultural City: Planning for the Intercultural City. United Kingdom: Comedia, 2004.
Naseem Kahn: The Road to Interculturalism - Tracking the Arts in a Changing World. United Kingdom: Comedia, 2006.

Platform for Intercultural Euruope
Initiated by the European Cultural Foundation and Culture Action Europe, this  cross-sectoral civil society platform aims to raise awareness of intercultural dialogue and connections in Europe and advocates change on three levels: societal, organisational and policy.

European Forum for Arts and Heritage: Island and Bridges  (2006)
Website of the  EFAH conference on intercultural dialogue and the culture sector entitled, "Islands and Bridges" which took place in Helsinki 5-7 October 2006. Final report of the conference available from the home page. Further reading section of the website provides links to interesting articles by Naseem Kahn, Raj Isar, Dragan Klaic and Therese Kaufman.

European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts): Developing Indicators on Intercultural Dialogue, Cultural Policies and the Compendium
Series of indicators developed in 2004 to collect information on  intercultural dialogue from the point of view of cultural policies in general and the Compendium methodology in particular.

 Interarts:  Cultural Policies and Immigration: Experiences and Reflections  (11/2006)
Final report of  a European seminar organised by Interarts in  Barcelona 21-22 November 2006.


 

              Council of Europe/ERICarts, "Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, 15th edition", 2014 | ISSN 2222-7334