Latest development at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

SAGE Foundation has partnered with the UNAOC in order to launch the UNAOC-BMW Award for Intercultural Innovation (“The Award”). This annual Award will identify highly innovative initiatives that are advancing cross-cultural understanding among different communities and cultures around the world.

For future recipients of the Award, alongside a monetary prize, winning will mean receiving direct support from the UNAOC and its powerful network composed of civil society, corporate, government, media and foundation partners in order to scale up and replicate them in various settings.
By encouraging new intercultural methods and approaches, the Award is unique in its category and offers very promising and inspiring results. The call for applications is being disseminated among our network of civil society organizations, private and public sector undertakings as well as individuals who have achieved measurable results. The 2011 Application Guidelines are attached or can be found by simply visiting the websites: www.unaoc.org/unaoc-bmwgroup-award/ and http://in.news.yahoo.com/aoc-partner-bmw-award-intercultural-innovation-033827826.html.

PRESS RELEASE
BMW Group and UN Alliance of Civilizations Launch Award to Foster Innovation in Cross-cultural Dialogue

Application forms now available online

Munich – New York, August 22, 2011. In an unprecedented partnership with the private sector, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is joining hands with the BMW Group to launch an Award for Intercultural Innovation. The name of the award is BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation in support of the Alliance of Civilizations, under the auspices of the United Nations.

The annual award will identify highly innovative initiatives that are advancing cross-cultural understanding between different communities and cultures.  For future recipients of the award, alongside a monetary prize, winning will mean receiving support from the UNAOC and its powerful network of civil society, corporate, government, media and foundation partners. The specific assistance provided will depend on the individual needs of each project.

By providing support to emerging intercultural initiatives, the UNAOC and the BMW Group aim to encourage innovation in the field while helping winners expand their projects, make them more impactful, and replicate them in other settings where they might be useful.

Both BMW Group and the UNAOC come with a track-record of having supported intercultural projects around the world for many new years.  The new award builds on such previous efforts.

The ten most innovative initiatives in the area of intercultural understanding will be distinguished for the first time at an award ceremony that will take place during the Fourth Annual UNAOC Forum in Doha, Qatar in December 2011. Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.unaoc.org/unaoc-bmwgroup-award/ and must be submitted by October 16, 2011.

Intercultural understanding has a long tradition in the BMW Group

As an international company with a multinational workforce, the BMW Group has recognized the importance of mutual cooperation between different cultural groups for decades. Through the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning/Commitment the

company has recognized innovative projects and personalities around the world for 14 years, for their support to sustainable and open relationships between international communities. Hundreds of projects and documents have been received in which people express their ideas for intercultural cooperation either within their own neighbourhoods or at trans-regional level. Over the long history of this award, more than 40 projects and academic papers have been awarded. Current awardees are supported for a whole year by employees of the company.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General which aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions.  It also helps to counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism. The UNAOC was established in 2005, at the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations and under the leadership of Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the UNAOC.

For further information please visit http://www.unaoc.org/unaoc-bmwgroup-award/ or contact:

Konstanze Carreras,
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
Corporate Social Responsibility
Phone: +49-89-382-52894, Fax: + 49-89-382-28017

Jean-Christophe Bas, Senior Advisor
Strategic Developments and Partnerships, UNAOC
Phone: +1-212-457-1090, Fax: +1-212-457-4032

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