UNAOC-BMW Group Award for Intercultu​ral Innovation

Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management and SAGE Foundation, as the disseminating partners of UNAOC and GDF send you the latest update on the United Nations/ BMW Award. Please forward this to deserving individuals or organizations who you think will qualify for this prestigious award.

Press Release
23 September 2011

UN Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group sign agreement for the Award for Intercultural Innovation

BMW Group to expand its commitment to intercultural understanding The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group are pooling their expertise in the area of intercultural understanding in a joint initiative, the ‘Award for Intercultural Innovation’. An agreement will be signed today at the UN’s New York Headquarters as part of the 66th UN General Assembly by President Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance, and Konstanze Carreras, Senior Official for Corporate Social Responsibility of the BMW Group. The signature will take place in the presence of ministers from over 130 countries and international organizations and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

Munich / New York.

The ‘BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation in support of the Alliance of Civilizations under the auspices of the United Nations’ is a unique award in its category, and represents a new kind of partnership between the private sector and the UN system. The partnership will select highly innovative projects that promote exchange and cross-cultural understanding, and hence make a vital contribution to safety and peace in societies around the world. The ten most outstanding projects in the area of intercultural understanding will be recognized for the first time in an award ceremony held during the fourth Annual UNAOC Forum in Doha (Qatar) on December 12th this year.

President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, recently stated, “To succeed in bridging our world’s growing divides, we need to launch cutting-edge programs that provide shared solutions to our common problems. Through the Award for Intercultural Innovation, both the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group are fostering imagination and creativity to build collaboration among cultures.”

“Together with the UN Alliance of Civilizations, we are now taking our efforts in this field to a new level,” comments Harald Krüger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG and Patron of the Award for Intercultural Innovation. “The cooperation with UNAOC allows us to pool strengths, to reach even more people and to increase the efficiency of our international commitment.”

Through its commitment to social entrepreneurship, with programs such as the BMW Group Award and numerous others, the BMW Group has promoted cooperative dialogue between different cultures for decades.

In addition to the award itself and the prize money that comes with it, the winners will be able to draw on support and consulting services from the ‘World Intercultural Facility for Innovation’ (WIFI), a program initiated by the UNAOC in cooperation with the BMW Group. The WIFI will help award-winning projects become more efficient and expand, as well as enable their transfer to other contexts or settings. The specific support that projects receive will depend on their individual demands.

Deadline for applications: 16 October 2011
Organizations can submit their proposals by 16 October 2011. Application forms are available for download at www.interculturalinnovation.org.

For additional information, please refer to www.interculturalinnovation.org.

For further queries, please contact:

BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
Konstanze Carreras, Corporate Social Responsibility
Konstanze.Carreras@bmw.de, phone: +49 89 382-52894

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

The BMW Group
With its brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is one of the world’s most successful premium manufacturers of cars and motorcycles. The international Group operates 25 production and assembly sites in 14 countries as well as a global sales network with offices in more than 140 countries.

Thinking ahead and acting responsibly have always been crucial prerequisites of the BMW Group’s economic success. The company’s strategy includes the full commitment to ecological and social sustainability along the entire value chain, comprehensive product responsibility, and the conservation of resources.

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
The UN Alliance of Civilizations was established in 2005 as an initiative of the UN Secretary General, under the cosponsorship of the President of the Government of Spain and the Prime Minister of Turkey. It emerged out of a conviction that, in order to achieve sustainable peace, long-standing divisions and misperceptions between cultures need to be addressed. In April 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the Alliance. It is supported by a growing Group of Friends of 129 governments and international organizations.

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