Recognition from UNAOC-BMW Group’s Intercultural Innovation Hub


In May 2023, Welcoming Cities became one of ten global grassroots initiatives recognised by the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Hub during a ceremony held in Berlin, Germany.

A partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, implemented with the support of Accenture, the Intercultural Innovation Hub recognises and supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, and contribute to peace, cultural diversity, and inclusive societies.

“Civil society is evolving in dynamic and impactful ways, with grassroots-level innovations at the forefront of driving meaningful change. The organizations we recognized through the Intercultural Innovation Hub exemplify just that. We are proud to amplify their contribution to diversity, mutual respect, and inclusion. Further, we celebrate our lasting collaboration with BMW Group as we continue to connect, empower, and elevate these grassroots initiatives,” said Miguel Ángel Moratinos, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for UNAOC.

“At the BMW Group, we recognise that intercultural understanding enriches the communities we are acting in. That is why we are so proud of our strong partnership with UNAOC. The Intercultural Innovation Hub enables us to highlight some of the remarkable cross-cultural work being done worldwide. Our commitment to the recipients includes relevant resources we can offer that can promote these initiatives. This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into practice that evolves local communities and improves people’s lives,” said Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG People and Real Estate, Labour Relations Director.

‘The continued success of multicultural Australia depends on our society’s ability to embrace diversity and foster social cohesion. We appreciate the support of the Intercultural Innovation Hub in creating more opportunities for equal participation and contribution of all members of the society, and sustain a welcoming community,’ emphasised Aleem Ali, CEO of Welcoming Australia.

The recipients of the Intercultural Innovation Hub will benefit from funding, as well as a comprehensive 12-month capacity-building and mentoring programme. We’re delighted to be honoured amongst an incredible group of grassroots change-makers globally, and look forward to the year ahead.

Head to the UNAOC website for all the details and to learn about the other amazing recipients.

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