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Diversity policies in European institutions: intercultural cities

Irena Guidikova presents the case of the intercultural cities network to explain how cultural diversity can be concretely promoted in Europe

Irena Guidikova presents her institution, the Council of Europe, which gathers a wide variety of countries and operates to promote cultural diversity in two ways:

First, it strives to eliminate discriminations, through the European Convention on Human Rights as well as other instruments.

Second, the Council of Europe promotes diversity as an asset. More precisely, Irena Guidikova presents the Intercultural City network, which helps cities to manage cultural diversity as a resource. She develops the case of Botkirka in Sweden, where the building of trust between citizens and institutions contributed to alleviate social unrest.

What do you think about the role that cities can play in managing diversity?

And what is the role that programmes such as the Intercultural Cities programme of the Council of Europe can play in this respect?

Can you think of similar examples/challenges in your own city/country?

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