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UNAOC & BMW search for Projects that Promote Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding

May 19, 2015, 9:35 UTC+3
Eligible Organizations Should Apply by 30 September 2015
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NEW YORK and MUNICH, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award. Grassroots initiatives that are working to alleviate identity-based tensions and conflicts around the world using innovative methods are encouraged to apply online at The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 5:00pm in New York.

Ten organizations will receive the Intercultural Innovation Award following a rigorous selection process.  Awardees will be given a financial contribution to help their project expand and replicate, with a first prize of USD 40 000. They will also take part in a one-year support program that includes training and capacity-building, increased visibility, access to a network of change makers working in intercultural dialogue and ongoing project-specific mentoring.

"Honoring grassroots organizations that are deeply committed to improving relations across communities and people lies at the core of the Alliance's work. That we are doing in this partnership with the BMW Group is further evidence of the innovative approaches we pursue," said H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Added Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President Corporate Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications at BMW Group, "Our commitment to the awardees extends beyond financial support to include every relevant resource we can offer. This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into a reality that improves peoples' lives."

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the UNAOC and BMW Group. With the overarching aim of helping people to help themselves, the two partners jointly mobilize their resources, time, and networks to support awardees. This new model of collaboration between the UN and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project. For the third edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award, more than 600 applications were received from over 100 different countries.

For enquiries, please contact:

Milena Pighi, BMW Group, Corporate Communications, Spokesperson CSR 
Telephone: +49-89-382-66563, Fax: +49-89-382-24418,  

Alessandro Girola, Project Management Specialist – Intercultural Innovation
Telephone: +1- 929-274-6217, Fax: +1-929-274-6233,


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