United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Placido Domingo in
VIENNA, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Viennese Volkstheatre was host to the UNAOC and the BMW Group last night in celebration of The Intercultural Innovation Award. The coveted international Award is part of an unprecedented
partnership between the UNAOC and the BMW Group. Designed to contribute
towards social stability and economic growth in multicultural
societies, the Award is given to innovative grassroots projects
promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding.
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During last night's award ceremony, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Mexico based Puerta Joven as the top winner of the 2012 Intercultural Innovation Award. President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Incoming United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of
Civilizations, and Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President, Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market
Communications, BMW Group, presented the Award. UNESCO Goodwill
Ambassador Placido Domingo was also in attendance to congratulate all the winners.
"I commend the leadership shown by the BMW Group in supporting this
Award and the projects that are being recognized," stated the Secretary-General. "The creative solutions being showcased tonight hold lessons for all
communities and for organizations such as the United Nations."
The top five finalists of the Award receive financial support for their
projects totalling USD 100,000. However, all awardees of The
Intercultural Innovation Award become members of the World Intercultural Facility for Innovation (WIFI). Initiated by the UNAOC and the BMW Group, WIFI is a platform for all
awardees to connect with potential donors, mentors and previous winners. Awardees benefit from customized expertise and resources of both the BMW Group
and the UNAOC in the areas of public relations, fundraising, staff planning and
The Award ceremony took place in the eve of the 5th UNAOC Global Forum where delegations from 135 countries and
international organizations, youth, civil society organizations and
corporate sector have gathered in Vienna to address the importance of
intercultural dialogue. "The Intercultural Innovation Award is the best
example of the UN Alliance of Civilizations commitment to action. Both
the Alliance and the BMW Group are committed to helping these winners
increase their impact and expand their range of action," stated Al-Nasser.
Bill McAndrews stated, "On behalf of the BMW Group, I wish to congratulate all of the
awardees. The BMW Group and UNAOC are committed to supporting
initiatives through this Award which have a long-lasting effect and
sustainable, positive impact. We look forward to supporting their
projects; and helping turn their ideas into accomplishments in the
months and years ahead."
1st Prize $50,000 USD: Puerta Joven - Languages of Youth (Mexico)
Puerta Joven brings together indigenous youth groups who are
discriminated because of their cultural identity or language. Their
program fosters youth cultural expressions through mobile phones.
Professional filmmakers visit schools and community centers teaching
young beneficiaries how to use creative tools found in mobile phones to
develop short films.
2nd Prize $20,000 USD: Plain Ink - When Change Reads Like a Book (Italy)
Plain Ink is a pioneering, non-profit social venture harnessing the
power of stories, comics and children's books to help children and
communities overcome the stumbling blocks of poverty and social
3rd Prize $15,000 USD: Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group -
Recycling as Bridge and Binder (India)
Through recycling, Chintan's project promotes understanding between poor
migrants and the middle class and wealthy residents of New Delhi.
Recycling in urban India is undertaken by marginalized migrants.
4th Prize $10,000 USD: Kapamagogopa Inc. (KI) Volunteers - Muslim Youth
Volunteering for Interfaith Dialogue and Understanding (Philippines)
Kapamagogopa (KI) is the first and only systematized Muslim volunteer
sending program in the Philippines. Young Muslims are mobilized to work
as volunteers in non-Muslim organizations to promote development to
non-Muslim and Muslim communities in Mindanao.
5th Prize $5,000 USD: TakingITGlobal (TIG) - TakingITGlobal Online Community
TakingITGlobal (TIG) works at the intersection of the growing youth
demographic, globalization, and the rise of the information society to
empower young people as active global citizens and agents of change.
Honorable mentions were given to the other finalists. Further
information available on: http://www.bmwgroup.com/award
Photos of the Award ceremony can be downloaded on: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/
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