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2014 Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony Jointly Given by UN Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group

Ban Ki-Moon Encourages Youth Active Innovation in His Remarks

 (IESCO reported by Duan Ying and Fan Chunyan) The Youth event of the sixth Global Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) as an important platform to discuss how to strengthen mutual understanding and exchanges among different countries, ethnic groups and cultures closed on Aug. 28, 2014 in Bali Island, Indonesia. In the same evening, UN Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group jointly hosted 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. Director-General of International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO) and Chairman of Ecological Civilization Committee of UNAOC Dr. Jiang Mingjun also attended the event.

The annual Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) was set up by UN Alliance of Civilizations in partnership with BMW Group in 2011 to create a brand new communication mode for peoples and societies of varying cultural background. Its task is to pick out the highly innovative sustainable development programs conducted by common folks and promising NGOs. Meanwhile, it aims to make contribution to peace and prosperity for the global community.

The finalists this year come from all corners of the world and represented countries from the six continents. In the process of selection, the IIA emphasizes interculture innovation, delivering its promise of populzarizing cultural diversity and mutual understanding to the world.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in his speech, without the involvement of youth, the world can not deliver its ambition of building a peaceful and sustainable future. He encouraged the youth participants to take innitiatives, broaden their horizens and carry out innovations forcefully to grow into global citizens who can shape the fture. He also said, people of different regions should not be divided by divergencies in ehthics, faiths, cutures, etc., and the differences among people should become the basis for common prosperity and richness of the entire mankind.

All together, there are 11 programs entering the IIA final lists this year and ten of them won the awards. The awardees will be provided with the professional knowledge and rich resources by UN Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group. Except for financial support, the finalists will have the opportunity to attend international training activities and seminars in all related fields. The seminars will be hosted by experienced training specialists and BMW staff. Even all finalists will be incorporated into the group of "Intercultural Leaders", which is an online platform committed to promote mutual understanding and respect among cultures. The members are all leaders in their respective fields.








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