BAKU: German community integration project wins UN intercultural innovation award

A project platform and network that makes social engagement and neighbourhood work accessible to Berlin's large non-German speaking population – winner of an intercultural innovation award at a United Nations forum in Baku today – was sparked by one woman's own migrant experience and the rise of xenophobia in Europe.

Principles of tolerance and respect can help address global challenges – UN officials

Top United Nations officials today urged world leaders to promote tolerance and respect, adding that these principles can contribute to resolving conflicts, such as those in Syria and Mali, as well as addressing a host of other global challenges.

At Alliance of Civilizations meeting, Ban calls for tolerance and cooperation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for tolerance and cooperation amidst the global economic crisis and the political transitions taking place in several Arab countries, and called on countries to strengthen their partnerships and engage in dialogue.

UN unit on inter-cultural understanding launches online educational tool

The United Nations campaign for understanding between faiths and cultures, known as the Alliance of Civilizations, today launched a website designed to foster dialogue and debate on media literacy.

Secretary-General celebrates writings and influence of renowned Persian poet

The writings of Abu Abdullah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki, the poet considered to have laid the foundations of Persian classical literature, should serve as an inspiration to international efforts to combat extremism and attempts to divide peoples and cultures, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

New UN-backed scheme seeks to boost employment for youth in Middle East

A new United Nations-backed initiative has been launched to create employment opportunities for young people in the Middle East, where nearly three-quarters of youth are unemployed in some of the region’s countries.

Condemning 'offensively anti-Islamic' video, Ban Ki-moon appeals for calm

Secretary-General today led a chorus of United Nations condemnation of the Internet broadcast of a video made by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, describing it as “offensively anti-Islamic,” while he also called on those upset by the film to remain calm.

Ban Ki-moon to attend Madrid forum on bridging divide between Islam and West

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head to Spain next week for the first United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum aimed at promoting the global campaign launched by the world body to help overcome prejudices between nations and cultures and to promote interfaith dialogue.

Diversity should be celebrated, Secretary-General tells scholars’ gathering

In the face of increasing intercultural and inter-religious tensions, it is necessary to remember that diversity is not a threat, but a virtue, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering of scholars in Beijing today.

Today’s global challenges aggravated by intolerance – Ban Ki-moon

Promoting tolerance is a vital part of tackling many of today's global challenges which, though mostly political in nature, are aggravated and rendered intractable by the distrust, and even hostility, among different cultural and religious groups, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering on bridging the divide between Islam and the West.