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Cultures with Vivendi: Intercultural Dialogue

This section provides bridges between continents, invites to learn more about other cultures and fosters a spirit of openness via a number of testimonials and reports.

"Culture(s) with Vivendi" is in line with Vivendi's corporate social responsibility strategy, which aims to promote cultural diversity, facilitate access to knowledge, encourage the expression of talent and participation in cultural life, and promote a spirit of openness.


Launched on 21 May 2012, Culture(s) with Vivendi aims at providing a concrete illustration of the role played by cultural and creative industries in fostering economic growth, enhancing social cohesion and fuelling innovation. The website is composed of four parts:

  • the "Artist Inspiration" section shows the diversity of musical and cinematographic influences that help artistic creativity to flourish;

  • the "Creative jobs" section presents the value chain and the wealth of career paths within the cultural industries, explained by actual professionals in the field

  • the "Intercultural Dialogue" section demonstrates the linkages between culture and mutual understanding;

  • the "De Facto" section puts culture at the heart of sustainable development through facts and figures, testimonies and reports. "De Facto"  is a forum for those to want to highlight the linkages between culture, human development, openness, access to knowledge and fight against poverty. It serves as a resource center gathering the statements on why and how culture should be integrated within the new world sustainable development agenda and the Millennium Goals that will be agreed on for 2015-2030.

Projects and Programmes
Researcher Profiles

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue posts researcher profiles to aid those interested in intercultural dialogue in locating international colleagues sharing topics and activities.

Media
See UNESCO’s Newest World Heritage Sites

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization convened in Manama, Bahrain, for the 42nd session of the annual World Heritage Committee. Representatives from 21 States Parties were tasked with selecting new World Heritage sites, monitoring the conservation of current sites, and reviewing the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Nominees must meet one of 10 criteria—six cultural and four natural—ranging from Earth's most biodiverse landscapes to artistic works of universal significance. This year, the committee recognized 19 new sites for their “outstanding universal value,” extended the boundaries of Central Sikhote-Alin, a Russian biosphere reserve, and removed the Belize Barrier Reef from the List of World Heritage in Danger

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations,” according to UNESCO's mission statement. “Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”

Publications
Labour migration in the Asia-Pacific region

Jay Song of the Lowy Institute has published a paper examining the nature of Labour Migration in Asia-Pacific region and its relationship to pathways for people seeking asylum. The paper aims to identify ways in which countries can extend legal labour-based schemes to refugees and people seeking asylum, who might otherwise be at risk from people smugglers and human traffickers.

 

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Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue

In 2014 the Center for Intercultural Dialogue began publishing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, available as free PDFs.

There are currently 90 concepts published, with translations into over 2 dozen languages.

Publications
Enhancing Cultural Competency A Resource Kit for Health Care Professionals

This resource kit was jointly developed by the Alberta Children’s Hospital/Child and Women’s Health Diversity Program Coordinator, and the Program Facilitator, Mental Health Diversity Program (2002-2007), with the assistance of a project worker, in response to an identified staff need for easily accessible information on cultural diversity. The information is intended to assist health professionals in providing culturally competent care to individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Cultural Competency 2010 Measures and Implementation Strategies

In 2009, the National Quality Forum endorsed a framework for measuring and reporting the delivery of culturally competent care and a set of 45 preferred practices for cultural competency. An expert panel was later convened to provide expertise and strategic direction for measurement of the National Quality Forum-endorsed preferred practices. This report presents the recommendations and findings of that panel, which evaluated the cultural competency practices and focuses on broad issues related to the development of the survey measure measurement gaps, and strategies for implementing the practices.

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Cultural competence in mental health care: a review of model evaluations

Cultural competency is now a core requirement for mental health professionals working with culturally diverse patient groups. Cultural competency training may improve the quality of mental health care for ethnic groups. A systematic review that included evaluated models of professional education or service delivery.

Courses / trainings
Peace Dialogue Campus Network: Fostering Positive Attitudes between Migrants and Youth in Hosting Societies

The project aims to foster a more peaceful generation in Europe and in Turkey that approaches migrants with positive attitudes to overcome prejudices, tackle discrimination and help social inclusion through intercultural communication. It will aim to achieve this objective via an international peace dialogue campus network of university students, led by 30 "Peace Envoys".

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Journal of Intercultural Communication

A Journal published since 1999 by the Immigrant Insitute, Sweden. It is a branch out of the Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication.