NCCRI Journal: Spectrum January 08 - special issue on Ireland's Strategy for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008
National Ambassadors of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008
European Year of Intercultural Dialog 2008: Mid-Way Progress Report for Ireland January–May 2008
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Following a decision of the European Parliament and Council, 2008 has been designated European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The general objectives of year are to promote dialogue as a process in which all those living in the EU and member states can improve their ability to live together in a way that acknowledges and celebrates, diversity but which also promotes common values.
In the context of the significant inward migration into Ireland in recent years and the consequent growing diversity that is a feature of our society, the European Year presents a unique opportunity to promote dialogue and understanding about the challenges and opportunities arising from this diversity.
In Ireland a steering group has been established to help coordinate the Year which is comprised of Government Departments and key stakeholders from civil society including NGO’s working with minority ethnic groups; Congress and IBEC and bodies such as the Arts Council and Culture Ireland. The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) has been designated national coordinating body for the Year.
Based on the priorities set out at EU level, a draft strategy for the Year was presented and discussed at a series of public consultative meetings from October to December 2007. The strategy emphasises the importance of dialogue as one of the key components in building an intercultural society in Ireland which values diverstiy, equality and interaction but which also values a shared sense of place and cohesion. It focuses on six key programmes; Arts and Culture, Community Participation and Sports, Business and Trade Union, Service Providers (in particular Education) and four Cross Cutting Themes ( Young People, Women, North - South cooperation and an EU and International Focus). The strategy was launched by President Mary McAleese in an event at the Mansion House, Dublin on 24 January 2008.
For further information on the strategy, programmes and priorities please contact: Fionuala Cregan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 018588000
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