Rainbow Paper consultation

September 2007 - consultation

Rainbow Paper on Intercultural Dialogue. 130 contributions from 28 countries for the consultation!

The Civil Society Platform arranged a European-wide consultation (conducted in four languages), which asked eight questions on how to improve and encourage intercultural dialogue. The mobilisation efforts of the networks active in the Platform were very successful: 130 contributions were made from 28 countries in two and a half months. Organisations from Azerbaijan to Portugal eagerly transmitted their ideas and experience on intercultural dialogue, and the response from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe was unexpectedly strong. The added value of the Platform could already be seen; it connects different approaches and creates a solidarity of effort and optimism about the possibility of progressing further to respectful cultural interaction becoming a European norm.

A first glance at the results confirmed that those concerned with intercultural dialogue work on many different issues including:

  • Diversity due to contemporary migration
  • East-West rapprochement
  • Reconciliation after violent conflict
  • Inter-religious dialogue
  • The Roma as a key European minority etc.

Around 30 Platform participants and contributors to the consultation discussed the consultation during a workshop retreat on 19-21 October. The first draft of the resulting recommendations, known as the Rainbow Paper I, was presented at the opening of the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID), within Slovenia’s Presidency of the EU.

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