Media Advisory: 2021 Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony
18 November 2021, 6pm UTC+4 (9:00am EST), EXPO 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The 2021 Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony, a celebration of innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue around the world, will take place on 18 November, 6:00pm Dubai time (GMT+4), as part of the themed week on Tolerance and Inclusivity at this year’s Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Following a competitive selection process with over 1,100 applications received from 120 countries, ten finalists will be jointly announced by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group.
18 November 2021, 6pm Dubai time (GMT+4)
The event will be livestreamed from the German Pavilion at this year’s Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
📺 Join us live here: https://interculturalinnovation.org/iiaward2021/
💻 The Ceremony will be covered live on Twitter. Join the social media conversation through the official hashtag: #iiaward2021
Since 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have been bestowing the Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) to projects around the world that promote intercultural understanding and diverse, inclusive societies. Since its inception, a total of 61 award-winning organizations have been able to reach more than five million people worldwide with their projects. For more information about IIA, please visit www.interculturalinnovation.org.
The Ceremony will be chaired by Mr. Miguel Moratinos, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and Ms. Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources, Labour Relations Director.
The spotlight will be on ten representatives of ten organizations comprising this year’s cohort of Intercultural Innovation Award recipients. The top ten winning organizations and their projects will be revealed during the Ceremony. Stay tuned.
Eminent high-level guests include, among others:
- His Highness Sheikh Mana bin Rashid Al Makhtoum
- Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Managing Director for the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and Member of the Higher Committee of Dubai Expo 2020
- His Excellency Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, Secretary-General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
- His Excellency Malraj De Silva, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates
- His Excellency Iñigo de Palacio, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates
- His Excellency Mohammed Dansanta Rimi, Ambassador of Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates
- His Excellency Fernando Igreja, Ambassador of Brazil to the United Arab Emirates