As part of its five-year plan, UNAOC seeks to encourage the engagement of individuals in UNAOC activism, through campaigns and by promoting initiatives that call upon personal participation, such as the “World Interfaith Harmony Week”, every first week of February.
Models of individual engagement — namely among youth — merging activism and exchanges:
- PEACE App is a contest that invites app and video game developers to create apps or mobile games designed to generate new opportunities for intercultural dialogue and conflict prevention.
- Entrepreneurs 4 Social Change brings together 20 to 25 aspiring young social entrepreneurs (aged between 18 and 35 years old) from the Euro-Med region for a targeted 5-day training developed by leading social entrepreneurs from the region.
- Fellowship Programme (www.unaoc.org/fellowship) is for emerging leaders (aged between 28 and 38 years old) from the Arab world and the Western world who want to meet and exchange ideas with key decision makers, grassroots organizations, media, local communities and religious groups.
- PLURAL+ (pluralplus.unaoc.org) is a youth video festival and competition for young people from 9 to 25 years old and is organized in partnership with the International Organization for Migration and the support of more than thirty partners from around the world.
- UNAOC-EF Summer School (www.unaocefsummerschool.org) brings together 75 to 100 youth (aged between 18 and 35) from around the world to address pressing global challenges within the context of cultural and religious diversity during a 7-day event.
As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Alliance seeks to mobilize the will, the know-how, ideas, experiences and initiatives of governments, international organizations and non-state actors. Its success depends on advocacy, expertise, support and involvement of multiple actors, at all levels.
As such, the Alliance seeks to expand the scope of the existing networks and beyond:
- Networks of Universities and researchers, built around specific issues or brought together as communities of knowledge, to enlighten, advise and contribute to the development of clearinghouses.
- Networks of foundations willing to engage with UNAOC and support common projects.
- Private sector networks , with the support of the UN Global Compact.
- Networks of NGOs and grassroots organizations dealing with a wide range of cross-cultural related issues.
- Networks of representatives of faith-based initiatives and religious communities which can help foster their contribution to bridge divides and strengthen their role in conflict prevention.
UNAOC can play the role of a catalyst and match-maker encouraging individuals, foundations, governments to get involved in UNAOC activism.