The Vienna Hub Promotes Dialogue
Vienna as a place of diversity
Austria has a long-standing tradition in promoting dialogue between and among different cultures and religions, which is not least attributable to the cul-tural diversity that characterises Austrian society. Vienna plays an important role as a pluralistic and multi-religious hub for dialogue within societies and across borders that focuses on building confi-dence and peace while dismantling prejudice and stereotypes.
Since 2014, outstanding and innovative projects that successfully promote intercultural dialogue worldwide have been officially recognised by the Inter-cultural Achievement Award established by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. The award was conceived as an incentive for non-profit organisations to use and further develop methods for dialogue. At the same time this award aims to further consolidate Vienna’s position as a hub for strengthening intercultural dialogue in international and multilateral fora.
Vienna, as an active and committed member, also hosted the 5th UNAOC Global Forum in 2013. In the field of international relations both UNAOC and KAICIID pursue an approach aimed at promoting a culture of peace through the “soft power” tool of dialogue.
With one of its headquarters in Vienna, the United Nations is an indispensable partner in international intercultural and interreligious dialogue. In the context of its efforts towards promoting under-standing between cultures, Vienna cooperates closely with multilateral dialogue initiatives, including the UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC), the King Abdullah International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) and numerous civil society initiatives.