Last call for submissions for the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award

New York/Munich 15 April 2014: Organizations from all over the world are invited to submit their applications by Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 at 5:00 pm New York City time.

Ten organizations with grassroots projects that promote intercultural understanding in new and sustainable ways will be awarded funding and strategic support by the BMW Group and the UNAOC. A total of 100,500 USD is offered to the awardees, of which 40,000 USD goes to the winning project.

The top ten finalists will be invited to present their projects at the 6th UNAOC Global Forum in August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. To be considered, organizations must apply online.

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. With the overarching aim of helping people to help themselves, UNAOC and BMW Group jointly mobilize their resources, time, and networks to support awardees. This new model of collaboration between the UN and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project.

For further information on the Intercultural Innovation Award please visit http://interculturalinnovation.org/ or contact:

BMW Group

Milena Pighi, Corporate Social Responsibility

Email: Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de, Phone: +48 89 382 66563

For information on the Intercultural Innovation Award

Contact Marta Lopez, UNAOC Project Coordinator

Email: martal@unops.org

UNAOC please visit: www.unaoc.org or contact:

For information on UNAOC and interviews with the High Representative contact Ms. Nihal Saad, Spokesperson for the UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

Email: saadn@un.org, Phone: 212-457-1751

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

The Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative of the UN Secretariat General, aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions. The Alliance works with a global network of partners including States, international and regional organizations, civil society, foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities.