The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was established in 2005, at the political initiative of Mr. Kofi Anan, former UN Secretary General and co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey. A High-Level Group of experts was formed by Mr. Annan to explore the roots of polarization between societies and cultures today, and recommend a practical programme of action to address the issue. The Report of the High-Level Group provided analysis and put forward practical recommendations, which is at the basis of the UNAOC implementation plan. In 2013, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser became UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, operating with UNAOC Secretariat from New York City.
The UNAOC has developed strong relationships with a wide range of partners such as States and governments, global and regional organizations, civil society groups, private foundations, media, and grass-root initiatives, with the objective to improve cross-cultural understanding between peoples and societies. The High-Level Group has identified four priority areas in its 2006 report: Education, Youth, Migration, Media. The UNAOC projects and activities revolve around these areas, guided by the assumption that they can play a critical role in reducing intercultural tensions and in building bridges between nations.
Under the UN Charter principles, the High-Level Group reports, and UN Secretariat’s priorities, the UNAOC works toward a more peaceful and more inclusive world. It seeks to encourage mutual respect between peoples of multiple cultures, faiths and origins, in order to reject extremism and embrace diversity. The UNAOC also aims at issuing recommendations to solve identity-based crisis and to promote cultural awareness in policy-making processes. The Highlevel group described UNAOC as an entity whose mission is to fight xenophobia and promote harmony between nations. It has been described by UN Secretary-General as a soft power tool for bridging divides and promoting understanding between countries or identity groups, while preventing conflict and promoting social cohesion.
Eligible participants must be:
- From the Middle East or North Africa
- Born between January 1st 1977 and December 31st 1990
- Fluent in English
- Be directly involved, at a personal and/or professional level, within the field of Migration and Integration through governmental position, politics, civil society, media, community/faith based associations and initiatives, academia, think-tanks, arts, and any other fields relevant to the Fellowship Programme’s objective.
- In the possession of a passport valid at least 9 months beyond October 2015 (July 2016 and beyond)
- Available to travel for a period of 15 days in the first half of October 2015 as scheduled by UNAOC
If you meet each of the above-mentioned criteria, your application will then be evaluated as explained in the next section.
Through this evaluation process, the selection jury will be looking for applicants with strong interest in learning more about EUNA countries and their cultures. To be selected, participants should have concrete ideas on how to engage with peers and partners from EUNA countries.
The jury will also be assessing professional accomplishment and personal involvement in the field of Migration and Integration, and will look for applicants with potential of shaping opinion and taking strong initiatives within their community.
Shortlisted candidates might be contacted for a 10-minute Skype or phone interview.
For applications meeting the eligibility criteria, a selection jury composed of UNAOC staff, Migration and Integration experts and professionals, and other relevant partners, will review each submission through a double-blind review process.
While selecting participants, the jury will also make sure to apply the following requirements for each cohort to be:
- Gender balanced
- Region balanced between participants from North Africa and the Middle East
- Limited to two participants per country
- Professionally balanced with no more than a third of the participants working in the same industry.
To preserve the above-mentioned balance and to ensure the quality and diversity of participants, the selection jury will select the next highest scoring candidate to replace the lowest scoring redundant candidate.
How to apply?
Please complete your application no later than Friday July 10th 2015 at 11:59PM GMT
Your file should include:
- Your application filled in English
- Your resume
- A scan of your passport
Only complete applications meeting the eligibility criteria and sent before the deadline will be
Application Form Instructions
- Only fill in the following application if you meet all the eligibility criteria mentioned above in Section 3. Eligibility criteria.
- The application is to be completed in English only
- The application is to be completed truthfully and in its entirety
- Make sure to attach all the documents required in Section 6. How to Apply?
- Do not attach anything else but the documents required in Section 6. How to Apply?
Disclaimer: UNAOC reserves the right to not select any applicants, or to cancel the Fellowship
Programme for any reason. UNAOC accepts no liability for cancelling the Fellowship
Programme or for anyone’s failure to receive actual notification of cancellation.