UNAOC and BMW Group Renew Ground-Breaking Partnership

            UNAOC and BMW Group Renew Ground-Breaking Partnership

  PR Newswire

  NEW YORK and MUNICH, September 30, 2013

NEW YORK and MUNICH, September 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

During the Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends Ministerial meeting held
on Friday at the United Nations headquarters, a major public-private
partnership between BMW Group and the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was
renewed. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for UNAOC
and Mr. Bill McAndrews, BMW Group Vice President, signed the agreement in the
presence of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ministers from over 100
countries, and the heads of international organizations as well as media
representatives. Mr. McAndrews was participating in the ministerial meeting
which was convened by Mr. Al-Nasser during the 68th Session of the UN General

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This renewal brings an exemplary shared project, The Intercultural Innovation
Award , to a new level of activity, thereby highlighting the potential of
public-private partnerships in furthering the international community's goals.
The Intercultural Innovation Award is a global venture, to identify and
provide monetary and in-kind support to grassroots initiatives that are
working to alleviate identity-based tensions and conflicts around the world.
Last year, the award benefitted over 140,000 individuals around the world.
This represented a two-fold increase from the previous year. Additionally,
since its inception, the award has tripled the number of communities it is
helping people in.

The two parties believe that this new model of collaboration between the UN
and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both provide their respective
expertise to ensure the growth of each project. Crucially, this renewal means
an increase in the level of support that will be provided to the initiatives
identified through the award. Both partners manage the award jointly -
mobilizing their resources, time, and networks to support the awardees.

For further questions please contact: 

BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Milena Pighi Social Responsibility tel: +49-89-382-21248 email:

Alexander Bilgeri Head of Business, Finance and Sustainability Communications
tel: +49-89-382-24544 email: Alexander.Bilgeri@bmw.de
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