In April 2006, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High-Representative for the Alliance. Under his leadership, the Alliance embarked on an extensive program of work which includes a range of practical projects such as:
- The Fellowship Program, which will allow young professionals from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the United States to get acquainted with each other’s culture and get an insider’s view on the values, ideals and challenges that shape each other’s societies
- The Rapid Response Media Mechanism, which connects journalists to a large network of experts capable of providing accurate and balanced comments on issues that threaten to widen intercultural divides (www.globalexpertfinder.org)
- Restore Trust, Rebuild Bridges: a cluster of projects, jointly developed by the Alliance, the Anna Lindh Foundation and other partner organizations to rebuild civil society in the wake of the Gaza crisis
The UN Alliance helps empower young people to develop their own cross-cultural projects, promoting exchanges across cultural divides.
The Alliance Youth Solidarity Fund, which provides support to a range of projects led by young people, empowering them to change perceptions and improve relations between diverse cultural groups.
- Projects that help educate the young so they do not grow up living with fear and hatred, such as the Clearinghouse on Education about Religions and Beliefs, which aims to prepare children for life in a multicultural environment by teaching them about religions and value systems other than their own (www.aocerb.org)
- The Alliance also created a Media Literacy Clearinghouse, an online network providing young minds with the tools they need to navigate the complex world of media and become critical media consumers (www.aocmedialiteracy.org)
The UN Alliance of Civilizations promotes good practices for the successful integration of migrant populations, with the aim of improving intercultural understanding and cooperation.
Plural +, a youth video festival giving young people the opportunity to share their views and opinions about migration, diversity and inclusive societies
- Dialogue Café, which uses cutting edge third generation video conferencing technology to facilitate dialogue between young people in different parts of the world