The Universal Forum of Cultures – Barcelona, Spain

A laboratory for ideas

In 2004, Barcelona launched the Universal Forum of Cultures to offer the world's cities and citizens a stage to foster a public commitment to dialogue, creativity and common sense for development that is just, humane, sustainable and peaceful. The Forum placed culture at the centre of the agenda, using dialogue, exhibitions and celebrations to promote the spreading of ideas and best practices. This innovative forum has since been taken to other international cities - Monterey (Mexico), Valparaiso (Chile) and Naples (Italy).