As an event initiated by the four mayors from Marseille and the surrounding region, co-ordinated by the “Hôtel du Nord” co-operative and supported by Marseille-Provence 2013, the Bouches-du-Rhône Council, the European Commission and the Council of Europe, the Marseille Forum will address issues relating to human rights, cultural diversity and identity, the integration of minorities and disadvantaged groups, the prevention of intolerance and discrimination, inter-faith dialogue and action in disadvantaged urban and peri-urban areas, etc.
The main objectives of the forum are to :
- Extract from this grassroots experience an interpretation of the framework convention that underlines its most innovative aspects, in particular concerning the “social values of heritage” and the “values of heritage for society” ;
- Provide a common reference framework for ongoing or future activities in European countries which can help implement the principles of the framework convention so as to respond to the social challenges facing Europe ;
- Launch a communication activity concerning the principles of the framework convention so as to promote its ratification among states ;
- Implement appropriate follow-up to the results of the forum, in particular by identifying pointers for public policies and approaches for developing multi-criteria indicators for assessing the implementation of the framework convention at national level, as well as identifying good examples of projects.
The Marseille Forum will bring local players (public authorities, residents, Marseille-Provence 2013, civil society) together with an international panel of representatives of the 21 Council of Europe member states which have signed the framework convention (ambassadors, national authorities, elected representatives, civil servants), other interested countries and the various directorates of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. During the one-and-a-half-day forum, the panel will first go and meet the heritage communities and find out about their activities by taking part in four “urban walks” which bring to life the main themes addressed by the forum. The panel will then place its experience in Marseille in a European context.