NOW International Mayors’ Conference

Vienna 2017

January 30-31. 2017, Austria

At the end of January 2017 the third International Mayors’ Conference NOW will take place in Vienna.
The meeting of local decision-makers, outstanding experts, EU-Parliamentarians and refugees will focus on displaced children.

Under the banner “Children under the Radar” international participants – from Lebanon, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Germany and many further countries – will discuss the topic for two days to identify central challenges and promising solutions.

The event is not open to the public. All participants are actively involved in the conference, participate in panel discussions or workshops and form reflecting teams. The conference results will be published in the following in a final report.

More information on the third International Mayor’s Conference NOW will be provided in the coming weeks.

> Conference Paper “Children under the Radar”


Athens 2016

July 21-23. 2016, Greece

NOW Conference Athen Panel 3 - What NOW?The NOW Conference in Athens focused on the EU-Turkey-Agreement and the effects and consequences of its implementation for local communities.

The participating mayors, representatives of NGOs, experts and refugees discussed conclusions for future approaches and agreements concerning the refugee movement.

> Declaration

> Final Report

> Executive Summary


Vienna 2016

January 21-22. 2016, Austria

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Concerned mayors – refugees – experts – NGOs

Patronage: Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna

Mayors from ten countries – from Lebanon, Turkey and Macedonia to Austria and Germany – met for the first time in Vienna to discuss, with experts, feasible solutions for living together with refugees in their towns and cities.

The mayors exchanged their experiences and presented examples of successful local projects. All participants agreed that the successful integration of refugees requires language courses and meaningful occupations, to be offered them from day one.

> Final Report NOW Confernce in Vienna

More about NOW

The idea to initiate the NOW conference was developed in many private conversations about the increasing cluelessness in the face of the massive refugee movement from civil war-torn Syria during the summer of 2015 and the completely erratic, nothing but reactive political actions.

We asked ourselves what we are going to say to our grandchildren when they ask: “You must have seen that something with far-reaching consequences was happening… What did you do back then?”

And we thought: “What can we do now?” We decided to send out invitations to an international conference.

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