The International Mayors’ Conference NOW Vienna
Austria, Jannuary 21st-22nd 2016
On January 21st and 22nd 2016 the International Mayors’ Conference NOW Vienna Encounters took place in Vienna.
During the two-day conference mayors, experts, civil society representatives and refugees from affected regions were to be given an opportunity to find ways and means for a subtle refugee policy that strives for responsible and well-balanced solutions. Based on the values of democracy and human rights, this initiative was directed towards various persons concerned by providing a concrete set of guidelines.
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The Objectives of the NOW Conference
For us, it was about taking the next steps, about answers to the many topics that needed to be tackled, and about proposals on how to keep on co-operating in finding new solutions together. It was and is about ideas that enable good decisions on institutional and civil society levels, about obtaining clarity on similarities and differences, about taking on responsibility and about the question of what each one of us can contribute to achieve peaceful coexistence.
Three Panel Discussions on the Escape Route
Results of the NOW-Conference
Initiators of the NOW Conference
NOW was initiated by Austrian multi-media artist André Heller, Patrica Kahane, President of the Karl Kahane Foundation, and Andreas Babler, mayor of Traiskirchen, the home town of Austria’s main refugee camp.
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.
Contributors & Team
International Mayors Conference NOW Vienna Encounters
a private project initiated by Patricia Kahane, André Heller and Andreas Babler
Curators responsible for the content:
Robert Misik, Viola Raheb and Hannes Swoboda
Artistic Design: Georg Resetschnig
Graphic Design: Kerstin Heymach
Public Relations: The Skills Group; Elke Zuckermann
Coordination of Civil Society: Philipp Sonderegger
Logistics: Büro Wien | Michael Müllner
Moderation & Consulting:
Ebru Sonuc | complet, Michael Patak | Beratergruppe Neuwaldegg
Music School for refugee children and youth: Marwan Abado
Visual Recording: Harald Karrer
Project Coordination and Administration:
Bruno Kreisky Forum for international Dialogue | Sonja Kothe & Nathalie Luftensteiner
Karl Kahane Stiftung | Mia Hulla