Latest NOW Conference in Vienna

January 30-31. 2017, Austria

At the end of January 2017 the third International Mayors' Conference NOW took place in Vienna.

For the first time a meeting of local decision-makers, outstanding experts, EU-Parliamentarians and refugees focused on displaced children.

Under the banner "Children under the Radar" international participants - from Lebanon, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Germany and many further countries - discussed the topic for two days to identify central challenges and promising solutions. A final report will be published in the curse of the next weeks. 


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"Realize the invisible line, that connects everyone with everything“

26.1.2017, Burgtheater Wien

On 26th of January the Burgtheater’s centre stage was equally taken by humanity, the connecting and artistic quality.

Act.Now organized together with the Burgtheater an evening with André Heller and Karin Bergmann, where musician from Europe, Africa and Asia presented their rich compositions, ensemble members read out of prominent author‘s literary work, who escaped their home countries themselves or grew up in foreign countries and personalities talked about their own emigration and immigration.


Over the course of 3 days in January 2016, at the International Mayors' Conference "NOW: Vienna Encounters", 130 participants from over 10 countries came together in a 1,000 sq. metres assembly hangar of the Austrian Railways to discuss during 3 panel and 11 workshop sessions and to produce feasible solutions for living together with refugees following the 2015 perceived “refugee crisis” after a substantial upturn in refugee movement and asylum application into Europe. About 50 media representatives and countless media recipients followed the first NOW Conference in Vienna. 

Why we need to act NOW

“We are living at a turning point in history, which will leave no stone unturned. We need to learn to react to this situation in a prudent, circumspect and caring manner. [...] It makes no sense to bury our heads in the sand and hope that the storm will pass without affecting us personally.”
— André Heller