Central Library Urban-Lobritz-Platz, 1070 Vienna

Since 2015, when the then current influx of refugees reached its climax in Europe, no other topic was discussed as intensively and as ambiguously than migration and flight. This year’s topic of the AU-EU Summit in November was “Investing in the youth for a sustainable future”. With the world’s largest population under 18, Africa is the youngest continent. The experience of conflicts, demographic growth, repressive regimes and the lack of job opportunities are substantially challenging Africa’s youth. 

Several conferences, workshops and public debates have been held on this topic. The discussions are to be continued. How can African youth, in all their diversity, become stakeholders that can bring about relevant change in their countries? How can they be supported from abroad, what do they expect from their governments? How can the narrative on African migration be modified to match reality? These and other questions will be addressed and discussed by the distinguished panellists.


New YouTube Series “Mensch”

Act.Now and Ferdinand Sarnitz launch the new series "Mensch". In interviews with outstanding people from various backgrounds and continents he asks a set of 16 questions in an effort to find out who they are, how they think, and what drives them to do what they do.

The series “Mensch” aims to inspire and motivate viewers by exploring why and how outstanding people with different backgrounds engage in the cohesion of our societies. The interviews have been shot in the course of recent NOW Conferences, NOW Working Groups and other events initiated by Act.Now.


International Round Table

Re-branding Human Trafficking. The Interface of Migration, Human Trafficking and Slavery

Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstraße 35, Vienna
September 29th, 2017  8 am - 6 pm


INTERNATIONAL ROUND TABLE Re-branding Human Trafficking. The Interface of Migration, Human Trafficking and Slavery

Migration - especially irregular migration - become more and more criminalized. Refugees and smugglers get equally combated at European borders. Actions against types of human trafficking and modern slavery lost political priority, whereas the dimension of this cruel crime, committed here in Europe and elsewhere, is increasing. Next week an International Round Table will address the interface of migration, human trafficking and slavery. International experts will analyse various aspects of these complex crimes and will try to find new and effective solutions. The event is organized by the “Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking 2017” in cooperation with Act.Now.

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Livestream during the event:


Fourth International Conference NOW in Kampala

The recent NOW Conference in Kampala (Uganda) on “African Youth and Migration” took place from September 3-5, 2017.

The 4th International Conference NOW - organized by  Act.Now in cooperation with the International Institute for Peace – IIP - brought together participants from more than 10 Sub‐Sahara African countries and European experts and politicians. During the three days of conference the participant drew attention to the situation and perspective of the African youth, migrants and refugees, with the intention to listen and learn. Key findings and recommendations will be published for the 5th EU‐Africa Summit in Côte d'Ivoire.

Curator of the 4th NOW Conference is Hannes Swoboda, Member of European Parliament (ret.), head of the IIP.


Third INTERNATIONAL Mayors' Conference NOW in Vienna

On the conference 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" 170 international participants - from Lebanon, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Germany and many further countries - discussed the issue of displaced children for two days to identify central challenges and promising solutions. 



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

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 Viennese Burgtheater an evening with André Heller and Karin Bergmann, where musicians 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.



In cooperation with Act.Now within the GLOBART ACADEMY 2016 a dinner took place dedicated to the encounter with refugees living in Krems.

During the evening in the "Monastry UND" food prepared by refugees was served, framed by music and short speeches by Barbara Frischmuth, Mayor Reinhard Resch, mindfullness trainer Maria KlugePatricia Kahane, co-founder of Act.Now, and Prof. Heidemarie Dobner, intendant of Globart. 


SECOND INTERNATIONAL Mayors' Conference in Athens

The NOW Conference in Athens focused on the EU-Turkey-Agreement and the effects and consequences of its implementation for the communities.

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



FIRST International Mayors' Conference NOW in VIENNA

On the first NOW Conference in January Mayors of 10 countries - from Lebanon, Turkey, Macedonia, Austria and Germany - and experts, NGO representatives and refugees came together in Vienna 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.