Examples of solidarity and togetherness in Vienna

5 Sep 2017

Examples of solidarity and togetherness in Vienna

The City of Vienna in cooperation with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, organized an informative event in support of the UN "Together" campaign. As part of a side event for the fifth informal thematic session of the UN General Assembly for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the event took place on 4 September 2017.

More than 120 UN-delegates and representatives from 13 different Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and initiatives on migration and integration in Austria joined the informal get-together in the culturally diverse Brunnenmarkt to meet and exchange ideas and lessons learned from successful integration projects and initiatives. Before the event, participants were invited on a historic tram ride through the city to hear more about the city highlights and Vienna's urban planning initiatives for integration.

"Vienna has every reason to be proud. It celebrates not only its magnificent past but also its willingness to embrace the future, a future of inclusion of immigrants and refugees. This is part of what the Together campaign is about," said Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration.

At the side event, Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and Co-facilitator of the preparatory process leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for migration in 2018, said: "The actual implementation of the Global Compact on international migration will happen not in meeting rooms but at grassroots level. Here at Brunnenpassage, we have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with people who do this fantastic work every day."

Speaking on behalf of the City of Vienna, Jürgen Czernohorszky, Executive City Councillor for Education, Integration, Youth and Personnel, expressed his full support for the Together Campaign and appreciation for the important work done by the different NGOs and integration initiatives to help and support refugees and migrants in Vienna.

For more images of the event, visit  https://www.flickr.com/photos/unisvienna/albums/72157684887350192