In this blog series, we asked members of our ACT NOW Mayors Network to share their biggest challenges and successes throughout the pandemic.
The increased pressure and demand to provide communities with relief during the pandemic makes it critical for citizens to remember that mayors are – above all – people, who must navigate through the same loss and grief as everyone else while remaining strong pillars of leadership.
The ACT NOW Mayors’ Network has started a new process to bring like-minded local leaders together so that words are turned into tangible action by finding innovative local solutions to global problems and supporting their implementation at the local level.
The 7th NOW Conference showcased current research findings and best practices. The conference article summarises the key learnings and shows possible means of fostering cohesive societies at the local level.
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has not only made a lot of shortcomings around the globe visible, it has also shown a lot of engagement, selflessness and empathy from the people impacted by it.
From 27 to 29 January 2019, the 6th International Mayors’ Conference NOW provided ample space for intense dialogue and innovative formats to discuss the concerns of young people and find ways to involve them in decision-making processes.
More than 20 mayors and municipal experts from eight different countries of the NOW Mayors’ Network came together in the district of Hameln-Pyrmont in Lower Saxony. The topic at the centre of discussion was social cohesion.
In connection with the 5th NOW Conference in Vienna the City Councillor Jürgen Czernohorszky and Act.Now organised a field exposure for the NOW Working Group of mayors and their accompanying experts to initiatives and projects of the City of Vienna.
The 5th NOW Conference addressed social cohesion on communal levels, with a special emphasis on children and young people, using a human and children’s rights based approach.
The NOW Conference in Athens focused on the EU-Turkey-Agreement and the effects and consequences of its implementation for the communities.
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.