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NOW Mayors’ Network

From the very beginning, Act.Now has emphasised the important role of Mayors of cities or communities to foster social cohesion as well as societal and economical welfare. As politicians, heads of municipal administrations and stakeholders for public and private interests, Mayors bear the responsibility of caring for the wellbeing of all people living in their municipal districts. Mayors from different countries in Europe, the Balkan region as well as the MENAT region are part of a network which was established and developed during the NOW Conferences starting in 2016. The NOW Mayors’ Network supports its members and their municipalities in promoting peaceful, cohesive and prosperous communities under the thematic frame “Changing the Narrative – The Power of Social Cohesion, Diversity, and Participation in our Cities”.

Principles

The members of the NOW Mayors’ Network follow these principles:

We are connected across borders.

Networking and exchanging knowledge help us build on each other’s success and broaden our horizons. We are local leaders in Europe and the MENAT region who interact, think together and learn from one another.

Diversity is our strength.

It is our firm conviction that everyone in our municipalities regardless of their social background, religion or origin can contribute to the community. We share ideas of how to create mutual acceptance among different groups and help each other promote the value of diversity.

We strengthen social cohesion to counteract polarisation and exclusion.

Social cohesion is the backbone of stability and prosperity. Instead of antagonising each other, people will use their energy and capacity productively to serve the common good when they feel respected and given opportunities. We are a network sharing the same values against those who divide our communities.

It is on us – we drive local change.

We are local leaders who proactively shape our municipalities with smart initiatives to achieve local change. As members of the network promote the replication of successful practices and help administrations in well thought out action planning and implementation.

We involve young people from all walks of life.

They are the main drivers of change and they are the leaders of tomorrow. We encourage and support each other and our staff to activate the potential of local youth by including young people in planning and decision-making.

What the Network offers

  • Access to an international and progressive mayors’ network committed to inclusiveness, togetherness and innovation
  • Expanding its members’ knowledge, relevant skill-sets and capacities
  • Training of municipality staff and youth in undertaking local actions that promote and strengthen social cohesion
  • Field trips offering first-hand insights about local challenges and how they are tackled by the respective municipality
  • Information about potential funding opportunities

Who can join the Network

  • Mayors committed to supporting and believing in our principles who want to proactively strengthen inclusive social cohesion
  • Senior administrative staff in the position and eager to bring about concrete local change

Role of Act.Now

Act.Now is an organisation for peaceful transformation focused on promoting social cohesion and inclusiveness through helping communities connect, exchange knowledge and share promising practices. Act.Now facilitates efforts to raise awareness and support the replication of smart and successful initiatives in municipalities.

From the very beginning, Act.Now has emphasised the important role of Mayors of cities or communities to foster social cohesion as well as societal and economical welfare. As politicians, heads of municipal administrations and stakeholders for public and private interests, Mayors bear the responsibility of caring for the wellbeing of all people living in their municipal districts. Mayors from different countries in Europe, the Balkan region as well as the MENAT region are part of a network which was established and developed during the NOW Conferences starting in 2016. The NOW Mayors’ Network supports its members and their municipalities in promoting peaceful, cohesive and prosperous communities under the thematic frame “Changing the Narrative – The Power of Social Cohesion, Diversity, and Participation in our Cities”.

Vision

Communities thrive when acceptance of diversity and equal opportunities exist. They create safe spaces and a healthy environment for people to interact positively and support one another.


Host

George Antoun, Country Director & Regional Programme Advisor, Mercy Corps Lebanon

Project Manager

Uta Zeuge-Buberl, Act.Now (maternity leave)
Mathis Dippon, Act.Now

Participants

Andreas Babler, Traiskirchen / Austria
Jürgen Czernohorszky, Vienna / Austria
Renate Habetler, Bernstein / Austria
Dieter Posch, Neudörfl / Austria
Tjark Bartels, Hameln-Pyrmont / Germany
Gari Pavkovic, Stuttgart / Germany
Michalis Angelopoulos, Samos / Greece
Lefteris Papagiannakis, Athens / Greece
Emmanouil Vournous, Chios / Greece
Stefano Calabrò, Sant’Alessio in Aspromonte / Italy
Antonino Castorina, Reggio Calabria / Italy
Isabella Conti, San Lazzaro di Savena / Italy
Umberto Costantini, Spilamberto / Italy
Maurizio Zavaglia, Gioiosa Ionica / Italy
Hassan Al-Rahibh, Um Al Jimal / Jordan
Qendron Kastrati, Kamenica / Kosovo
Bassam Dalal, Rachaya Alwadi / Lebanon
Charbel Mattar, Naameh / Lebanon
Merhej Najm, Habbariyeh / Lebanon
Adelina Paula Pinto, Guimarães / Portugal
Hazbo Mujović, Sjenica / Serbia
Igor Marentič, Postojna / Slovenia
Mustafa Tosun, Dikili / Turkey
Halil Ibrahim Akinci, Sultanbeyli / Turkey

Meetings up to now

1 Meeting: 30 – 31 January, 2017 – Vienna / Austria
2 Meeting: 29 – 31 January, 2018 – Vienna / Austria
3 Meeting: 29 June – 2 July, 2018 – Chios / Greece
4 Meeting: 8 – 11 November, 2018 – Hameln-Pyrmont / Germany
5 Meeting: 27 January, 2019 – Vienna / Austria
6 Meeting: 30 June – 2 July 2019 – Vienna / Austria