“Looking for new inroads into making culturally inclusive cities: Vienna as a case in point”, Dr. Amer Albayati, Islam- and Terrorexpert, President, Initiative Liberaler Muslime Österreich – ILMÖ

“Looking for new inroads into making culturally inclusive cities: Vienna as a case in point”, Dr. Amer Albayati, Islam- and Terrorexpert, President, Initiative Liberaler Muslime Österreich – ILMÖ

Thank you very much for your kind invitation to talk about a very impotent matter according to the new developments and challenges in our time.

Ladies and Gentleman:

As a Journalist I am here to convey the great efforts of the Austrian and Vienna City government to provide help and support for immigrants to have a better life in their new environment. Furthermore I see it as my important task to explain human rights as well as women rights according to the international standards to them. After all it is the European- and Austrian values which force us all to live and work together for social peace and intercultural harmony in this great city of Vienna.

All of us should feel proud to live in such a great city as Vienna because it’s the city of different cultures, different traditions and different religions. It’s the city where everyone finds security, quality and togetherness. We should also respect the Austrian values as we live together in this country. All foreigners and refugees have to cooperate with the authorities in Austria and Vienna to feel secure enough to fulfill their plans. They have to integrate with the Viennese society and live a normal life as they learn, work and build a better bright future.

Foreigners and refugees from any nationality or religion who come and live here, must show their respect and loyalty for the laws of their host-country. Only if there is a common understanding that the laws of this nation take priority to the laws, customs and traditions of their countries of origin, a peaceful co-existence can work. In other words, as immigrants we have to respect the traditions and values of the country we live in. It’s a new home now and they have to integrate with the society and individuals in order to live in peace.

We face many problems in this field and it’s not easy to find the right solution for every problem. Still, living together in social harmony as a diverse society is a challenge worth undertaking! Not only this! In fact we have no alternative otherwise. In spite of many voices of doubt and discouragement we should invest all we can to give peace a chance. However, we can only succeed if we can listen to all sides of the spectrum of society in our beautiful city of Vienna.  Only if we can get the different parties to a round table and if we can convince them to engage in a direct dialogue on a regular basis, the project which I call „Harmony in diversity“ can work.

Respected ladies and gentlemen, I know that what I am saying may not be easy to digest for some men and women who have also a migration-background as I do. I am well aware, that it would be difficult for you to accept these words from a native Austrian. However, I can say this with a certain authority since I am myself a person with migrational background and I have lived for so many years in Germany & Austria.

We all should be committed to putting social justice and cultural progress at the forefront of our mission of developing bright future in this great European city, Vienna the city of love, music and art.

Thank you for listening!


You are cordially invited to

New Paths to Social Inclusion for Safer Cities

7th Conference on Global Citizen Education

October 11th 2016: 9am – 4pm

The House of the European Union

Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Vienna

9.15am:    Welcome byMag. Georg Pfeifer, Director, Information Officeof the European Parliament

Video message by Othmar Karas, Member of the European Parliament

9.30am:    Panel 1: „Social Inclusion for Safer Cities“

Dr. Hannes Swoboda, President of International Institute for Peace,
Former MEP and City Counsellor for Urban Planning, Vienna

Dr. Yvonne Franz, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Inst. for Urban& Regional Research,

Social inclusion in diverse neighbourhoods”.

Dipl.-Ing.in Shams Asadi, Head of Human Rights Office, City of Vienna

Ms. Anika Holterhof, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC,

„Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World“

Dr. Michael Platzer, Academic Council on the UNand Former Chief Operations UN Habitat, Nairobi

Prof. Dl Dr.in Karin Stieldorf, Technical University Vienna

Chair:       Roland Seegar, Deputy Permanent Representative,
German Permanent Mission to the United Nations

10:45am Coffee break

“Sinking dreams”Vivien Kabar, Picture presentation*

Children’s Choir European School Goldschlaggasse, Vienna

11am:       Panel 2: “Global citizen education as a multicultural tool for peaceful and inclusive cities“

„Transmitting values of openness to others, curiosity for foreign things, respect and tolerance“
VDn Dipl.-Päd.Doris BerkiUhrlir, Director of Europe School, Vienna,

“Kids’ stuff? Justice education in a multicultural city”, Dr.jur. habil. Sławomir Redo,
Senior Adviser, Academic Council on the United Nations System, Vienna, Austria

“Looking for new inroads into making culturally inclusive cities: Vienna as a case in point”,
Islam- und Terrorexpert, President, Initiative LiberalerMuslimeÖsterreich – ILMÖ

„Use of technology for traumatised children“ Mag. Hannes Kolar,
Director of Psychology Service, Office of Youth and Family, City of Vienna

„Pre-school education in the Munich kindergartens“ Prof. Dr. Rita Haverkamp, Endowed Professor of Crime Prevention and Risk Management, Faculty of Law, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany

Chair: Peter Zoehrer, Journalist, FOREF founder, FOREF Representative to OSCE

12.15am Lunchbreak

1:15pm:   Panel 3: Safe cities, the role of parents towards social inclusion and a healthy society

“Self-development, an important factor in achieving sustainable development”, Stella A.Attakpah, MSc.Managing Director, Opportunity and Risk Management Institute, Ghana

“Different ways to provide quality education”, Dr. Belinda  Mikosz:

retired Director of Psychology Service, Office of Youth and Family, City of Vienna

Young unaccompanied refugees: No parents – no chance? How stability, values and goals can create a safe society. Experiences from practice.” Mag. Josef Missethon MSc Med, Managing Director of InstitutfürTalenteentwicklung (Institute for Talent Development), which runs two boarding schools for young unaccompanied refugees in Austria.

Exbärte“ Videoratgeber für Eltern,  Mag. Hannes Kolar, MAG 11

Chair:       Peter Haider UPF Austria Director

2:30 pm:  Coffee break

2.45pmPanel 4:Core Value Pillars: Education of heart, enabling a healthy lifestyle, best practices

“4 Pillars of Love in a Family”, Dr. Maria Riehl: WFWP Austria Founder

“Healthy Character Education at school“, Mag. Richard Vereš,  Marcela Magušinová,
Educators in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia

„Peer Mediation, a project in Junior High School“,  ZitaKiedler, BEd Teacher,
NMS Anton-Sattler-Gasse, Vienna

“Peace lies in our Hands”, Dr. Fran. E Wright, Programme Director, UNESCO Club Vienna,

Chair:  Elisabeth Riedl, WFWPI UN Office Vienna Director

(draft program, subject to change)

4pm:         BoerseCafé

*Picture Presentation Donation by Vivien Kabar with the UNESCO City Club Vienna

Contact: Renate Amesbauer +43 (0) 650 7514073; renate.amesb@gmail.com

UN ECOSOC/DPI/NGO General Consultative Status

1230 Wien, Erlaaer Platz 5/19; Z.V.R. 367192876

Erste Bank Wien: Kto.00007808755; BLZ. 20111 IBAN: AT652011100007808755; BIC: GIBAATWW

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