Excursions

Global Trafficking

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

This excursion will transport you from the city centre of Vienna to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime by bus. UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. One of the three pillars of its working is research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions. During a guided tour, participants will receive more information about the organization in general, as well as about the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. The latest edition showed that more than six in ten of all victims have been trafficked across at least one national border. After the guided tour, participants will be offered lunch and will be transferred to the city centre of Budapest by bus. 

Price: 40€

 


International Corruption

International Anti-Corruption Academy

This excursion will transport participants to Laxenburg, a town situated about 20 kilometres from Vienna. Participants will be made familiar with the working of two international organisations: the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) has a unique dual character, as both an international organization and a post-secondary educational institution, established under international law. IACA seeks to overcome shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption and empowers professionals for the challenges of tomorrow. Its constituency comprises 71 UN Member States and three international organizations. The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a scientific research institute conducting policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. During a special program hosted by IACA, participants will be made familiar with the importance of borders and border research for IACA and IIASA on a global level. After a round of presentations, participants will be offered lunch and be transferred to the city centre of Budapest by bus. 

Price: 40€

 

 

The Austro-Hungarian Border

Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives

This excursion will transport participants to the Austro-Hungarian borderlands. Participants will be made familiar with the activities of the non-governmental organisation: the Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI). They will also re-enact the Pan-European picnic, the picnic that changed European history. The Pan-European Picnic was a peace demonstration held on the Austrian-Hungarian border near Sopron, Hungary on 19 August, 1989. This is where the Iron Curtain was first pierced. In a symbolic gesture agreed by both countries, a border gate on the road from Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland (Austria) to Sopronkőhida (Hungary) was opened for three hours, during which more than 600 East Germans were led to the West. In the run-up to the picnic, its organisers distributed pamphlets advertising the event and Hungarian border guards were ordered by the Ministry of the Interior not to intervene or carry arms. We will re-enact the picnic at the feet of the monument commemorating the event. If the weather is fine, participants can also explore the Iron Curtain Trail, a European cycle track inviting people to retrace and experience the former division of the continent on a 6,800 km cycle track along the length of the former border, combining European culture, history and sustainable tourism. In 2005, the European Parliament recognised the “Iron Curtain Trail” as a model project for sustainable tourism. Participants will be offered lunch during the excursion, and will later be transferred to the city centre of Budapest by bus.

Price: 40€