Excursions

Global Trafficking

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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 6 in 10 of all victims have been trafficked across at least one national border.

Price: 40€

 

 

International Corruption

International Anti-Corruption Academy

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is a young institution based in Laxenburg (Vienna). It 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 anticorruption and empowers professionals for the challenges of tomorrow.  Its constituency comprises 71 UN Member States and 3 international organizations. During a special  guided tour, participants will be made familiar with the importance of borders and border research for  IACA on a global level.

Price: 40€

 

 

The Austro-Hungarian Border

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 reenact the picnic at the feet of the monument commemorating the  event.


The Iron Curtain Trail

The European cycle track the Iron Curtain Trail invites 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. The Iron Curtain Trail thereby contributes in a lively and very practical way to the creation of a genuine European identity. In 2005 the European Parliament recognised the „Iron Curtain Trail“ as a model project for sustainable tourism. We will walk a small part of the trail through Hungary and Austria.

Price: 40€