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Awaken, the morning Nowruz breeze is showering the garden with flowers

Those lines are uppermost on the minds of millions of people in at least 21 countries – plus millions more migrants around the globe - as they begin the celebration of Nowruz, which is the beginning of spring and also often known as Persian New Year.

The festival is marked in a great swathe of the planet from the Caucasus mountains on the edge of Europe to the Tian Shen mountains on the western Chinese border.

And this year it will be very, very different.

Financial Training Course Video Shot at RO

It was a case of “Lights, Camera, Action” at the Vienna Regional Office last week. No, nothing to do with the Global Migration Film Festival, rather the shooting of an innovative introductory training video.

Developed by the Regional Resource Management Team in Vienna, the Financial Management Rules and Procedure (FMRP) training curriculum will eventually be rolled out in seven of IOM’s Regional offices (Vienna, Bangkok, Brussels, Cairo, Dakar, Nairobi and Pretoria).

Attensees at the UN Regional System meeting at the IOM Vienna Regional Office

The Vienna Regional Office is today (10 December) welcoming over 40 distinguished guests from United Nations offices all over Europe, as it provides a timely and picturesque setting for the UN Regional System Meeting.

This is the first time an IOM Office has been the venue for such a high-level gathering, jointly hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme. It brings together regional directors and other senior managers of United Nations agencies based in Europe and Central Asia.

Attendees at the 19th Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Police Cooperation Convention (PCC) for South-East Europe

Regional Director Argentina Szabados represented IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino at the 19th Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Police Cooperation Convention (PCC) for South-East Europe yesterday (7 November), held at the Austrian Interior Ministry in Vienna.

IOM Chief of Budget Alberto Brenes (standing) working with participants at last week's Regional resource management workshop

More than 20 IOM financial staff from the RO Vienna region gathered in Antalya, Turkey last week for a Regional Resource Management capacity building workshop.  The first day  was fully assigned to the Ethics and Conduct Office, Office of the Ombudsperson and the Staff Welfare Office to deliver a training on Harassment Prevention. This was the first training initiative of its kind.

RD Szabados meets the President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa

IOM’s Regional Director for South-eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia has commended the President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, for being the first Latin American woman President of the UNGA, and only one of four women to have served in this essential role.

Ms Szabados was the only UN agency representative attending the special event in Vienna in honour of H.E. Espinosa to be given the opportunity to speak.