9th Informal Meeting

Location: WebEx Meeting
08 Oct, 2020, 15:30 - 17:00

9th Informal Meeting of the Alliance for Vienna-based Representatives of International NGOs     
October 8th, 2020 15:30 – 16:20 (via Webex)

Participants: Anna Alvazzi del Frate (Chair), Ingeborg Geyer (Treasurer), Gerson Nozea, Jolanta Redo, Jay Albanese, Christian Ponti, Mirjam Beike, Triona Lenihan, Louisa Jokia, Marlene Parenzan, Ian Tennant, Phil Reichel, Francesco Serra (Intern), Tobias Krachler (Secretary), Winifred Amesbauer, James Gondles.

The informal meeting via Webex was facilitated by the Secretary. The Chair welcomed the participants and introduced the agenda of the meeting:

  • Updates from the Alliance
  • Tour de table with discussion
  • AOB

Updates from the Alliance


The Chair welcomed the participants and shared updates on forthcoming events:

The Annual General Assembly will be held on October 14th at 15:30 CET. The COP to UNTOC will be a hybrid event, with small number of in-person participation. The access to the translated webcast will be open to everyone on the UNODC website. There will also be a lot of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Palermo convention. It was also the birthday of Phil Reichel, a Vice-Chair of the Alliance.


The treasurer will update the members at the General Assembly.


All members in good standing have been invited to participate via WebEx. All Ordinary Members in good standing, will automatically receive their ballots through Election Runner. Election Runner was chosen because it is a very good online voting tool at an affordable price. The window for the election will be October 13th 15:00 CET to October 14th 15:00 CET. All other members and observers will have the opportunity to follow the GA via a YouTube live stream, which will be send out in due time. Side events from members in good standing can be promoted on

Jolanta Redo presented two news items from her headquarter in Tokyo. Firstly, the C to you online trainings and secondly the UNFPAs series of webinars on COVID-19.

Louisa Jokia presented the future “Change the world” webinar series that is directly supported by the Alliance. The first webinar will be on October 29th from 12:00 to 14:00 CET. More information can be found on the website of the Alliance.

Tour de table

Many participants shared information on their ongoing work. Topics included updates on the impact of the pandemic on imprisonment; various side events planned for UNTOC; as well as updates on new publications and research initiatives.

The meeting concluded with information on next meetings:

The Annual General Assembly on October 14th at 15:30 CET