As a former German capital, Bonn has established a global network of relations and contacts in the fields of environment, development, and science. Bonn’s around 320,000 citizens are multicultural, educated, and cosmopolitan. As ‘Federal City’ – the second political centre of Germany and seat of many Federal Ministries. Bonn is also a host city for many international and internationally active NGOs and is the German United Nations City. 20 United Nations organisations, programmes and offices are located in Bonn. These organisations operate in a wide variety of areas, but all are connected through the contribution they make to sustainable development.
United Nations in Bonn
The United Nations is currently represented in Bonn by 19 organizations (UN Bonn). UN Bonn supports targeted efforts by governments for a sustainable future in the fields of climate change, land degradation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, wildlife conservation, volunteerism, health, human security, disaster risk reduction, tourism, as well as education and training. This not only includes the sustainable use of natural resources and their precautionary preservation for future generations, but also the global fight against poverty.
The United Nations has had offices in Bonn since 1951. In 2006, the UN Campus was officially inaugurated by the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the ‘Langer Eugen’ as the main building. The UN presence in Bonn has grown steadily, from a handful of staff in 1996 to what has become a UN family with an international staff of around 1,000 colleagues.