“The United Nations has been based in Bonn for 20 years and its presence here is continuing to grow. Bonn has become the global capital for sustainability and climate protection – for tasks now facing humanity more urgently than ever before.”
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Foreign Minister. Bonn, March 3, 2016
In just over two decades, the city of Bonn has developed into a hub of sustainability where global challenges of the future are addressed by a network of UN entities, federal ministries, intergovernmental organizations and international non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions and businesses. The UN Bonn Campus in the city’s former parliamentary quarter on the banks of the Rhine is a visible symbol of this development. With more than 20 UN entities, UN Bonn is “shaping a sustainable future” in a unique culture of creativity and cooperation.
For five decades, the city of Bonn was the seat of the parliament and government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 1994, Bonn enjoys the status of Federal City, making it the country’s second political center. The primary seats of six federal ministries are still located in Bonn, while other federal ministries have a second base in the city. A liaison office of the Federal Foreign Office in Bonn acts as the focal point for international organizations in Germany, thus underscoring the importance the Federal Government places on Bonn as Germany’s UN city. Bonn also plays an important role in the context of today’s globalized media. Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has its head office in the immediate vicinity of the UN Bonn Campus and sustainability-related topics are one of its focus areas.
The city of Bonn is one of Germany’s top-ranked conference cities. Since its inauguration by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in June 2015, the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB), one of the most modern congress centers in Europe, has increasingly attracted conferences and meetings of all kinds. The conference space as a whole is equipped for meetings with up to 7,000 participants.