Open House at Villa Hammerschmidt
Open House Day: Around 14,000 visitors came to see Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his second official residence in Bonn.
Yesterday, a long line of people stood in Adenauerallee in front of the entrance to Villa Hammerschmidt. Many citizens decided to use the chance of visiting the second office of the Federal President, which opens only once a year to the general public. Guests had the chanceto visit the historic rooms of the former Federal Chancellery – today's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – for example, Cabinet Hall, Chancellor's Room or Chancellor's Bungalow.
At noon, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender personally greeted the many guests with an opening speech. In addition, there was a diverseprogram with international music, dance and discussions.
The event was all about sustainability. Therefore, the city of Bonn as well as German and international research institutions presented various projects and activities at information stands and pavilions.
UN organizations were also represented: The Institute for Environment and Human Security of the UN University (UNU-EHS) showcased their work at two pavilions. One focused on the work as a member of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research, in particular the research on the topics mobility and migration. The second pavilion informed about the future of Africa. UNU-EHS Director Jakob Rhyner welcomed the visitors and talked about UNU-EHS projects in Africa.
The SDG Action Campaign was also represented with a virtual reality pavilion in front of the BMZ. Through various VR films, visitors could experience first-hand how other realities around the world look like. The films deal with crises that endanger people's livelihoods such as war, natural disasters or otherglobal challenges such as climate change, pollution and migration.
A long line in front of the Villa Hammerschmidt at the Open House 2018.
UNU-EHS Director Jakob Rhyner welcomed the visitors at the information pavilion and talked about UNU-EHS projects in Africa. (c) UNU-EHS
The SDG Action Campaign was also represented. Via VR visitors could experience first-hand how other realities around the world look like.