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International and UN City Bonn

International location

Over the past two decades, the city of Bonn has successfully gained a new, international profile. As the German city of the United Nations, the second political center in Germany and the leading location for German development cooperation, Bonn has developed into an internationally significant location for discussing global issues of the future. The business location is also increasingly characterized by a high degree of internationality in the course of its structural transformation into a high-quality service location. Globally active DAX companies, manufacturing companies that are world market leaders in their market niches, and countless internationally operating small and medium-sized enterprises are hallmarks of this. The scientific landscape of the Bonn region is characterized by renowned, internationally networked institutions.

The framework conditions for the prosperous development of international organizations and institutions must also be oriented toward international standards. Bonn, for example, offers very good international schooling. A sophisticated cultural offering, with cultural facilities of international standing such as the houses of the Museum Mile and the Beethoven facilities, as well as optimal connections to important transportation hubs (international airports, Bonn/Siegburg ICE train station) also play a key role in the development of Bonn as an international city.

International job market

Specialists and executives from abroad not only characterize the UN institutions and non-governmental organizations based in Bonn, but also the corporate headquarters of the DHL Group, Deutsche Telekom, Postbank and other numerous companies from the manufacturing and service sectors. The scientific institutions also exert a strong attraction on foreign scientists*. In the context of the regional "Alliance for Skilled Workers", the Economic Development Department coordinates the field of action "International Affairs and Integration". In addition, the Bonn Economic Development Agency actively promotes Bonn as a business location as part of its location marketing activities in order to attract more foreign companies and supports employers in matters such as the admission of foreign specialists. In addition, so-called "Business Ambassadors" have been appointed to bring Bonn into the conversation at an early stage for company settlements, cooperations or conferences and thus meaningfully strengthen the location marketing of the Economic Development Agency as well as the further expansion of the international location.

Germany scored a particular success, winning the competition to host a branch of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) with Bonn. Preparations for the construction of the new building in the Federal Quarter are already at an advanced stage. This will provide the city with another important mosaic stone for the development of Bonn as an international science city combined with the settlement of several hundred highly qualified and internationally oriented jobs.

UN City Bonn

The United Nations' efforts for sustainable development worldwide are concentrated in Bonn. With over 20 United Nations organizations and around 1,000 employees, Bonn has become a major UN location in Europe alongside Geneva and Vienna. UN institutions based in Bonn include the Climate Secretariat, the Secretariat to Combat Desertification and the United Nations Volunteers Program. Other UN issues in Bonn include early warning of natural disasters, nature and species conservation, water, health, vocational education and sustainable tourism.

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