27 to 28 May: Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
The 12th Global Media Forum organized by Deutsche Welle took place from 27 to 28 May 2019 under the title "Shifting Powers". Media professionals from all over the world discussed with decision-makers and disseminators from politics and civil society, culture and education, business and science. The focus was on the question of how the work, significance and networking of the media are changing against the backdrop of global power shifts. More than two thousand participants from around 140 countries attended. As in previous years, the City of Bonn also contributed to the content of the conference programme.
28 to 29 May 2019: International Community Wind Symposium
The 4th International Community Wind Symposium and Community Power Forum 2019 has been organized by WWEA and LEE NRW, in cooperation with Bündnis Bürgerenergie, EnergieAgentur.NRW and Genossenschaftsverband and supported by the African Platform for Community Power and Rural Electrification, the IRENA Coalition for Action, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies ISEP Japan as well as the Global100RE platform.
40 national and international experts from the field of renewable energy and community power spoke at the event about the importance of community energy. This year's focus was on the issue of appropriate policy frameworks on how new alliances can help citizens to fulfill their key role in the global energy transition. In total, more than 100 international experts attended the event.
17 to 18 June: Bonn Climate Change Conference
The annual meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was expected to bring some 3,000 delegates to Bonn in 2019. The conference served to prepare the 25th Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention in Chile (COP25). Mayor Ashok Sridharan, also in his role as President of the international network of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, spoke at various agenda items of the conference. In cooperation with ICLEI, there were a thematic forum addressing the effects of climate change in cities as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
22 to 23 June: Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019
The world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The GLF has connected 4,000 organizations and 180,000 participants at its gatherings in Warsaw, Lima, London, Paris, Marrakech, Jakarta, Bonn, Washington D.C. and Nairobi, reaching reached over 500 million from 185 countries.
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is a movement that puts communities first in addressing landscape-level issues. With science and traditional knowledge at the core, GLF outreach, events and projects are designed not only to spark dialogue, but also follow-through to impact in addressing some of the most complex and multi-stakeholder problems facing our earth and our communities.
GLF Bonn 2019 was organized under the headline: Putting rights at the heart of sustainable landscapes. Linking people and places, the conference will explore how rights-based strategies can help create a more just, sustainable and prosperous future for all.
26 to 28 June: ICLEI Resilient Cities 2019
For the tenth time already, the international city network ICLEI organized its „Resilient Cities“ conference in Bonn. Once again, several hundred experts from local authorities, science, business and civil society came to Bonn. The focus of the leading international conference on urban resilience and climate adaptation was on topics such as early warning and disaster management, digitalization, nature-based solutions, circular economy, data-based services, social innovation and inclusion.
The conference was co-patronized by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Settlements Programme, Mami Mizutori, Head of the UN Programme for Early Warning of Disasters, and Mayor Ashok Sridharan.
At the invitation of the Mayor of Bonn and President of ICLEI, a meeting of the ICLEI Global Executive Committee took place for the first time during the Resilient Cities Conference 2019 in Bonn. The members of the Global Task Force of Cities and Regions had also been invited to Bonn.
26 to 30 August: UNSSC Summer Academy
The Summer Academy of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), which took place in Bonn for the fourth time in 2019, is also an integral part of the international conference calendar in Bonn. The five-day programme was aimed not only at employees of the United Nations, but also at representatives from science and industry.
30 September to 2 October: International Security Forum Bonn
Hosted by the Center for International Security and Governance, University of Bonn and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Uniting numerous international senior experts in Bonn. A special focus was placed on cyber security and AI.
24 to 27 October: IPC General Assembly
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019 and the 20th anniversary of its establishment in Bonn. On this occasion, the IPC General Assembly and Board Meeting will take place in Bonn from 24 to 27 October 2019. Around 400 participants from all over the world are expected to attend, including high-ranking representatives of the IPC member associations and the associated international federations. The General Assembly of the IPC takes place every two years and has the function of a general meeting.
22 to 26 November: BIMUN / SINUB Conference 2019
The annual conference is organized by the Bonn International Model United Nations BIMUN/SINUB e.V.
Students from around the world participate as delegates and simulate a UN conference as well as the various committees of the United Nations. The conference topic for 2019 will be ‘Beyond Borders: Global Challenges in the Age of Climate Change’.
27 to 28 November: SEF Bonn Symposium 2019
This year’s symposium will be held under the headline: ‘Municipalities and regions worldwide convince with sustainability’. Since 2013, the Development and Peace Foundation, together with partners, has been organizing the Bonn Symposium - an event, which has now firmly established itself as an international forum for anchoring Agenda 2030 for sustainable development at the local level. The focus is on the exchange of experiences between representatives of the municipal level from different regions of the world.
9 December: Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs
Organized under the OECD programme ‘A Territorial Approach to the SDGs’. The programme supports cities and regions worldwide in the development, implementation and evaluation of measures to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Around 150 delegates are expected to attend.
Global Landscapes Forum and more…
For the third time, the Global Landscapes Forum will take place in Bonn at the end of the year. Last year more than a thousand representatives of governments, national and international non-governmental organizations, indigenous groups, as well as representatives from the economic, financial, youth, social and media sectors took part in the world's largest forum for integrated land use. Around 12,000 interested parties followed the conference live.