Outlook on several important international conferences in 2021, which will be held with the support or participation of the City of Bonn.
Please note: Postponement or virtual hosting of conferences
In the light of the Corona pandemic, the decision was taken to postpone several conferences throughout the year. New dates have been or will be announced as soon as possible on the respective websites. Moreover, several virtual conference formats have successfully been established. For details on past events and online registration for upcoming sessions, please visit the website of the organizer.
23 to 24 March: Urban Forestry Days 2021
The European Forest Institute (EFI), the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) and the Horizon 2020 CLEARING HOUSE project invited to two days of integrated activities on urban forestry.
Day one was themed on integrated urban forest management with a focus on the ‘sustainable transition of cities’ and ‘urban forestry and the pillars of sustainability’. In addition to keynote speakers, ‘a tour of management models’ with leading practitioners covered different European bioregions and beyond. You could also attend a ‘virtual fieldtrip’ with ‘live stream Q&A’ from the Kottenforst, a peri-urban forest near Bonn. Day two was themed on urban forests and health infrastructure. Keynote speakers outlined what medical science is telling us about forests as health infrastructure followed by a thematic workshop on ‘forests and urban greenspaces in pandemic times’.
The Bonn Global Forum builds on the 10 years of experience gained at the ICLEI Resilient Cities Conference and repositions it in terms of content. The aim is to embed the topic of resilience more strongly in the overall context of climate protection and adaptation and to take account of current developments at the municipal level (including resolutions on climate emergency and climate neutrality). Furthermore, cooperative measures involving various levels of government are to be highlighted and the connections to related topics (e.g. climate financing) and sectors (e.g. science) are to be more strongly emphasized and linked more closely with the organizations based in Bonn (UN, science). The conference is organized by the city network ICLEI with the support of the City of Bonn. Amongst other measures, the City of Bonn supports the conference through public relations activities, the offer of specialist excursions and networking events for conference participants.
The GLF will host one of the world’s first global digital conferences on integrated land use from its new digital broadcasting center in Bonn, Germany, marking a new era for global conversation without a carbon footprint. Experience the future of conferences and connect, share, learn and act through this three-day GLF event featuring inspirational talks, interactive sessions and idea exchange toward building more sustainable food systems.
Deutsche Welle's international and interdisciplinary conference series brings together media representatives from all over the world and actors from politics, culture, business, development cooperation and science and was organized for the first time by DW in Bonn in 2008. Annual conference with changing focuses.
14 to 16 June: 15th German Federal Conference on Municipal Development Policy
Hosted by Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt SKEW / Engagement Global (WCCB)
For more than three decades, the German Federal Conference on Municipal Development Policy has offered representatives from municipalities, the federal government, the states and civil society a forum for exchange and networking.
The 15th Buko from June 14-16, 2021, looked back on 20 years of development policy experience and develop joint perspectives for the future.
Water Operators’ Partnership and other not-for-profit peer support exchanges will take center stage. The Congress is convened by the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance – a diverse network largely made up of public water and sanitation operators along with their partners. Participation is free of charge and open to all organizations and individuals with an interest in sustainable water and sanitation.
10 to 11 November: Bonn Symposium UN Campus Bonn / Online via Zoom
This year’s Bonn Symposium, organized by the Development and Peace Foundation (sef), takes a look at the new global nature protection treaty currently negotiated by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Its goal is to protect biodiversity and ecosystems as a central building block for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
17 to 18 June 2019: 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).
24 to 27 October 2019: IPC General Assembly
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019 and the 20th anniversary of its establishment in Bonn. On this occasion, the IPC General Assembly and Board Meeting took place in Bonn from 24 to 27 October 2019 with around 400 participants from all over the world, 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.