Mayor Katja Dörner, Anja Wenmakers, Managing Director of SWB Bus und Bahn, Francesca Racioppi, Head of WHO ECEH in Bonn and current Chair of the Heads of Agencies of UN Bonn, Toily Kurbanov, Executive Coordinator of the UN Volunteers programme (UNV), as well as the artist Sebastian "Özi" Jenal all came to the presentation of the streetcar on the grounds of the SWB depot at Dransdorf.
Mayor Dörner pointed out: "For 25 years, the United Nations has been working from Bonn for sustainability - and this has shaped our entire city. That is why I'm very pleased that a streetcar on line 66, which incidentally also stops at Bonn's UN Campus, is now bringing the United Nations and its topics into our cityscape for a year. I thank SWB for their support and Bonn artist Özi for designing our UN-blue car!"
At the presentation of the newly designed light rail, Anja Wenmakers, Managing Director of SWB Bus und Bahn, expressed her delight at the cooperation that has been launched. "SWB and the UN have maintained a close partnership in Bonn not only since the 2017 World Climate Conference and the Clean Shuttle to COP23 initiated at that time. As a mobility service provider for the City of Bonn, many employees of the United Nations also use our services. We are therefore very pleased to be able to make a statement together with the City in the spirit of the global climate goals and on the occasion of the anniversary of 25 years of UN City of Bonn."
25 years of UN City of Bonn
The United Nations has had offices in Bonn since 1951. The foundation for Bonn's development into the German city of the United Nations was laid in 1996 with the settlement of the Volunteers programme (UNV); the Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC) followed shortly afterwards. Twenty-five years later, the UN is represented in Bonn by more than 20 institutions and about 1,000 staff and has become the center for sustainability within the United Nations, surrounded by a growing network of governmental, scientific, economic and civil-society actors.