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25 Years of UN City Bonn: Discussion on Science in Global Debates

The anniversary program on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations in Bonn is moving on to the next event. On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 5 p.m., the focus will be on science and its important role in global debates. In a ‘discussion salon’ entitled "Listen to science made in Bonn", scientists from Bonn will talk about their work with and for the United Nations.

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 5 p.m., the focus will be on science and its important role in global debates. In a ‘discussion salon’ entitled "Listen to science made in Bonn", scientists from Bonn will talk about their work with and for the United Nations. The online conversation addresses the following questions, amongst others:

  • Why does the UN need science?
  • How can research promote global debates?
  • What scientific services are provided for the UN in Bonn?
  • And how does cooperation with the United Nations work?

Discussion partners are:

  • Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Scientific Director of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research and Professor for Global Change and Systemic Risks at the University of Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz, Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE) and Honorary Professor for Global Sustainability and its Normative Foundations at the Center for Ethics and Responsibility (ZEV) at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS)
  • Jun. Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger, Junior Professor in the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn and Head of the Junior Research Group "At the Science Policy Interfaces: Land Use, Synergies, and Conflicts within the framework of the 2030 Agenda"
  • Dr. Koko Warner, Head of the Climate Impacts, Vulnerability, and Risks Area of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Environment and Climate Adaptation Program
  • Robert Spaull, Head of Communications, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Please note that this event will be held in German.

Register here:  https://eveeno.com/163003963 (opens in a new tab)

Further events in German are planned in connection with the Bonn SDG Days at the end of September as well as at the end of November.

Research with and for the United Nations in Bonn

Bonn is home to numerous excellent research institutions. Some of them work closely with and for the UN organizations based here. During the COP23 World Climate Conference in Bonn in November 2017, leading research institutions and universities in Bonn and the region joined forces to form the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research. It addresses the complexity of problems and issues in the sustainability landscape through networked science. The common goal is to provide scientific support for the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 at local and global level. To this end, the Bonn Alliance and its partner institutions combine university and non-university, applied and basic research.

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 opening of the Volunteers programme (UNV); the Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC) followed shortly thereafter. Twenty-five years later, the UN is represented in Bonn by more than 20 institutions and about 1,000 employees and has become the center for sustainability within the United Nations, surrounded by a growing network of governmental, scientific, economic and civil-society actors. 

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