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25th UN entity: Development Programme opens Bonn office

Mayor Katja Dörner received the Director of the representative office, Michael Leutert, for a first exchange in the City Hall.

In the 25th anniversary year as Germany’s United Nations City, Bonn warmly welcomes its 25th UN entity: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recently opened its premises in Bonn. 

Mayor Katja Dörner received the Director of the representative office, Michael Leutert, for a first exchange in the City Hall on Thursday, November 25, 2021. "I am delighted that the United Nations Development Programme now has its own presence in Bonn," Dörner said. "The establishment will further strengthen Bonn as a German UN city and hub for sustainable development."

The task of the new UNDP representation is to make the work of the United Nations Development Programme more visible, to establish and maintain new partnerships with actors from politics, business and civil society in Germany, and to inform political decision-makers about UNDP's work in developing and emerging countries.

At the same time, UNDP also offers itself as a partner for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for example in the areas of environmental and climate protection as well as crisis prevention and resilience building in conflict regions. The UNDP representative office in Germany is based in Bonn and has a smaller branch office in Berlin. 

25th Anniversary of UN Bonn

The United Nations has maintained offices in Bonn since the year 1951. The cornerstone for Bonn's development into the German city of the United Nations was laid in 1996 with the settlement of the Volunteers Program (UNV); the Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC) followed shortly thereafter. Twenty-five years later, the UN is now represented in Bonn by 25 institutions and around 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.

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