Shaping a sustainable future
Over the past two decades, Bonn has successfully established itself as the German city of the United Nations and as a center for international cooperation and hub for sustainable development. 25 United Nations organizations with over 1,000 employees are now based in Bonn, including the Climate Change Secretariat and the Secretariat to Combat Desertification. Under the motto "Shaping a sustainable future", the United Nations is working from Bonn towards this end. In addition to federal agencies and institutions of German development cooperation, numerous scientific institutions, companies and some 150 international and internationally active non-governmental organizations are also based in Bonn.
At the latest with the World Climate Conference in 2017 - the largest international conference in Germany to date with 22,000 participants - Bonn has also firmly established itself as a venue for major international conferences, to which the cosmopolitan attitude and hospitality of the people of Bonn have contributed.
Since July 1996, Bonn can call itself a UN city, thus celebrating its 25th anniversary as Germany’s United Nations City in 2021. In July 2006, German Chancellor Angela Merkel handed over the main building of the current UN Campus to the United Nations in Bonn. The Federal Government had invested 55 million Euros in the reconstruction of the former high-rise building for members of parliament, also known as "Langer Eugen"(Tall Eugene). Almost all of Bonn's UN organizations work there under one roof. As the headquarters of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, the Old Parliamentary Building was converted as a model project for ecological construction and moved into in 2013. In order to create space for an additional 330 United Nations jobs on the existing UN Campus, an 18-story new building is currently being constructed in accordance with the gold standard under the rating system for sustainable construction for federal buildings (BNB). The foundation stone for this was laid on October 6, 2016.
With the World Conference Center Bonn, Bonn has a conference center of the most modern standard as well, tailored to the needs of the United Nations.
"UN Bonn - Shaping a Sustainable Future" is the thematic umbrella under which the institutions of the United Nations in Bonn are working together and with many partners on site. Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are their incentive for finding answers and ways to create a sustainable future on our planet.
In addition, there are organizations under international law such as the Global Crops Diversity Trust and the International Renewable Energy Agency's Innovation and Technology Center (IITC).