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Rhine River view (© City of Bonn)
Rhine River view (© City of Bonn)

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Bonn – City of the United Nations

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The City of Bonn is host to the United Nations Headquarters in Germany. With a total of one thousand employees in the former capital of Germany, the United Nations bundles its efforts for a sustainable development here. Around half of their employees work in the Climate Department. Further fields of operation include the combat of desertification, voluntary action, species preservation as well as health and catastrophe prevention which are sometimes referred to as ‘Bonner topics’. The UN Campus is the geographical and procedural center of the UN. This unique setting has caused a clustering of actors who share similar missions, ultimately facilitating the transition from unsustainable to sustainable development. Federal institutions, development services, economic institutes, enterprises and the media – complemented by approximately 150 NGOs and the city of Bonn – are the key drivers in this cluster. Throughout the recent decades, a form of unique communication and cooperation culture has emerged between the various actors.

An underlying premise of Bonn’s cooperation with the partner cities Bukhara (Uzbekistan), Cape Coast (Ghana), Chengdu (China), La Paz (Bolivia), Minsk (Belarus) and Ulan Bator (Mongolia) is the support of projects which bring about progress in terms of sustainability. A case study from La Paz, Bolivia exemplifies this statement. There, experts work on a project designed to improve water quality in natural reserves. As a consequence, this project can have a lasting positive impact on people’s health in addition to preserving biological diversity and providing the means for climate adaptation.

Bonn’s role in protect the climate

Another project was realized in collaboration with the city of La Paz. An early warning system helps risk-affected residents by rapidly providing information in the face of threatening floods. As precipitation levels rise due to the effects of climate change, floods and landslides occur more frequently, leaving behind devastation in many parts of the Andean city. 70% of La Paz is prone to landslides. The City of Bonn will also play an active role in educational aspects of protect the climate.

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Key data: Germany


80.2 million


357,050 km²

GDP per capita

31,415 €





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Source: German Federal Foreign Office, UNDP


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