On June 20, 1996 the German government handed over Haus Carstanjen as an office building to the United Nations, a day now celebrated as the birth of Bonn as a UN city. The UNCCD Secretariat moved to Bonn in 1999. Today, Bonn is seen and appreciated worldwide as a genuine UN city with international staff of almost 1 000 and the UN campus hosting 24 different agencies. Sustainable development has become a clear trademark for the UN entities in Bonn supported by Bonn’s environment with numerous international and national governmental and non-governmental organizations, a number of important scientific and academic institutions and the city itself. All of these institutions strive to operate in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way – a unique cluster of excellence. The fact that Bonn also was the capital of Germany for almost 50 years plays an important role, especially in a city of such cozy dimensions. Here, following the Rhineland tradition, people are hospitable, cosmopolitan and knows how to welcome other cultures and lifestyles. That’s why wherever you come from, once you're in Bonn, you feel at home.
Adapted from UNRIC news