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Bonn International Newsletter


 

Edition 10, April 2018

18.04. 2018



Editorial

Editorial

Dear Friend of Bonn,

We hope you will enjoy reading the second edition of our International Newsletter in 2018. Spring is here in Bonn - the cherry trees in our old city district are in full bloom. And many Bonners enjoy an ice cream or a cool drink in our cafés and beer gardens these days - in the city that some call the northernmost city of Italy!

For the first weekend in May, we are again expecting up to 500,000 visitors for this year’s edition of the ‘Rhine in Flames’. With a reference to COP23 in our city this past November bringing thousands of international guests to Bonn, this year’s event will be entitled ‘Around the world - and the world as our guest’. As in previous years, there will be a great music programme and spectacular fireworks along the river!

In this edition of Bonn International, we will look back at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, which was again organized by the Bonn-based UN SDG Action Campaign - and at the closing event for a state model project entitled ‘Global Sustainable Community’. Bonn has laid down its own Sustainability Strategy under this project, which is to be adopted by the City Council in mid-2018.

And this spring has brought much more for sustainability in and from Bonn: GIZ has opened its new campus at Kottenforst. Our guest author Dirk Bange from GIZ will report on the opening and design of the new facilities in our city.
Raising awareness for Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their implications for local action in Bonn will also be in the focus of the SDG Action Days, which will be organized for the first time in the city this year in the larger framework of the German and European Sustainability Days.
The University of Bonn is celebrating its 200th birthday with a number of activities and events throughout the entire anniversary year, also placing a special emphasis on the theme of sustainability. Events in the city include lectures, exhibitions, dance performances and festivals and will be on offer on numerous occasions throughout 2018.
A special highlight in this context is the new traveling exhibition in Bonn entitled ‘Examples to Follow’ - an official contribution to the SDGs, the Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation Bonn, the European Week for Sustainable Development 2018 and the German Action Days for Sustainability, which has been organized in cooperation with Engagement Global, the German Development Institute and SDSN Germany.

For this edition of Bonn International, we also spoke to the President of the Bonn-based organization that was working tirelessly behind the scenes as the eyes of the world were on March’s PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea: Andrew Parsons, who has been President of the International Paralympic Committee in Bonn since September 2017.

And we will provide you with some details on the next edition of the Global Media Forum, hosted by Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, coming up in June. The special focus will be on global inequalities - from political and economic power relations to social issues and digitization.

Learn more about the ‘Examples to Follow’ and see what’s on in Bonn at:
www.bonn-international.de
Stay tuned!




Uniting the world around the SDGs: Global Festival of Action in Bonn from 21 to 23 March 2018

Uniting the world around the SDGs: Global Festival of Action in Bonn from 21 to 23 March 2018

The three-day Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is Bonn’s annual SDG event to connect the global community and drive action for the Sustainable Development Goals. The festival is organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, with support rendered by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Foreign Office. The event provides an interactive space to showcase innovation as well as the different approaches to SDG implementation. It offers a dynamic platform for exchange for organizations and individuals alike and an opportunity for building new partnerships to address the challenges of our time.

Mayor Sridharan opened the conference, welcoming over roughly 1,500 participants at the World Conference Center Bonn. The City of Bonn also took part by organizing a special workshop during the festival, in cooperation with four other cities of the EUROCITIES network: Malmö, Stuttgart, Ghent and Utrecht.



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The ‘Global Sustainable Community’: a pilot project for the local implementation of Global Sustainability Goals

The ‘Global Sustainable Community’: a pilot project for the local implementation of Global Sustainability Goals

On 22 March 2018, the closing event of a model project took place in Bonn - a project that is unique Europe-wide. The city of Bonn had taken part in this two-year project for the local implementation of global sustainability goals along with fifteen other North Rhine-Westphalian model communities.

All pilot municipalities developed a sustainability strategy under this project in the context of the United Nations' Agenda 2030. The final event was hosted by the state working group Agenda 21 NRW, in cooperation with the Service Agency Communities in One World / Engagement Global. Bonn's Mayor Ashok Sridharan spoke at the opening of the event, which was attended by mayors of the participating model municipalities and experts from North Rhine-Westphalia.



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GIZ opens Campus Kottenforst: Bonn-Röttgen now home to GIZ training for experts in global sustainable development

GIZ opens Campus Kottenforst: Bonn-Röttgen now home to GIZ training for experts in global sustainable development

By Dirk Bange, GIZ

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has opened its new training centre in Bonn-Röttgen. At the Campus Kottenforst’ GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) offers demand-oriented training for the company’s own employees and for the staff of a wide range of international cooperation organisations.



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The International Paralympic Committee: Transforming the world through Para sport

The International Paralympic Committee: Transforming the world through Para sport

As the eyes of the world were on March’s PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea, one Bonn-based organisation was working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure its success. Since 1999, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has been based in Bonn and today employs more than 100 people. The city has a true international atmosphere, which suits the IPC, as a majority of the Bonn-based staff come from across the world. Just as their work involves interacting with various people and cultures, the staff can live that out socially by meeting other internationals in the city. Also, Bonn is surrounded by beautiful nature and is central to other nearby cities and towns, allowing for opportunities to disconnect when needed.

As the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, the IPC aspires to make for a more inclusive society through Para sport. Every four years it oversees the organisation of the Paralympic Games and acts as the International Federation for 10 sports organising World and regional Championships for athletes with an impairment. Through working with is 202 global members, the IPC has grown the Paralympic Games into the world’s third biggest sporting event attracting millions of spectators and billions of TV viewers around the globe. Today, only the Olympics and FIFA World Cup are bigger events, while the Paralympic Games is now widely regarded as the world’s number one sport event for driving social inclusion.

Brazilian Andrew Parsons is the IPC President, who was elected for a four-year term in September 2017. The editors of Bonn’s International Newsletter spoke to him about the IPC’s achievements and mission.



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‘Global Inequalities’ - 2018 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

‘Global Inequalities’ - 2018 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

The 11th edition of the Global Media Forum (GMF) hosted by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, will take place from June 11-13 in the World Conference Center in Bonn. This year’s focus will be on ‘Global Inequalities’. Inequality is widespread: From political and economic power relations to social issues and digitalization.



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