Bonn has managed over the past decade to shape a new profile for itself as the German City of the United Nations and a centre of international dialogue on key issues of the future. The Bonn UN Campus is a visible symbol of this development. Since July 1996, Bonn is entitled to call itself a UN City. Ten years later, in July 2006, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to hand the new branch office of the United Nations over to the then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The Federal Government had invested EUR 55 million into refurbishing the high-rise building which used to accommodate MP offices and is widely known by its nickname "Tall Eugene” (after the first name of a former President of Parliament). Almost all UN units residing in Bonn are assembled under its roof. A building in the immediate neighbourhood is being rebuilt as an ecological pilot project to accommodate the UN Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC) which is currently located in Haus Carstanjen.
Last update: May 10, 2012