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. With the older parliamentary office building, a further complex of buildings was handed over to the United Nations in October 2012. 275 staff members of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) are working there today. To meet the increasing demand for space for the United Nations in Bonn, a further building is under construction at the UN Campus at this time.
Last update: January 4, 2016