Statement of Mayor Ashok Sridharan
Dear UN Bonn and international Community,
the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging Bonn, is challenging us. In agreement with the state authorities, the City of Bonn has adopted extensive measures to slow down the spread of the virus. Flattening the infection curve means protecting the most vulnerable parts of our communities: the elderly and people with existing serious medical conditions.
Together, we can and will master this extreme situation, even if it takes sacrifices: Please refrain from social contacts in order to protect yourself and the people around you.
Let us stand side by side while staying at a safe distance from each other.
Thank you very much for your understanding and support.
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As Germany’s United Nations City and home to many international or internationally operating organizations, Bonn has become a hub of a network whose actors are dedicated to solving the questions relating to sustainable human development. The United Nations, federal ministries and federal superior authorities, around 150 non-governmental organizations and the local global players of the economy all shape the international location. In addition, Bonn has also developed an internationally oriented scientific profile with excellent networks.
As a conference venue, Bonn was able to prove its experience many times over. It was only in November of 2017 that Bonn hosted the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (COP 23 of UNFCCC) for two weeks. With well over 15,000 participants, the conference posed a major logistical challenge, which the host city mastered with flying colors.
As a growing international location, Bonn is also home to a steadily increasing number of international employees and their families. The city’s roughly 320,000 inhabitants now come from over 170 countries. For many of them, the attractive city on the Rhine has become their new home away from home.