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2024 International Conference Highlights in Bonn

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought will take place in Bonn on June 17, 2024. The occasion is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), whose secretariat is based in the city. The event is just one highlight in a series of high-profile international conferences taking place in Bonn throughout the year.

In a communication for the Committee for Europe, International Affairs, Science, Economics and Labor, the city administration provides an overview of the upcoming top-class conferences and events in the city. "With the conferences and meetings of the United Nations and other organizations taking place here, Bonn has also established itself internationally as a conference and meeting venue," emphasizes Bonn's Mayor Katja Dörner. "I hope that Bonn will once again provide important impetus, especially on such pressing issues as combating the climate crisis and protecting biodiversity."

World Space Forum

The United Nations/Germany World Space Forum 2024, jointly organized by Germany and the United Nations, will take place at the World Conference Center Bonn from 3 to 5 December 2024. The theme of the conference is "Sustainable Space for Sustainability on Earth". The conference is organized by the German Space Agency at DLR on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action together with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Around 300 guests from politics, industry and science are expected to attend. 

Bonn Europe Day

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, Bonn's annual Europe Day will take place on Market Square and in the Old Town Hall. Against the backdrop of the European elections, which will be held in Germany on 9 June 2024, European and European policy organizations, associations and initiatives from Bonn will present their work and invite citizens to discover and talk about Europe and its potential and opportunities. 

UNFCCC Bonn Climate Conference

From June 3 to 13, the so-called Subsidiary Bodies of the Bonn-based United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC SB60) will once again meet at the World Conference Center Bonn. Traditionally, these "interim negotiations" are of great importance for the preparation of the next climate conference, which will take place in Azerbaijan from November 11 to 22, 2024. Around 3,000 to 4,000 delegates from all over the world regularly take part in the two-week interim negotiations. 

Daring Cities

For the fifth time, the city network ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Bonn, together with partners, are hosting the Daring Cities forum for cities in the climate crisis. Daring Cities is the global forum for cities that are taking ambitious action to tackle the climate crisis. It coincides with the June negotiations of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and enables mayors, experts and climate negotiators to engage in informal exchange to improve cooperation between the relevant decision-making levels. 

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Federal Republic of Germany will host the central ceremony for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17, 2024 in Bonn. There are likely to be further campaigns and events around the World Day focusing on soil as a basis for life.

DW Global Media Forum

In 2024, Deutsche Welle is once again inviting media professionals from all over the world to the Global Media Forum in Bonn on June 17 and 18. Around 2,000 participants from around 100 countries are once again expected to attend – and to discuss and network at - the media conference in Bonn. The City of Bonn will again provide organizational and protocol support for the conference.

Bonn SDG Days

The Bonn SDG Days will be held from September 20 to October 6 as Bonn's traditional contribution to the German Sustainability Action Days of the German Council for Sustainable Development and the "Global Week to #Act4SDGs" of the UN SDG Action Campaign. The #ZeroHungerRun organized by Welthungerhilfe with the City of Bonn as a cooperation partner is a proven major event. Under the motto "#Sustainability in the spotlight", there will once again be offers and activities in the 17-Goal Zone Friedrichstraße in cooperation with the One World Promoter for Bonn and southern NRW, the Bonn Network for Development, business people in and around Friedrichstraße and other partners. For example, offers around "Education meets development" are planned in cooperation with local schools in the vicinity of the action zone. Following the successful premiere of "BonnFest meets Bonn SDG Days" in 2023, cooperation will also be continued at this year's BonnFest with a dedicated SDG stage on Market Square and various stands (SDG stand, stand against food waste by the European Commission Representation in Bonn, etc.) to make the global SDGs visible.

EFI Annual Conference 2024

The annual conference of the European Forest Institute (EFI) will be held in Bonn from September 18 to 20, 2024. The City of Bonn will provide organizational and protocol support for the conference, e.g. through visibility measures in the city and protocol events such as a reception in the Old Town Hall.

Bonn UN Day

The Charter of the United Nations came into force on October 24, 1945. Since then, this date has been celebrated as "United Nations Day" in many member states and host cities of the United Nations. For the UN City of Bonn, this day is of particular significance. Since 1996, the city has celebrated the birthday of the United Nations with a major event on Bonn's Market Square in front of the Old Town Hall, where various federal ministries and organizations present information on current United Nations issues alongside the United Nations Secretariats based in Bonn. The event is planned for October 19, 2024. The content will once again focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to presentations in tents and at information stands, a colorful stage program for the whole family will again be on offer.

Annual partnership with the International Women's Center

The International Women's Center (IFZ) is the official annual partner of the City of Bonn in 2024. Founded in 1999, it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The IFZ developed out of the Local Agenda 21. Today, around 100 women from Europe, Asia, Africa and America as well as organizations from the fields of peace, refugee and women's work are members of the IFZ. As part of the annual partnership, the city will draw public attention to the work of the IFZ through various activities. In addition, joint events will be planned throughout the year.