"I very much welcome the establishment of the UNAIDS office in our city and thank the Federal Government for its support," said Mayor Katja Dörner. "With UNAIDS, the UN family in Bonn will gain an institution and new areas of responsibility. Together, we will work towards the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths."
The meeting at the Old Town Hall included an exchange on the international site and information on various issues of the city administration, such as administrative services, housing and daycare and school. Deputy Mayor Melanie Grabowy, who represented Mayor Katja Dörner, welcomed the delegation.
The UNAIDS office in Bonn - the UN agency is based in Geneva - will house management functions of UNAIDS, including human resources management, information and communications technology, finances and the independent evaluation office. Operations will begin in the next few months and will be part of the UNAIDS Secretariat's more geographically dispersed "global center." Roughly 45 UNAIDS staff will be based in Bonn.