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15th Federal Conference on Municipal Development Policy in Bonn

„Together. Fair. Global. Sustainable. Agenda 2030 - Communities Shape the Future“ is the motto of the 15th Federal Conference on Municipal Development Policy. It is taking place in Bonn from Monday to Wednesday, June 14-16, 2021, and is jointly organized by Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) and the City of Bonn.

Due to their proximity to the people, municipalities are crucial for the implementation of the United Nations' Agenda 2030 with its 17 global Sustainable Development Goals. Not only do they have a goal of their own (SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities), they also have special significance because almost all areas of municipal action are related to the goals in one form or another.

The solutions to global challenges are mostly found at the local level: fair procurement, social cohesion, digitization, climate protection, pandemic response. These topics - and the question of what this means in concrete terms for municipalities and their partners in the Global South are in the focus of the event. More than 700 participants from municipalities and civil society are registered.

The digital conference will be broadcast live from the World Conference Center Bonn at (opens in a new tab). Bonn's Mayor Katja Dörner will open the conference together with Federal Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller and NRW Minister President Armin Laschet.

Mayor Katja Dörner points out: "Bonn has been committed to municipal development policy for more than two decades. We have been working closely and successfully with the Service Agency Communities in One World for a long time and are therefore very pleased to be co-hosting this federal conference. It will provide important impetus for the role of municipalities and their crucial contribution to the implementation of the United Nations' Agenda 2030."

City of Bonn participates in the program

The City of Bonn is not only a co-host of the event, but also involved in the program with two workshops on "SDG Communication" and "Sustainability Reporting". It is also participating with a virtual exhibition stand at the so-called Market of Opportunities and has put together a virtual sightseeing program. Moreover, Mayor Dörner will be on the podium on the opening day as a representative of the Presidium of the German Association of Cities. Further information on the program is available at (opens in a new tab)

Municipal development policy in Bonn

The City of Bonn has long been committed to municipal development policy. In 1997, the Center for Municipal Development Cooperation was established in Bonn, from which the Service Agency Communities in One World emerged in 2002. In the early years, the City of Bonn supported the development of the Service Agency by assigning municipal staff, and to this day it contributes to the strategic orientation of SKEW, for example within the Program Advisory Board.

Bonn was one of the first municipalities in Germany to establish project partnerships with municipalities from other continents and, together with its Ghanaian project partner city of Cape Coast, became involved in the Service Agency's "Municipal Climate Partnerships" program in 2011. For more information on Bonn’s project partnerships, visit  this site.  In connection with the SKEW program on "Globally Sustainable Municipalities," the City of Bonn has also developed its first Sustainability Strategy, which has generated many new impulses in the administration and city society. 

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