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60 Years of UNITAR - Panel Discussion and Reception in Bonn

UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023. Since 2020, UNITAR has also maintained an office on Bonn's UN Campus. The Bonn office marked the anniversary on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, with a high-level panel discussion on the past and future of education and research in response to current global challenges. Afterwards, the City and UNITAR hosted a joint reception on the UN Campus.

Deputy Mayor Dr. Ursula Sautter talks to Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director, UNITAR

Mayor Katja Dörner: I warmly congratulate UNITAR on its 60th anniversary and wish the Bonn office every success for its work now and in the future. Training and research on current, socially relevant issues such as combating the climate crisis, using our natural resources wisely and promoting a circular economy are of great importance for the future of humanity. UNITAR's Bonn office offers a unique blend of research and innovative learning opportunities for public and private sector professionals from all parts of the world.

UNITAR used its 60th birthday as an opportunity to look back and forward to the many challenges facing the world, but also to progress and achievements that have partly been triggered by education and research contributing to sustainable solutions. Through education and research, UNITAR aims to help involve young people, in particular, in the search for new solutions for a greener, more peaceful and sustainable way of life.

Participants in the panel discussion included Nikhil Seth, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR, Ina Parvanova from the Bonn-based World Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), Hubertus Hille, Managing Director of the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg Chamber of Trade and Industry, Sunandan Tiwari from the international cities network ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Thomas Vogel, GS Foundation, Ambassador Rainer Lassig from the UN Liaison Office of the Federal Foreign Office, and Professor Michael Hoch, Rector of the University of Bonn. 

Following the discussion, UNITAR and the City of Bonn hosted a reception and Deputy Mayor Dr. Ursula Sautter gave a welcoming speech. The panel discussion was financially supported by the City of Bonn as well.

UNITAR in Bonn

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It has become a leading provider of customized learning solutions for organizations and individuals from the public and private sectors to improve global decision-making and support country-level action to build a better future.

Since October 2020, UNITAR has also maintained an office in Bonn, Germany. Under the umbrella of the 2030 Agenda, the Bonn office offers research and training programs on multilateral democracy, climate change, e-waste, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, among others.