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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 19, March 2009
ICLEI President David Cadman raises a flag to celebrate the opening of the new ICLEI Bonn Center
ICLEI Secretary General, Konrad Otto-Zimmermann being interview by Deutsche Welle, Germany's International broadcaster

ICLEI opens its 15th office in Bonn!

April 10, 2009

Local sustainability has a new home in Bonn, Germany, the ICLEI Bonn Center. Opened officially on 30 March 2009, “it strengthens global advocacy by local governments where actions on climate, ecomobility, and business relations are combined to influence the world’s agenda”, said David Cadman, ICLEI’s President, in the presence of Mayor Bärbel Dieckmann. ‘ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability’ is an association of more than 1050 cities and towns worldwide working to advance sustainability.

The official opening coincided with an important week of climate negotiations in Bonn, underlining the strategic importance of the city for ICLEI.

Bonn is home to the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, a partner of ICLEI involving local governments in international climate agreements. Other UN agencies and international organizations in Bonn are also adding synergy to ICLEI’s work on sustainability.

The ICLEI Bonn Center is a branch office of the ICLEI World Secretariat, which is located in the city of Toronto, Canada. From Bonn, ICLEI will coordinate its global programs on Climate [view presentation], EcoMobility, and Business Relations.

Since 1990, ICLEI, formerly known as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, has built a membership of more than 1050 Members in 67 countries.

From Mumbai, India (14 million inhabitants) to Mount Rainier, USA (8,000), ICLEI assists Members in becoming leaders of sustainability through its 14 other offices.

ICLEI is grateful for the support of its new host city of Bonn, which brokered European and State funding for the new office. ICLEI thanks the Ministry of Generations, Families, Women and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, together with the European Union, for the support provided for the establishment of the new international program office.

Located about 20 kilometres south of Cologne on the Rhine River in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990 to 1999.

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