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ICLEI opens its International Program Center in Bonn, Germany
On mid-January the first employees of the ICLEI International Program Center started working in the city of Bonn, Germany.
The ICLEI International Program Center, also know as ICLEI Bonn Center, will act as a branch office of the ICLEI World Secretariat which sits in the city of Toronto, Canada. From the Bonn Center, ICLEI will coordinate its programs on Climate Protection, EcoMobility and Business Relations.
On Climate Protection, the ICLEI Bonn Center will act as:
- Liaison Office to the United Nations Secretariat on Climate Change - ICLEI is the official coordinator of the involvement of local governments worldwide in the Climate Change Conference of the Parties and has observer status. Thus, it will put forward the concerns of local governments during Climate Change deliberations.
- Secretariat of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change - The World Mayors Council on Climate Change was founded during the 2005 UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal. The propositions of mayors worldwide on international climate change negotiations will be put forward from the ICLEI Bonn Center.
- Center on Local Climate Change Reporting - In cooperation with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), ICLEI will organize the reporting of local governments from all over the world about their greenhouse gas emissions reductions. ICLEI will also coordinate the contributions of cities on climate change in the UN Climate Change Report.
Since mid-January, the Secretariat of the Global Alliance for EcoMobility also sits in the ICLEI Bonn Center. The Global Alliance for EcoMobility (also know as EcoMobility Alliance) is a global, cross-sectoral partnership for the integrated promotion of walking, cycling, wheeling and passenging (use of public transport). The EcoMobility Alliance was founded at the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.
The Alliance will focus on promoting EcoMobility in cities, towns and rural settlements and advocate for EcoMobility as part of the solution in combating the effects of climate change.
The solution to complex problems facing cities around the world requires a strong collaboration between the local governments and the business sector in order to offer technological and financial solutions.
The establishment and maintenance of relationships with global companies will fall under the responsibility of the Business Relations team. This will include the development of partnership programs on energy and climate change, drinking water, biodiversity and training programs for young local politicians .
The ICLEI Bonn Center was established in Bonn following a host offer from the local city government with the financial support from the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Union.
For further information please contact:
ICLEI Bonn Center
Tel: +49-228 / 97 62 99-0
Located about 20 kilometers south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, it was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990 to 1999.
An International city
Bonn has developed into a hub of international cooperation in particular in the area of environment and sustainable development. In addition to a number of other international organizations and institutions, such as, for instance, the IUCN Environmental Law Center (IUCN ELC) the City currently hosts 16 United Nations institutions. Among these are two of the so-called Rio Conventions, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The number of UN agencies in Bonn, most of which are based at the newly established United Nations Campus in the city's former parliamentary quarter on the banks of the Rhine, continues to grow.
A center for business
Bonn is the seat of some of Germany's largest corporate players, chiefly in the areas of telecommunications and logistics. Simultaneously, Bonn is establishing itself as an important national and international centre of meetings, conventions and conferences, many of which are directly related to the work of the United Nations. A new conference centre capable of hosting thousands of participants is currently under construction in the immediate vicinity of the UN Campus.