The United Nations in Germany

VN Campus Bonn Enlarge image VN Campus Bonn (© Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn)

Germany not only contributes to the work of the United Nations  through its Permanent Missions in New York, Geneva and Vienna, but it is also a host country to the UN. More than 25 organizations with over 1000 staff members are located in Germany, making it one of the leading locations for UN offices worldwide.

The majority of UN organizations in Germany are to be found in Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. Starting with the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) in 1996, Bonn has continuously attracted more and more UN organizations.  There are currently 19 UN organizations  present in Bonn, most of them with a focus on development and environmental policies. The largest organization , with approximately 500 staff members, is the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Bonn is currently considered to be the global hub for sustainable development .

Germany provides ideal working conditions and world class facilities at the UN Campus by making good use of former parliamentary buildings and offices including the widely visible “Tall Eugene” , one of the landmark buildings of Bonn. Situated in the immediate vicinity to the UN Campus is the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB), which was inaugurated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Foreign Minister Steinmeier on June 7th, 2015 and can accomodate up to 5,000 participants attending international conferences or conventions. Follow the link in the column on the right to learn more about the WCCB and its advantages.

In addition to the UN Campus in Bonn, other cities in Germany have become home to a variety of other UN organizations. These include an office of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a representation of the World Food Programme (WFP) and of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Berlin, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, the German Office of the International Finance Corporation in Frankfurt/Main and the United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources in Dresden.

From German capital to sustainability capital: the UN Campus in Bonn

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Since 1994, when the law dividing up ministries and institutions between Bonn and Berlin was passed, it hasn't been a one-way street to Berlin. Bonn has reinvented itself as the United Nations’ base in Germany.