The dynamic development of the United Nations presence in Germany is proof of Germany’s commitment to the United Nations and its goals. Since its inauguration in 2006, the UN Campus in Bonn is the United Nations' main location in Germany. A number of important UN institutions are also located in Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt am Main. Hamburg, for instance, is the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and of the UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank, the International Labour Organization as well as the World Food Programme all have offices in Berlin. Frankfurt am Main is home to the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation.
The Federal City of Bonn is now home to 19 large and small UN organizations, programmes and offices. UN institutions were based here since 1951, but it was the move by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in 1996 which gave the city’s development as a UN location a real boost. Today, the focus of many Bonn-based UN organizations - such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with approximately 550 staff members - is on sustainable development, reflecting the great importance which Germany attaches to development and the environmental issues. The number of UN staff in Bonn has increased from a few dozen in the mid-nineties to almost 1000 today.
Bonn is well-prepared for the expansion of the UN presence: the World Conference Centre Bonn (WCCB), situated right next to the UN Campus, is being expanded by a 3500‑seat conference hall. In addition, UN organizations can use the plenary area of the old Bundestag (German Parliament) complex.
Many environmental problems cross national borders and can only be overcome through international cooperation. International climate- and environmental policy encompasses a multitude of topics: