The United Nations in Germany
UN Campus Bonn, © Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn
The United Nations is not only found overlooking the East River or Lake Geneva. The UN is also located in Germany! The German city Bonn is the main UN location with over 1000 UN staff members are active especially in development and environmental policies.
Germany not only contributes to the work of the United Nations through its Permanent Missions in New York, Geneva and Vienna, it is also a major 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 continued to attract more and more UN organizations. There are currently 20 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 considered to be the global hub for sustainable development.
Germany provides ideal working conditions and world-class facilities at the UN Campus, which are housed in 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 in2015 and can accommodate up to 5,000 participants attending international conferences or conventions.
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.