UN Day Celebrations: Acting and Negotiating in Bonn, Germany
This year, the celebration of UN Day in Germany’s UN city Bonn took place earlier than usual. And there was a very good reason for this. The UN family as well as the whole city of Bonn are busily finalizing preparations for the start of the UN Climate Conference early next month (COP 23, 6 – 17 November). More than 25.000 participants are expected to attend COP23 – the biggest conference which has ever been organised in Bonn. This year’s theme for UN Day gave also proof of that: „United for the Climate – Acting and Negotiating in Bonn.“
Thousands of people attended the festival on Bonn's market square in front of the city's Old Town Hall on 14 October. Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Lord Mayor of Bonn, Ashok Sridharan, welcomed the visitors. „We should make climate protection an issue for all – because it affects us all“, Sridharan underlined during his welcoming remarks.
The event was a great opportunity for the United Nations to raise awareness and reach out to the public. 29 UN entities from across Germany, numerous NGOs as well as Ministries shared information about their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and human development.
Thousands of visitors, young and old, visited the tents, asking questions about COP 23, the work of UN Volunteers and the humanitarian role of the UN. The day was also full of entertainment and activities for the whole family, including a stage programme showcasing music and dance performances from around the world.