Bonn is the U.N. City of Germany, where 18 U.N. organizations with around 950 employees work for sustainable development worldwide. The commitment for environment and development is also the focus of many other stakeholders based here – the federal ministries, developmental agencies, scientific and research institutions, big businesses and around 150 NGOs that are international, or operate internationally. Every year, to mark a special cause, the City of Bonn has made it its tradition to enter into an annual partnership with one of these NGOs, jointly giving a special platform to the causes and concerns of the partner organization.
In 2012, IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, is the annual partner of the City of Bonn. In 2012 IFOAM celebrates its 40th anniversary, and the thematic connections are diverse – especially through the engagement of the City of Bonn for biological diversity and through the presence of many other important local stakeholders, active in this thematic field. It is therefore a special pleasure to be able to send, through this partnership, a strong signal to the upcoming “Rio + 20 conference”.
In Bonn, the United Nations Organization focuses its efforts on worldwide sustainable development. Two of the three conventions (desertification and climate change) initiated in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro are based in Bonn. The third (biodiversity) held a groundbreaking Conference of Parties in Bonn in 2008.
Bonn is a place where sustainability is conceived anew, and many, diverse contributions to “Rio + 20” are formulated. Bonn and the stakeholders based here do not make demands; they volunteer. The proposal from Bonn is: we will do every thing in our means and networks to contribute to sustainable development, to confront threats and to motivate people to commit.