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Japan Environment Quarterly (JEQ)
Volume 9 | March 2015

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Voice of MOE Family in the World

Bonn - Evolving International City



Junior Professional Officer, Climate Finance sub-programm, Finance, technology and capacity-building Programme, The secretariat of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Haus Carstanjen with snow - one of the UNFCCC secretariat offices
Logo: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Nestled along the beautiful Rhine, Bonn, the capital of former West Germany, has become a center of negotiations regarding issues of sustainable environment.

In particular, 2015 would be a year engraved in the history of climate change. Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) whose secretariat is in Bonn have continued heated discussions on a new international regime that will come into effect in 2020. This regime is to be agreed on at COP 21 in Paris at the end of the year. In addition, there are many other UN agencies in Bonn, which aim at promotion of global environmental benefits in the areas of preventing desertification and deve-loping intergovernmental platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Bonn has another unique feature - a good mixture of nature and culture as well as business. Residents enjoy their time in Rheinaue park and tourists remember Beethoven at his birthplace while some large companies have their headquarters here. Such harmonization will enable this city to provide a new model of integration with people from around the world.

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