Bonn, 16 July 2008 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
began a two-day visit to Germany on Tuesday starting with
a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin,
with whom he discussed global issues like climate change,
food security, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
and other important topics.
On Wednesday he visited Bonn, where he was received by
the Lady Mayor, Bärbel Dieckmann at the old town
hall. Ban He then went on to sign the Golden Book of the
City of Bonn. With his signature, he wanted to "express
the gratitude of the entire family of the United Nations"
towards the city, "Bonn is an important European
location for the United Nations and a generous host for
our work and for the hundreds of UN staff members stationed
here", praised Ban Ki-moon, who visited the UN Campus
together with his wife Ban Soon-taek.
Ban Ki-moon went on to visit the United Nations Campus
in Bonn attending a Town Hall Meeting with UN staff in
the former Bundestag which is part of the new World Conference
Center. In his speech to UN Bonn staff, the Secretary
General reiterated that the city of Bonn was “a
globalized city and a city which is a friend to the United
Nations”. He then took some time to answer questions
from United Nations staff members, who were pleased to
be able to welcome their new Secretary-General in Bonn
for the first time.
Ban Ki-moon’s visit underlined the importance of
Bonn as the main location for UN agencies in Germany.