3 February 2014 - During his visit to the UN Campus in Bonn on 31 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the importance of the duty station for the work of the world organization. His visit to UN Bonn took place in the framework of an official visit to Germany, where among other official meetings, he inaugurated the new UN Scientific Advisory Board in Berlin and attended the Munich Security Conference.
While visiting the UN Campus in Bonn, Mr. Ban appreciated the role of the German Government as an active member of the United Nations and highlighted the fact that the UN agencies based in Bonn span a vast area of work including climate change, biodiversity and endangered species, sustainability, desertification, global volunteerism, water, energy, human security, health, tourism, education and skills, peace, disaster risk management and satellite-based information systems. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), which was negotiated in Bonn in 1979, is the oldest organization among the Bonn-based UN agencies and is also sometimes referred to as the “Bonn Convention”.
At the town-hall meeting for UN Bonn staff in the newly and sustainably refurbished “Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus” (former high-rise building for parliamentarians), the Secretary General commended UN staff for their work and contribution to world peace and development. He underlined three main goals, namely the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the subsequent creation of new Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of reaching a binding agreement on climate change in 2015.
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