North Rhine-Westphalia and GIZ launch international conference series
‘Bonn Conference for Global Transformation’ set to strengthen Bonn
Bonn, 26 June 2014 – Bonn is to host a new international series of conferences. The ‘Bonn Conference for Global Transformation’ promises to attract several hundred participants from the spheres of policy-making, business, research and academia and civil society from all over the world – thus further consolidating Bonn’s role as Germany’s leading venue for international cooperation. Today, Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, met in the Old City Hall to sign the cooperation agreement for the conference, which is due to premiere in Bonn in 2015 and thereafter take place every two years. The conference will be addressing the implementation of the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Minister Angelica Schwall-Düren explained, ‘With this conference series we are making a major contribution to the discussion on tackling the global challenges of the future. And what better place is there to discuss these than the international venue Bonn! I am particularly pleased that the project cooperation arrangement that we entered into with GIZ two years ago has developed so positively.’
Tanja Gönner added, ‘GIZ is at home in Bonn. Our work on this conference series together with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia will further help strengthen Bonn as a site of international cooperation. The Bonn Conference aims to set a strong and visible signal, calling on all groups in society and among policy-makers to make their contribution toward global sustainable development.’
The Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the United Nations Millennium Development Goals after 2015, are designed to advance global transformation toward sustainable development. They address not only developing countries and emerging economies, but for the first time also take focus on life in industrialised countries. For all countries, the conference will revolve around the question of what needs to be changed to make the world sustainable.
Dr Angelica Schwall-Düren is Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and responsible for the area of One World and development policy.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. We support the German Government in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education. Through our work we assist people and societies in shaping their own future and improving living conditions.
Nina Heil (Spokesperson for Minister Schwall-Düren)
Marion Frank (GIZ Corporate Communications)