Bonn has managed over the past decade to shape for itself a new profile as the German City of the United Nations and a centre of international dialogue on key issues of the future. The Bonn UN Campus is a visible symbol of this development. Since July 1996, Bonn is entitled to call itself a UN City. Ten years later, in July 2006, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to hand the new branch office of the United Nations over to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The Federal Government had invested EUR 55 million into refurbishing the high-rise building which used to accommodate MP offices and is widely known by its nickname "Tall Eugene” (after the first name of a former President of Parliament). Eleven of the twelve UN units residing in Bonn are assembled under its roof. The other, older MP office building is being rebuilt as an ecological pilot project to serve as the future seat of the UN Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC).
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Photo taken in Gronau, Bonn, Germany
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