The Federal city of Bonn has an excellent reputation as a UN location. The German Government is committed to its further development. Following his meeting yesterday (8 September) with the Heads of the United Nations (UN) organizations in Germany, Gernot Erler, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, said:
"Our efforts to offer the UN organizations attractive conditions have met with a positive international response. Bonn's reputation as a UN location is excellent. We will continue to work intensively to develop it and in doing so can count on support from the United Nations itself."
The UN representatives expressed their appreciation of the very good conditions for their work in Germany and particularly in Bonn, where 16 of the 17 organizations are located in the block known as "Langer Eugen" which used to house MPs' offices. With the Federal Foreign Office the United Nations has, since the beginning of this year, had a central point of contact for questions relating to its accommodation and to its staff's stays in Germany.
The UN representatives recalled the visit by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 16 July 2008, which was a clear sign of Bonn's increased importance as a UN location. They agreed to support efforts to further develop the United Nations' presence in Germany.
The focus of the political discussion at the meeting was development in Africa. Minister of State Erler agreed with the Heads of the UN organizations, whose work is predominantly in the field of sustainable development, that major progress had been made in developing a peace and security structure in Africa. Germany and the UN organizations will continue to support Africa in its search for truly African solutions.