German City Of Bonn Serves As Center For U.N.’s Sustainable Development, Climate Activities; Germany Launches Online Platform To Track SDGs

Devex: How Bonn became a sustainable development hub
“…[In June 1991,] the German Bundestag — the country’s parliament — affirmed that the seat of government would return to Berlin [with the reunification of East and West Germany], hosting the central components of the German legislature and executive. That left Bonn, which had served as the capital of West Germany since 1949, out in the cold. … Three years later, policymakers adopted the Berlin/Bonn Act, which detailed the governmental transition to Berlin. But it also made commitments to help position Bonn, which sits along the Rhine River almost exactly in the middle of the country’s west, as an ‘international hub, a city for international organizations,’ [Harald Ganns, senior adviser to the United Nations,] said. … Twenty-five years later, Bonn is now a center for the United Nations’ climate and sustainability activities, pulling in many other organizations working around these issues…” (Green, 7/10).

Xinhua News: German statistics office launches online platform to track SDGs
“A new online platform providing data on the status of development in Germany in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (U.N.) was launched by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Tuesday. The platform is open source and available in German and English. It contains data on Germany’s progress for 62 percent of the SDG indicators. For one-third of the indicators, Destatis was still ‘exploring data sources’…” (7/9).

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