International co-operation also ranks high in the activities of the City of Bonn itself. The City is a member of numerous city networks, European associations, panels, and city twinnings. It is involved in international development co-operation on the municipal level, international youth projects and in the international dialogue of cultures.

The city has developed a concept of international co-operation and maintains sustainability oriented project partnerships instead of traditional city twinning, among others with Chengdu (China), Minsk (Republic of Belarus), and Ulan Baatar (Mongolia). These joint projects have a sustainable development orientation - such as the energy efficiency project involving schools in Bonn and Bukhara (Uzbekistan), the lifeweb project for biodiversity and climate change adaption in La Paz (Bolivia), and the renaturation of the Fosu lagoon in Cape Coast (Ghana).

So Bonn´s central theme is sustainability - and the City practices what it preaches. It joined the city network ICLEI and the Climate Alliance of Cities. Bonn is involved in the international network LAB Local Action for Biodiversity and in the Global Partnership on Local and Sub-national Action for Biodiversity. In addition, the Mayor of Bonn was elected Vice-Chairperson of the World Council of Mayors on Climate Change in 2009.

Contact information

Stefan Wagner
Department of International Affairs and Global Sustainability
City of Bonn
Altes Rathaus, Markt
53111 Bonn
Phone: +49 2 28 / 77 35 00
E-mail: stefan.wagner(at)

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Taking Bonn abroad: Nomination of Bonn Ambassadors

Germany-wide as well as abroad, the City of Bonn stands for internationality and economic potential. Bonn as international location sends out signals for sustainable development and cooperation into the world. As a location for business, the city is characterized by innovation and strong economic potential.

In both of these areas, local personalities have been found whose reputation and international networks are excellent and whose opinion easily makes its weight felt.

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