From Bonn to the World
Cooperation with UN organizations
From Bonn to the World
Cooperation with UN organizations

Current notice - Registration COP28 closed

Registration (nomination) for COP28 in Dubai closed July 31, 2023. Your contact for nominations is Dr. Sandra Gilgan.

Cooperation with UN organizations and intergovernmental bodies

The United Nations is represented by 25 organizations in Bonn. UN Bonn works in the areas of climate change, desertification, biodiversity, global volunteer work, health, human security, disaster risk management and satellite-based information systems, vocational training, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the areas of climate and biodiversity, the University and some BORA members are collaborating with UN agencies and intergovernmental bodies on assessments and solutions to the global climate and biodiversity crisis.

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COP5 & COP23

The first UN climate conference was held in Berlin in 1995. The fifth was held in Bonn in 1999, as was COP23 in 2017 - the founding moment of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research.

BORA & UNFCCC

The University of Bonn one of 22 German universities registered with UNFCCC. Other registered BORA members are IDOS and the Max Planck Society.

IPCC Report

To contribute to the reports of the IPCC, one has to be appointed; four colleagues of BORA members have already been successfully nominated for authorship of the IPCC Report.

Participation in the field of climate

Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the international environmental agreement on climate protection and climate justice at the center of political action with regard to the climate crisis. The 198 signatory states meet annually at the UN climate conferences (Conference of Parties, COPs, also known as the World Climate Summit), where concrete measures for climate protection are discussed. Here, so-called accredited observer organizations are permitted to send representatives to participate. It is also possible to participate in the Bonn Climate Change Conferences in this way.

Participation in UNFCCC meetings requires nomination through an online system; eventual participation depends on quota allocation by the UN.

Note: If you plan to participate in the Climate COP, please plan your participation early. Experience shows that the deadline for nominations is usually already in July.

UNFCCC Calendar

Designated Contact Point for the University of Bonn:
Dr. Sandra Gilgan
s.gilgan@uni-bonn.de

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a UN agency that provides a framework for governments, scientists, and IPCC staff to work together to produce the world's most reliable scientific assessments of climate change. Observer organizations can also send representatives to the meetings and plenary sessions.

At the IPCC, the University of Bonn is one of 14 accredited universities worldwide, along with Princeton, Cambridge and Yale. Other registered BORA members are IDOS and the Max Planck Society.

Participation in IPCC meetings requires nomination through an online system; eventual participation depends on quota allocation by the UN.

IPCC Calendar

Designated Contact Point für die Universität Bonn:
Dr. Sandra Gilgan
s.gilgan@uni-bonn.de

To work on the reports of the IPCC, one must be appointed; the work is voluntary. In 2019, for example, the IPCC has invited nominations for experts to contribute to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

Colleagues of BORA members have already been successfully nominated for authorship:


Participation in the field of biodiversity

Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD)

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the most important multilateral treaty for the protection of biodiversity. Its main objectives are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The Conference of the Parties (COPs) is the governing body of the Convention, driving its implementation through the decisions it takes at its regular meetings. Representatives of observer institutions are admitted to these meetings.

The University of Bonn is accredited as an observer organization.

Participation in UN CBD meetings requires nomination through an online system; eventual participation depends on quota distribution.

UN CBD Calendar

Designated Contact Point for the University of Bonn:
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
E-Mail: lfreuden@uni-bonn.de

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Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly decided to create the so-called Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which compiles and assesses knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem functions and their interrelationships and processes it for policy advice.

Identifying policy-relevant tools and methods to support policy formulation and implementation is a central task of IPBES. Unlike the IPCC, IPBES is not a United Nations body, but an independent intergovernmental committee designed to strengthen the interface between science and policy. It was established by 94 governments in Panama City on April 21, 2012; the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides secretariat services for IPBES; since early 2014, the IPBES Secretariat has been located on the UN Campus on the Rhine in Bonn.

The University of Bonn is accredited as an observer organization.

Nomination via an online system is required to attend IPBES meetings; eventual attendance depends on quota distribution.

IPBES Calendar

Designated Contact Point für die Universität Bonn:
Dr. Henning Sommer
E-Mail: hsommer@uni-bonn.de

IPBES conducts regular and timely assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services knowledge and linkages, which include comprehensive thematic, global, and regional assessments. To date, 8 IPBES assessments have been completed, to which experts are nominated for appointment with the help of national focal points. Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF)) is contributing to an upcoming assessment report.

National experts currently working for IPBES

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