United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn
Bonn has become the hub of multilateral activities combatting climate change, centred around the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
It is the largest of 18 United Nations (UN) organisations in Bonn: the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 1992, more than a hundred UN member states adopted the framework in Rio de Janeiro and founded the basis of future agreements. It is also called the climate change convention, and meanwhile totals 195 member states. The Kyoto Agreement followed five years after the framework was adopted. The agreement’s prime objective is to curb the emissions of greenhouse gasses. This would at least slow down the global warming of the earth’s atmosphere, and thus combat the dangers caused by humans to the climate system.
The UNFCCC Secretariat was created to help put the words into practice. It accompanies and supports the realisation of the conventions. Some 500 employees from more than 100 nations work from Bonn to combat greenhouse gas effects which experts are already seeing as a cause of devastating catastrophes, such as storms and floods.