Protecting the North Sea – cooperation since 1969

Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention) 2019

Represented by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Germany hosted this year’s Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Bonn Convention. The 50th anniversary took place from 9–11 October 2019 in the “Steigenberger Hotel Petersberg” in Bonn.

The Bonn Convention is an instrument for cooperation between the riparian states bordering the North Sea and the European Union. The aim is to help one another respond to pollution in the North Sea region which is caused by shipping accidents and continuous pollution from shipping traffic and offshore facilities. This also includes surveillance to identify and combat marine pollution.

Renewed commitment

The Parties to the Bonn Convention met to celebrate 50 years of successful cooperation. At the same time, the ministers renewed and extended their commitment to protect the North Sea and adjacent areas in the so-called Bonn Convention.

Susana Salvador, Secretary of the Bonn Convention, said: “After 50 years of effective and results-oriented work, the Bonn Convention continues to provide guidance and inspiration to protect the marine environment, and shows how effective working together can be in responding to occurrences of marine pollution.”

Event Consult organised the framework for the discussions

As in previous projects for the BMVI, Event Consult was responsible for coordinating all the services and briefing the conference hotel. Concepts for space utilization, catering, a gala dinner and setting up the conference room, for example, were important in this regard.

Event Consult was also responsible for organising the supporting programme, with hostesses taking care of accreditation and looking after the guests. This included providing conference folders and, at the conclusion of the event, documentation as a follow-up to the conference.