Climate ambassador

»We see music as an indispensable part of our lives. Music also has the power to help shape the future: in a humane way, with the goals of the United Nations as our guideposts.«

GMD Dirk Kaftan

On February 27, 2021, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), appointed the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn (BOB) as a »United Nations Climate Change Goodwill Ambassador« at Deutsche Telekom AG’s corporate headquarters in Bonn in the presence of Lord Mayor Katja Dörner and General Music Director of the City of Bonn, Dirk Kaftan.
The certificate was presented on the sidelines of a recording of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, the so-called »Pastoral«. The symphony is considered an expression of Beethoven’s love of nature: praise of creation and at the same time a call to preserve and protect it. 

»In times when the climate crisis continues unabated, it is important to take responsibility to protect the environment for a common life on this planet. I am therefore particularly pleased that Dirk Kaftan has taken the initiative together with the UNFCCC to highlight the importance of climate protection for the world.«

Katja Dörner, Oberbürgermeisterin der Stadt Bonn

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Video Press conference

You can find the video of the press conference from 27.02.2021 here



Download Press release 

You can find the complete press release of 17.02.2021 here



»Moving Together«

You can find more information about the strategic partnership between the UN Bonn, the city Bonn, Theater Bonn and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn here



Lokanga Forrest

The complete press release of the project in Madagaskar you can find  here

Video about the situation of the forrests in Madagaskar Video

Our Podcast no. 60 about the Lokanga Forrest project you can find  here

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Video »Piccola Pastorale«

Join members of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and its music director, Dirk Kaftan, for a special „pandemic version“ of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 »Pastorale« (La Redoute Bad Godesberg May 2020) here



Video »Pastorale«

You can find the video of the 6th symphony »Pastorale« by Ludwig van Beethoven (production from 27.02.2021) here



Video Beethoven-Lounge

Dirk Kaftan in our musical talk show about sustainability (05.06.2020)




17 Goals 

You can find the 17 goals of sustainable development here



Podcast episode 35 with Silke Lichtenberg

You can find the podcast about our role as UN Climate Ambassadors and the topic of sustainability here



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