After Elyx has spent the night in Bremen, the digital ambassador continues the Germany tour – rested and curious to learn more. Before celebrating the 25th anniversary of German reunification in Berlin, Elyx visits another Hanseatic City – Hamburg which is only a stone’s throw from Bremen.
Hamburg is the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Elyx is warmly welcomed by the staff there. The UN digital ambassador learns that the Tribunal was established in 1996 by a UN Convention, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 21 Judges from all over the world work for the Tribunal. They adjudicate in a wide range of matters connected to the sea.
When Elyx meets up with the interns of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, they told the digital ambassador some examples of their work. The Tribunal deals with disputes relating to the delimitation of maritime zones between States, navigation, conservation and management of the living resources of the sea and much more. Elyx is glad to hear that the Tribunal plays an important role in assisting states to find a peaceful resolution to their disputes – either by a binding decision or through its advisory jurisdiction.
With lots of new impressions, Elyx heads to the final destination in Germany: the capital city of Berlin. At the Potsdamer Platz, Elyx discovers some remains of the Berlin wall that divided the city until 1989. Even if Elyx likes the paintings the digital ambassador is relieved that the division of Berlin, Germany and Europe is history.
Next, Elyx stops at the Brandenburg Gate. The digital ambassador enjoys walking through the beautiful monument. Something that was actually not possible while the wall existed since it was in the restricted area. Today the former symbol of separation is a place of happiness. 25 years after the reunification the people in Berlin celebrate this important event.
In spite of all the concerts and activities, Elyx does not forget that at the moment ten thousands of people arrive in Germany who often fled from terrible war and violence. Therefore, Elyx welcomes that UNHCR has a representation in Berlin that especially focuses on legal protection for asylum seekers and recognized refugees. Elyx also learns that WFP, ILO and World Bank have offices in Berlin as well.
After this day packed with information, Elyx is happy to rest a little bit and enjoy the sunset at the Brandenburg gate before he heads to Myanmar in the beginning of next week.
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Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS)
Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African‑Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (UNEP/AEWA)
Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (UNEP/ASCOBANS)
Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (UNEP/EUROBATS)
Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC)
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) – German liaison office
United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU‑EHS)
United Nations University – Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU‑ISP), Operating Unit SCYCLE
United Nations University – Vice Rectorate in Europe (UNU‑ViE)
United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV)
UNW Decade Programme on Capacity Development
UNWTO on Tourism and Biodiversity
International Labour Organization – Representation in Germany (ILO)
UNHCR– Regional Representation for Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic
World Food Programme – Liaison Office in Germany (WFP)
United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU‑FLORES)
International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)