FAQ

9th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference

Shaping our future with resilient forests

The Ministerial Conference is the highest-level meeting of the FOREST EUROPE process. It takes place after every 4-5 years at the end of a country’s chairmanship. The upcoming conference, the ninth since FOREST EUROPE began in 1990, is set for October 1st-2nd, 2024.

The 9th Ministerial Conference is organized by the FOREST EUROPE Secretariat in close collaboration with the General Coordination Committee and Germany as the Lead Country/Current Chair.

The conference will take place in Königswinter (Bonn), Germany hosted at the Steigenberger Icon Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg. The venue’s address is: Petersberg, 53639 Königswinter, Bonn, Germany. It is accessible from various locations:

  • Königswinter Train station – 5 Km
  • Bonn City Centre – 16 Km
  • Cologne/Bonn Airport – 33 Km
  • Düsseldorf Airport – 92 Km
  • Frankfurt Airport – 142 Km

The conference welcomes participation exclusively by direct invitation from the FOREST EUROPE Secretariat. Invited guests are ministers of the FOREST EUROPE signatories and observer countries, representatives of the European Commission, and the FOREST EUROPE observer organizations. Over 150 delegates are expected from different countries in the pan-European region and beyond.

Invited delegates are supposed to register through Eventbrite using the link and access code provided in the conference invitation email. The registration deadline is 15 June 2024, and there is no registration fee. More information is available in the Rules of procedure.

In case of unforeseen last-minute cancellations by delegates, kindly provide an alternative delegate from your country/organization who can participate and take on the same role to avoid disruptions. Please communicate the changes promptly to the FOREST EUROPE Secretariat at .

The conference will be held in person only, with English being the sole conference language. Four plenary sessions are scheduled, including diverse formats, from panel discussions to intergenerational dialogues. For more details, please visit the agenda.

The FOREST EUROPE Secretariat has blocked two hotels for the conference delegates. Delegates should kindly make their own reservations from these two contingencies and clearly indicate that the reservation is for the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference. More details about the contingencies are below:

  • Steigenberger Icon Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg: This accommodation is at the same location as the conference venue. The address is Petersberg, 53639 Königswinter, Bonn, Germany. Please reserve your room by sending an email to before 1st July 2024 to take advantage of the special price of the contingent.
  • Jufa Hotel: This accommodation is located 7.4 km from the conference venue. The address is Bergstrasse 115, 53639 Königswinter, Bonn, Germany. Please reserve your room by sending an email to before 15th May 2024 to take advantage of the special price of the contingent.

There are three airports close to the conference venue:

  • Cologne/Bonn Airport (33 Km)
  • Düsseldorf Airport (92 Km)
  • Frankfurt Airport (142 Km)
  • From Cologne/Bonn Airport, take the Airport Bus to Bonn Central Station, then Underground Train (U-Bahn) 66 (Direction Bad Honnef) to Königswinter Longenburg and thereafter a taxi to the venue.
  • From Düsseldorf Airport, take RE5 (Direction Koblenz Hauptbahnhof) to Bonn Central Station, then Underground Train (U-Bahn) 66 (Direction Bad Honnef) to Königswinter Longenburg and thereafter a taxi to the venue.
  • From Frankfurt Airport, take the speed train (Intercity Express) to Siegburg Train Station, then Underground Train (U-Bahn) 66 (Direction Bad Honnef) to Königswinter Longenburg and thereafter a taxi to the venue.  

Taxi Krahe in Königswinter offers shuttle services. They can be reached on +49 2223 4696.

Shuttle services will be available for the delegates staying at the Jufa Hotel. More information will be communicated later.

The conference venue is accessible to people who are differently abled. Please contact the Steigenberger Icon Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg (venue) for more information about the available facilities.

We will engage youth volunteers in different capacities. The open call for volunteers will be out closer to the conference. Please keep checking the conference website for more information on how to be part of it.

Please contact

Additionally, check our contact list here:

Event organisationSilvia Abruscato
Thomas Haußmann

Event LogisticsAntje Baumann
Kateryna Khalabuzar 
Juliet Achieng


Excursion  Vera Steinberg
CommunicationSantiago Alarcon
Katharina Freund

 

Königswinter offers an unforgettable experience of Rhine romanticism through various breathtaking landscapes and history. Some of the attractions include:

  • Siebengebirge/ Seven Mountains: They are located in Bad Honnef and Königswinter Municipalities (South East of Bonn). The hill range consists of more than 40 hills. Drachenfels also known as the Dragon’s Cliff is one of the Seven Hills and a famous tourist attraction. Siebengebirgs Museum is open to visitors.
  • Drachenburg Castle and Drachenfelsbahn: The iconic castle was built in the 19th Century and is located below the Drachenfels/ Dragon’s Cliff. It underwent restoration for many years but is now open to visitors. It offers magnificent views of the Rhine River. It can be reached on foot or by the Drachenfelsbahn Königswinter, which is the oldest cog railroad in Germany that connects Königswinter with the Siebengebirge.
  • Wineries and vineyards: There is a possibility of exploring the wineries and vineyards nearby. Please ask the Hotel you are staying in for suggestions or check the available options online.
  • Boat trips and Bus tours: Some boat trips and bus tours might be available in October. Please contact the respective companies offering these services for more information.
  • More information about attractions in Bonn is available here.

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