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Future peace and prosperity will no longer be within our reach, if we in Germany do not commit more resolutely to greater sustainability and channel all our energy into making it happen – be it in politics, business, science or civil society.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability and identifying interrelationships are major success factors for anchoring this topic in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Avoiding past mistakes means pointing progress in the right direction: the principle of sustainable development is a good compass for technical and social innovations at local, national and global level.

Ulla Burchardt, Member of the Council

Ulla Burchardt

The global sustainability and climate protection goals are the long-term milestones. Now we have to engage in an honest discussion about what the state, private sector and citizens can and must do to achieve them.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The energy revolution has greatly reduced the costs of green electricity, so it is competitive at international level and helps to achieve the global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

The idea of sustainability is at the core of a viable, innovative economy and is vital for a society that aims to safeguard quality of life in the long term. That is why the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – must be considered together.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Sustainable development requires to find as much common ground as possible but also to accept differences.

Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Member of the Council

Dr. Werner Schnappauf

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

In forest science, we learned how important the sustainable management of natural resources is centuries ago. Empirical knowledge, openness to new things and humility in the face of nature can help other sectors, too.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) oblige all countries to adopt new ways of thinking and acting. They are the yardstick for the limitations and opportunities of globalization.

Achim Steiner, Member of the Council

Achim Steiner

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

The UN Sustainable Development Goals present the vision of a fundamental socio-ecological transformation. They are not a specialist task for development or environmental policy, but are binding for all cabinet members.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
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Showcasing national and local initiatives to promote sustainability in Germany

Image: Detail of the cover of the German Almanac of Sustainability, © Photo right: Microgen / Shutterstock.com; Photo left: André Wagenzik

Berlin, 24 April 2017 - The German Council for Sustainable Development has published its 2017 Sustainability Almanac online. The almanac highlights specific projects and initiatives implemented by local authorities, government bodies and the private sector to demonstrate where the transformation towards a more ecological and caring society is already in full swing. Read more

What services the financial sector can provide

Berlin, 21 April 2017 - Green finance and sustainable finance: the contribution of capital and financial markets to sustainable transformation is currently being intensively discussed, also at EU level, at the PAGE Ministerial Conference in Berlin and within the German Council for Sustainable Development. Read more

For a comprehensive G20 partnership with Africa

The Council has adopted its recommendations for a G 20 Partnership with Africa, based on the principles and values of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Read more

21 to 23 November 2016, Berlin

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Günther Bachmann at the meeting of the Open SDGclub in Berlin. Photo: RNE

From 21 to 23 November 2016, the German Council for Sustainable Development is hosting its first 'Open SDGclub.Berlin' – an English-language international conference in Berlin at which participants can share their initial experience with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its global Sustainable Development Goals, as adopted by the UN in September 2015. Read more

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German Bundestag passes law introducing CSR reporting obligations

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Berlin, 10 March 2017 - With immediate effect, large companies are required not only to produce financial balance sheets; they are also required to disclose information on their social and environmental actions. Later than originally planned, the German Bundestag has now passed the pertinent legislation. Here is an overview of the main last-minute changes. Read more

Marlehn Thieme re-elected as Chairperson of the German Council for Sustainable Development

The German Council for Sustainable Development at its inaugural meeting with Federal Minister Peter Altmaier (center) - Photo: André Wagenzik, © German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) - Opens internal link in current window

Berlin, 22 November 2016 - Marlehn Thieme, a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church (EKD) in Germany who also chairs the Television Council that oversees Germany’s ZDF public television broadcasting station, will remain chairperson of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). The Council Members re-elected Marlehn Thieme at the RNE's inaugural meeting on 22 November. Read more

Federal Chancellor reappoints members of German Council for Sustainable Development

Berlin, 26 October 2016 – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has reappointed the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). The 15-strong Council will consist of seven women and eight men. Read more

Ban Ki-moon to receive German Sustainability Award Honorary Award

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to receive German Sustainability Award Honorary Award - © Loesch DNP

Berlin, 29 September 2016 - Incumbent Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to be honoured with the German Sustainability Award Honorary Award. In doing so, the German Sustainability Award Foundation is recognising the work of the UN Secretary-General who has made sustainable development and the fight against climate change the focal points of his mandate. Read more

The Sustainability Council

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) is an advisory body mandated by and reporting back to the German Federal Government. Appointed ad personam by Chancellor Angela Merkel for a three-year term the 15 members are free to set their agenda. The RNE was first established in April 2001 by then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Its work is facilitated by a General Secretary and his staff.

The RNE seeks to make sustainable development a fundamental goal and field of action in all areas of the political sphere. It works towards citizens living a sustainable lifestyle and towards a broad public discussion on sustainability. It urges businesses and institutions to make their economic activities sustainable, to face the challenges posed by sustainability and to make use of its opportunities. The RNE seeks to broaden the discussion on sustainability within society and to make the outcomes of this more effective and more binding.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development entails treating environmental aspects on an equal footing with social and economic aspects. Making this abundantly clear is one of the Council’s missions. Future-oriented management means that we have to leave future generations a globally intact ecological, social and economic system. The one cannot be achieved without the others.

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