Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development,
13 May 2013 in Berlin
At the 13th Annual Conference, the Council for Sustainable Development will offer national and international guests the opportunity to listen to views and form an opinion: what is our benchmark for sustainable economic activity? What are the factors that change lifestyles and who changes them? How do we face the radical changes in the energy turnaround? How do we attend to the relationship between sustainability and work culture as well as ensuring a good eco-balance? International experts are again discussing successes and shortcomings of sustainability policy and are inviting to exchange views on these issues. After a fascinating day with fruitful discussions we would like to reflect on the day with you, as well as those involved in the RNE youth dialogue and then end the day with some music and drinks. You are cordially invited and I am very much looking forward to welcoming you.
Marlehn Thieme, Chair of the Council for Sustainable Development
13th Annual Conference of the Sustainability Council
13 May 2013
Moeckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin
8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
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Attendance at the 13th Annual Conference is free of charge.
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Katrin Bauerfeind and Dr. Günther Bachmann, Secretary-General of the Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), will guide you through the day
8.30 am Coffee and Introductions, Registration
9.20 am Welcome Address
Dr. Günther Bachmann
Policy and culture of sustainability
Marlehn Thieme, Chair RNE, Member of the Council of the
Evangelical Church in Germany, Director of Deutsche Bank AG
in conversation with Katrin Bauerfeind
10.00 am Global Views on Current Affairs.
A video conference on SDG, MDG, global transformation with
views from civil society, the private sector and government
Interpretation English – German
Shamita Kumar, Institute of Enviroment Education and Research,
Bharati Vidyapeeth University (Pune, India)
Darren Swanson, International Institute for Sustainable
Development (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Farooq Ullah, Stakeholder Forum (London)
Dialogue partner on the stage:
Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Dr. Günther Bachmann
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.30 am Forum Culture
1.00 pm Lunch
2.30 pm Sustainability policy
Welcoming the Federal Chancellor
Marlehn Thieme, Chair RNE
Speech of the
Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel
3.30 pm Alive – Carlowitz now
What inspires the doers
4.30 pm Young impulses for sustainability
Members of the Contemporary Carlowitz project, Marie Luise
Abshagen, Friederike Menz, David Reiner, Christian Stärk,
Caroline Tisson, present their results and discuss with
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster,
Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt.
Reflection on the day with outlook
5.30 pm Reception
Forum Culture (11.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Forum 1: Solid Economic Activity. Taking Stock, Setting Benchmarks.
Gross domestic product (GDP) as a benchmark for economic success is a permanent object of discussions. What other benchmarks are there for solid economic activity? What makes a currency solid and a national economy competitive? What factors and economic policy pre-requisites inspire companies with the courage to embrace sustainability?
Werner Gatzer, State Secretary Federal Ministry of Finance
Dr. Thomas Mayer, Senior Economic Advisor Deutsche Bank Research
Dr. Joachim Faber, Member RNE, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Börse AG
Prof. Dr. Björn Bloching, Senior Partner Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Chair: Mario Müller-Dofel, Economic Journalist
Forum 2: New Energies – New Society
Energy policy has been predominantly male, central, nuclear and fossil to date. This will change. The modification of energy generation means radical changes towards new cultures and new thinking on all levels. Obviously we will need new technologies, business models and markets. But what else is involved if we think of the whole of society? From administration to employment, economy, politics, involvement, marketing, social issues through to the realisation of future visions.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Energy, Transport and Enviroment Department of the German Institute for Economic Research and Professor of Erergy Economics and Sustanibility at the Hertie Scholl of Governance Berlin
Eveline Lemke, Minister for the Economy, Climate Protection, Energy and Regional Planning, Rhineland-Palatinate
Hildegard Müller, Presidium Member Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. (German Association of Energy and Water Industries)
Birgit Carlstaedt, Head of Energy Procurement and Risk Management, DB Energie GmbH
Chair: Anne Kunze, Editor DIE ZEIT
Forum 3: What are we actually looking forward to?
We perceive sustainability strategies and, in particular, a world where attention is given to climate issues as a duty, task and responsibility, not as something to look forward to. The sincerity is palpable, but the joy is not. Why is that? In a culture of sustainability, things will have to be different. Stories of treating the world and ourselves well? They can be found occasionally, but how should things proceed overall?
Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer, Director FUTURZWEI. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit
Werkstatt N Projects:
Dr. Corinna Vosse, Lecturer, Advisor and Cultural Manager Kunst-Stoffe e.V., Berlin
Dr. Florian Menzel, Founder Synagieren Wirkcamp, Mainz
Ronald Focken, Managing Director Serviceplan Group
Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt, Member RNE, Honorary Chairwoman Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)
Chair: Marc Winkelmann, Assistant Editor-in-Chief “enorm”
Forum 4: Open Space: Germany is on the search for new ideas. Peer review in fishbowl debate with participants
International experts line up again to critically assess Germany’s sustainability policy. Are we doing the right thing and are we doing it right? Global resource boom and German energy turnaround: who has the better prospects? Björn Stigson and other international experts face an open exchange of views with Andreas Jung and forum participants.
Björn Stigson, Chairman of Peer Review 2013 and other international experts
Andreas Jung MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Sustainable Development
Chair: Henning Banthien, Chief Executive IFOK
Interpretation English – German
Forum 5: Good Work not Burnout – How do we achieve a new working culture?
Faster, longer hours, more demanding – work is increasingly becoming a challenge for many people. Not everyone copes with it; the number of burnout related illnesses has been increasing for a number of years. Sustainable economies also involve the relationship between sustainability and working culture. The attitude towards nutrition and exercise as well as the significance of meaningful content and social security must be rebalanced. How do we create a world of work where people hold down a fulfilling job for the whole of their working life, from which they can live well and where they can stay healthy? What contribution can employers and employees make here?
Prof. Dr. Marion Schick, Chief Human Resources Officer Deutsche Telekom AG
Michael Vassiliadis, Member RNE, Chairman of industrial trade union IG BCE
Mareke Wieben, Health Coach
Chair: Jan Schweitzer, Editor-in-chief ZEIT WISSEN
Forum 6: Culture is created through interaction. A world café on the issue of how this should proceed
Involvement, participation and representative democracy only appear in the headlines once the fronts are heavily entrenched. It is often too late and never innovative. Sustainable development requires new forms of collaborative decision-making. Which routes should be pursued, which roles should be fulfilled? Can experiences from the world of work help?
Prof. Dr. Leo J. Penta, Head of German Institute for Community Organizing
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member RNE, former Mayor of the City of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. Ute Stoltenberg, Head of Institute of Integral Studies, Professor Leuphana University Lüneburg
Martin Lemcke, Division Manager Participation ver.di
Chair: Prof. Dr. Milena Riede of DIALOG BASIS
(Last update: 14 May 2013)
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