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Sustainability requires that decisions be made - not in the distant future, but now.

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 is a key success factor to establish environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

A balance between economy, ecology, and social responsibility can only be achieved through cooperation between society, politics, the economy, and each individual.

Vera Gäde-Butzlaff, Member of the Council


Sustainability first and foremost means to go beyond immediate utility and think in the long term, which requires assuming responsibility for the future.

Alois Glück, Member of the Council

Alois Gück

Education is the basis for establishing sustainability as the guiding principle behind our activities, as are more action partnerships and practical examples at the local, regional and international level.

Walter Hirche, Member of the Council

Walter Hirche

To create quality of life and reduce the consumption of resources it involves requires that we take further steps in incorporating sustainability in everyday action as employees, consumers, and citizens.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

Sustainable development requires moving the fight against climate change to the center of social and economic transformation - not only in Germany but worldwide.

Jennifer Morgan, Member of the Council

Jennifer Morgan

The Energiewende has reduced the costs of green energy severely. It thus is competitive internationally and contributes to achieve global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

Sustainable consumption behaviour will continue to be embraced merely by a dedicated minority for as long as the wrong incentives are provided and structures fail to support it.

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

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

A balanced world has been a must for the Club of Rome since 1972– the challenge for our work at the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Max Schön, Member of the Council

Max Schön

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

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

Sustainability necessitates reason and responsibility in our social, ecological and economic actions.

Michael Vassiliadis, Member of the Council

Michael Vassiliadis

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

Without images of the future that allow us to imagine what the quality of life in a sustainable modernity might look like, we are neither able to conceive of an active role of politics in shaping it nor the role of civil society in a political process to that end.

Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer, Coopted member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer


13th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development

Logo: Resolutely and Regularly - For a political culture of sustainability

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
Tempodrom, Berlin
Moeckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin
8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Reception afterwards

Directions (in German)

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Attendance at the 13th Annual Conference is free of charge.


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
                      Katrin Bauerfeind

                      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
                      (New York)
                      Dr. Günther Bachmann
                      Katrin Bauerfeind

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
                      Council members
                      Walter Hirche,
                      Marlehn Thieme,
                      Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster,
                      Olaf Tschimpke,
                      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 caf© 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?

Contributions from:

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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