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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

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


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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