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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
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Pictures of the Councilà´s Annual Conference on 6 September 2005 in Berlin

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Photos: Jürgen Stumpe, © German Council for Sustainable Development

Sustainability – the formula for growth from "More" to "Better"

Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder mit Preisträgern des Fotowettbewerbs Facing Sustainability auf der Jahreskonferenz des Rates
Nachhaltigkeit - die Wachstumsformel vom Mehr zum Besseren - 5. Jahreskonferenz des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, 6. September 2005 in Berlin

5th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development

6 September 2005
Berlin Congress Center (bcc)
Alexanderplatz 3, D-10178 Berlin
8.30 am to approx. 19.30 pm

In a society that requires ever-increasing amounts of raw materials to create more and more products, growth is a dead-end. If we continue with our current levels of resource consumption, we will ultimately destroy the foundations of our economy, our environment and our society. Unlimited growth is not possible if it involves only the old industrial society on a "bigger, fatter and heavier" scale. But growth geared to man and to nature, recognising and setting limits, means development. Sustainability is achieved when the life options of future generations are increased rather than jeopardised.

Until now, growth has simply been concerned with "more" - in future it needs to be geared to "better" - in other words to sustainable development. And to achieve this we need new approaches and innovative ways of thinking.

5. Jahreskonferenz des Rates
Nachhaltigkeit - die Wachstumsformel vom Mehr zum Besseren - 5. Jahreskonferenz des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, 6. September 2005 in Berlin

BRICS+G - Sustainability and growth in Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa - and in Germany: This dialogue project run by the Sustainability Council (Nachhaltigkeitsrat) and the Association for Technical Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH) takes as a central theme the role of sustainability strategies for growth. BRICS stands for a group of countries, which, it is predicted, will become economically stronger than the USA, Europe and Japan within the foreseeable future. What does that mean for them? What does it mean for us? And what does it mean for our global responsibility? This dialogue project will be presented at the Annual Conference.

Speeches:

"Environmental Degradation and Poverty as Inhibitors of Economic Growth" (PDF, 61KB)
Speech by Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer held at the 5th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development
(Berlin, 6 September 2005)

Forum 4: Africa and the Millennium Goals
Initial Statement (PDF, 26KB)
Speech by Prof. Alan Whiteside
Forum 4: Africa and the Millennium Goals
(Berlin, 6 September 2005)

Forum 5: Sustainet - Agriculture as a Global Development Engine
"Organic Farming: The Real Green Revolution for Removal Of Poverty, Hunger And Ecological Insecurity"
Speech by Dr. Vandana Shiva (PDF, 198KB)
Forum 5: Sustainet - Agriculture as a Global
Development Engine
(Berlin, 6 September 2005)

Further information:

Invitation, Programme and Forums (PDF, 272KB)
(version of 19 August 2005)

Updated Programme (PDF, 62KB)
(30 August 2005)

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