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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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The art of thinking the tomorrow

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel auf der Jahreskonferenz des Rates
Die Kunst, das Morgen zu denken - 6. Jahreskonferenz des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, 26. September 2006 in Berlin

6th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development

26 September 2006
Berlin Congress Center (bcc)
Alexanderplatz 3, D-10178 Berlin
9.45 am to approx. 7 pm

Thinking about the future is a challenge for us. Sketching future lines of a sustainable development involves being creative, protecting our natural living conditions, correctly assessing the impact of our actions and enabling future generations to chose their own life style freely.

Specified goals, indicators and programmes are important political tools for a sustainable development strategy. The real challenge, however, is the interplay of creativity and realism – of rational and emotional visions, values and benchmarks. A sustainability-oriented perspective is a cultural achievement.

6. Jahreskonferenz des Rates
Die Kunst, das Morgen zu denken - 6. Jahreskonferenz des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, 26. September 2006 in Berlin

The German Council for Sustainable Development invites you to discuss this challenge at the annual conference and to find new forms of interaction between politics and the economy and culture. Parallel forums will relate the guiding motto “The art of thinking the tomorrow” to questions surrounding future energy sources, corporate social responsibility, the implications of demographic change for cities and rural areas, the synergy of cultural work and civil society’s commitment to sustainability, sustainability on TV as well as the establishment of social security systems in emerging economies.

Communication will be key at the annual conference. The objective is to develop innovative ideas and to establish new contacts.

Further information:

Invitation, Programme and Forums (PDF, 755KB)

Pictures of the Councilà´s 6th Annual Conference on 26 September 2006 in Berlin

Please click on the photos to zoom.

Photos: Torsten Seidel, © German Council for Sustainable Development

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