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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


European Sustainability Berlin

European Sustainability Berlin 07 (ESB07) - Linking Policies, Implementation, and Civil Society Action

Date and venue:
June 3-5, 2007
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jägerstr. 22/23 (Gendarmenmarkt), 10117 Berlin

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) is hosting the main sustainability event in the context of the German Presidency of the EU. ESB07 the line of Conferences on Sustainable Development initiated by the European Member States in The Hague and Vienna in 2002 and 2003, respectively, and linked to the EU Presidencies in Kinsale, Windsor and Salzburg the years after. ESB07 is supported by the recently established European Sustainable Development Network, ESDN. The Conference will also continue the involvement of the network of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils, EEAC.

On national as well as on the EU and international level to better link policies and implementation is a crucial key that will be addressed by ESB07. This goes along with the topic of how to “mainstream” Sustainable Development Strategies in the national political contexts. Confirmed keynote speakers so far include Mr. Klaus Töpfer (RNE; former director of UNEP), Björn Stigson (President of the WBCSD) and Günter Krings (German Bundestag, Head of the Parliamentary Board on SD).

Programm [PDF, 80KB]

ESB07: Proceedings for the ESDN Conference 2007 [PDF, 156KB]

ESB07: Annex to the Proceedings for the ESDN Conference 2007 [PDF, 249KB]
Documentation of the Statements Submitted by the Working Groups to the Editorial Team and List of Participants 

ESB07-Kurzdokumentation [PDF, 1.264KB]

"Linking Policies and Implementation: Making SD Strategies a case for Parliamentary activities" [PDF, 55KB]
Dinner speech by Dr. Günter Krings,
Member of the Bundestag
(Berlin, 3 June 2007)

"Meeting global challenges – the contribution of SD strategies" [PDF, 52KB]
Keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
(Berlin, 4 June 2007)

"Brundtland Report: A 20 Years Update" [PDF, 53KB]
Keynote speech by Dr. Volker Hauff,
Chair German Council on Sustainable Development
(Berlin, 4 June 2007)

Closing remarks on the first day of the European sustainability conference in Berlin 2007 [PDF, 41KB]
Astrid Klug, Parliamentary State Secretary
(Berlin, 4 June 2007)

Dinner Speech by Bjorn Stigson [PDF, 36KB]
President WBCSD
(Berlin, 4 June 2007)

"Sustainability 2007 – The Federal Government’s Perspective" [PDF, 62KB] Keynote speech by Peter Tempel, Abteilungsleiter im Auswärtigen Amt (Berlin, 5 June 2007)

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