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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


18th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development

Save the date:

The Council´s 18th Annual Conference will be held on 4 June 2018 at Tempodrom Berlin. Further information on programme and registration will be published on this page in February 2018.

Wortmarke: 17. Jahreskonferenz des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

17th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

knowing. choosing. wishing.

Monday, 29 May 2017,
bcc Berlin Congress Center
Alexanderstraße 11
10178 Berlin

9:15 am – 6 pm,
followed by a reception

Around the globe, countries are focusing their attention on the 2030 Agenda. Setting their differences aside, actors are reaching out to each other to pursue joint concerns in the field of sustainable development. Germany is currently at the centre of the world’s 20 most important economies: with its policies, values and desire to make sustainability the basis of decisions – across the board.

But there is another defining feature about our present day and age: we are not doing enough to translate our knowledge into action. We do not question enough what it (actually) means to advocate sustainability. We are not harnessing our desire for a better future to a sufficient extent to bridge the gap between our conflicts here and now.

How are we driving sustainable development forward? What is important, what can I and what must I, my organisation, ‘politics’ or ‘someone’ change? What needs to be done and what can be done faster? What is realistic and what is not in Germany, the ‘land of sustainability’?

These are the topics we want to discuss with you in forums and networks and through direct exchanges of opinion and presentations at the Annual Conference plenary session.

We invite all interested stakeholders to take part in the 17th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development.

We look forward to welcoming you there.

Marlehn Thieme
Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development

In the year of German parliamentary elections the RNE Annual Conference is entitled “knowing. choosing. wishing.” Please take a look at the programme.

Please note that this event is in German.

For further information on the logistics please refer to our German site.

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