UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to receive German Sustainability Award Honorary Award
Berlin, 29 September 2016 – Incumbent Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to be honoured with the German Sustainability Award Honorary Award. In doing so, the German Sustainability Award Foundation is recognising the work of the UN Secretary-General who has made sustainable development and the fight against climate change the focal points of his mandate.
The award will be presented by Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, the initiator of the German Sustainability Award. The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and the German Sustainability Award Foundation will be co-hosting the awards ceremony in Hamburg on 7 October 2016. Federal environmental minister Barbara Hendricks as well as Michael Otto, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Otto Group, will be holding the honorary speeches.
Günther Bachmann, Secretary-General of RNE and Chairman of the Jury of the German Sustainability Award, explains the reasons for awarding the accolade: “The 2030 Agenda marks a departure, and Ban Ki-moon has been very instrumental in its emergence. The accolade is for him but also for the notion of multilateral cooperation. Under Ban Ki-moon’s leadership, the United Nations is entering a new phase that also requires the organisation itself to undergo a substantial transformation.”
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, are a statement against war, terror and irresponsibility, says Bachmann. They fuel the hope that the international community of states will find common responses to fundamental challenges.
Every nation in the world has adopted the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Responsibility for its implementation resides with the individual states and is a task for all of society there, which must also be supported by business, academic and civil society actors. The German government is currently working on a new draft of its National Sustainability Strategy, which is designed to act as the main instrument for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
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The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) was first called into being in April 2001 by the German government of that time under Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. RNE comprises 15 public figures. Its tasks are to generate contributions for implementing the National Sustainability Strategy, to specify concrete fields of activity and projects and also to make sustainability a public issue of vital importance. RNE independently chooses its array of topics and actions. Examples of the outcomes of its current work include the Sustainability Code, statements on the government’s National Sustainability Strategy draft, on the Sustainable Development Goals, on climate policy, raw material policy and fiscal sustainability as well as on organic farming. It also includes the civil society initiatives of the sustainability project, the strategy dialogue with lord mayors on sustainable urban development, impulses from youths and young adults for municipal sustainability and German sustainability policy as well as RNE’s contributions towards the green economy.
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