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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


Project „Dialoge_Zukunft_Vision2050“

Council initiates dialogue to discuss concrete visions for Germany’s future

Across the globe, upheaval and transformations are taking place today at an ever-faster rate and on an increasing scale. They affect all aspects of politics, society and the economy of individual states as well as their relations with one another. Seeing this transformation through to a sustainable society requires guiding principles and long-term thinking. For many, and young people in particular, the year 2050 is still a very distant future. Yet, the next 40 years will see these young people evolve in their personal lives and professional careers, enter into partnerships and raise families and live in communities. Using its Dialoge_Zukunft_Vision2050 project as a knowledge and generation bridge, the German Council for Sustainable Development is aiming to reach out to this generation and learn about their perceptions and visions of life in the future.

Report on the “Visionen 2050. Dialoge Zukunft Made in Germany” project

Launched in 2010, the project began with an envisioning test phase. At the request of RNE, 33 societal players wrote down their visions of life in the year 2050. These visions as well as analyses and appraisals of the topic can be found in the "Visionen 2050. Dialoge Zukunft Made in Germany" report (PDF, 9321 KB, in German).

The Dialoge_Zukunft_Vision2050 project

The report provides valuable input for the Dialoge_Zukunft_Vision2050 project which was to follow and has since begun, and which culminated in a conference (in German) at the end of March 2011 (photos).

The German Council for Sustainable Development has asked decision-makers from civil society and the political and business communities known to be credible advocates of sustainable development to nominate young participants under the age of 27. Over the next few weeks, these young people will examine and discuss – both online and subsequently during a conference – their topics for a sustainable future, the topics addressed in the report, and ultimately their own visions. The outcomes of the dialogue will be presented at the 11th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development to be held on 20th June 2011. The dialogue's results are summarized in the report "Dialoge Zukunft Vision 2050. Dialoge Zukunft „Made in Germany“. Band 2" (PDF, 2489 KB, in German).

The RNE project is, in part, in response to the criticism expressed by a team of international experts who, in their Peer Review 2009, urgently recommended that the lack of an overarching vision of sustainability and guiding principles for the future be addressed.

Report "Dialoge Zukunft Vision 2050":

Dialoge Zukunft Vision 2050. Dialoge Zukunft „Made in Germany“. Band 2 (PDF, 2489 KB) 17.06.2011

Ein Vorhaben des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung. Realisiert von e-fact, lab concepts und zebralog. texte Nr. 38, Juni 2011 [German]

Photos of the RNE workshop Dialoge_Zukunft_Vision2050, 23-25 March 2011

Please click on the preview pictures to zoom and download the photos in high resolution.

Download all 99 photos in one zip-compressed archive (241 MB)

Photos: Rainer Lutter, LIBOMEDIA
© The German Council for Sustainable Development

Dialoge Zukunft Vision2050 – der Film

In welche Zukunft gehen die heute Jungen? Wird sich ihre Welt zum Guten entwickeln oder zu einem unbewohnbaren Ort werden? Was verbinden Menschen unter 27 Jahre mit dem Zeithorizont 2050 – dem Jahr, in dem viele von ihnen das heute gültige Rentenalter erreichen werden? Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des RNE-Projekts „Dialoge Zukunft Vision2050“ gehen diesen Fragen in einem Kurzfilm nach. Sie machen einen Zeitsprung in das Jahr ihrer Visionen, das Jahr 2050, und blicken zurück auf das, was sich seit heute verändert hat. Der Film entstand im Auftrag des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung.

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