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"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

Mandate given to the German Council

Sustainable development policy should lay the essential groundwork for making headway in environmental conservation and safeguarding the quality of life, for promoting social cohesion and economic development within society in an integrated form in Germany as well as internationally. The objective is to find a fair and even balance between the needs of the present-day generation and the prospects of future generations.

The Federal Government appointed the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) in 2001. It advises the government on its sustainable development policy and, by presenting proposals for targets and indicators, seeks to advance the Sustainability Strategy as well as propose projects for its realization.

A further task of the German Council for Sustainable Development is to foster social dialogue on the issue of sustainability. The objective here is to increase the level of awareness among all concerned and the population as to what sustainable development actually means by demonstrating the consequences of social action and discussing possible solutions.

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