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Sustainability requires that decisions be made - not in the distant future, but now.

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 is a key success factor to establish environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues 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

To create quality of life and reduce the consumption of resources it involves requires that we take further steps in incorporating sustainability in everyday action as employees, consumers, and citizens.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The Energiewende has reduced the costs of green energy severely. It thus is competitive internationally and contributes to achieve global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

Die Idee der Nachhaltigkeit ist zentral für eine zukunftsfähige, innovative Wirtschaft und unabdingbar für eine Gesellschaft, die Lebensqualität langfristig sichern will. Deshalb gilt es, die drei Säulen der Nachhaltigkeit – Ökonomie, Ökologie und Soziales – zusammen zu denken.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Sustainable consumption behaviour will continue to be embraced merely by a dedicated minority for as long as the wrong incentives are provided and structures fail to support it.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Nachhaltige Entwicklung erfordert größtmögliche Gemeinsamkeiten ebenso wie die Akzeptanz von Unterschieden.

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 der Forstwirtschaft haben wir vor Jahrhunderten gelernt, wie wichtig der nachhaltige Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen ist. Erfahrungswissen, Aufgeschlossenheit für Neues und Demut vor der Natur können auch anderen Branchen helfen.

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

Die Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele (SDGs) der Vereinten Nationen verpflichten alle Länder zu neuem Denken und Handeln. Grenzen und Möglichkeiten der Globalisierung bemessen sich an ihnen.

Achim Steiner, Member of the Council

Achim Steiner

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

Die Nachhaltigkeitsentwicklungsziele der UN stellen die Vision einer grundlegenden sozial-ökologischen Transformation dar. Sie sind keine entwicklungspolitische oder umweltpolitische Fachaufgabe, sondern binden alle Kabinettsmitglieder.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
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21 to 23 November 2016, Berlin

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From 21 to 23 November 2016, the German Council for Sustainable Development is hosting its first 'Open SDGclub.Berlin' – an English-language international conference in Berlin at which participants can share their initial experience with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its global Sustainable Development Goals, as adopted by the UN in September 2015. Read more

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Marlehn Thieme re-elected as Chairperson of the German Council for Sustainable Development

The German Council for Sustainable Development at its inaugural meeting with Federal Minister Peter Altmaier (center) - Photo: André Wagenzik, © German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) - Opens internal link in current window

Berlin, 22 November 2016 - Marlehn Thieme, a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church (EKD) in Germany who also chairs the Television Council that oversees Germany’s ZDF public television broadcasting station, will remain chairperson of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). The Council Members re-elected Marlehn Thieme at the RNE's inaugural meeting on 22 November. Read more

Federal Chancellor reappoints members of German Council for Sustainable Development

Berlin, 26 October 2016 – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has reappointed the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). The 15-strong Council will consist of seven women and eight men. Read more

Ban Ki-moon to receive German Sustainability Award Honorary Award

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to receive German Sustainability Award Honorary Award - © Loesch DNP

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. Read more

The Sustainability Council

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) is an advisory body mandated by and reporting back to the German Federal Government. Appointed ad personam by Chancellor Angela Merkel for a three-year term the 15 members are free to set their agenda. The RNE was first established in April 2001 by then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Its work is facilitated by a General Secretary and his staff.

The RNE seeks to make sustainable development a fundamental goal and field of action in all areas of the political sphere. It works towards citizens living a sustainable lifestyle and towards a broad public discussion on sustainability. It urges businesses and institutions to make their economic activities sustainable, to face the challenges posed by sustainability and to make use of its opportunities. The RNE seeks to broaden the discussion on sustainability within society and to make the outcomes of this more effective and more binding.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development entails treating environmental aspects on an equal footing with social and economic aspects. Making this abundantly clear is one of the Council’s missions. Future-oriented management means that we have to leave future generations a globally intact ecological, social and economic system. The one cannot be achieved without the others.

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