Imprint and Privacy Policy

German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10,
D-10785 Berlin, Germany
Online contact form

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Registered offices
Bonn and Eschborn, Germany

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 44 60-0
Fax: +49 228 44 60-17 66

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1 – 5
65760 Eschborn
Phone: +49 6196 79-0
Fax: +49 6196 79-11 15

Registered at
Local court (Amtsgericht) Bonn, Germany: HRB 18384
Local court (Amtsgericht) Frankfurt am Main, Germany: HRB 12394

VAT no.: DE 113891176

Chairperson of the Supervisory Board:
Martin Jäger
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development

Management Board:
Tanja Gönner (Chair of the Management Board)
Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven
Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel

Responsible for content as per Sect. 55 Para. 2 of the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty (RStV)
Dr Marc-Oliver Pahl
German Council for
Sustainable Development (RNE)
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10,
D-10785 Berlin, Germany

Notice of liability
Despite careful review of all content provided, we assume no liability for the content of external links. The content of all externally linked pages is the sole responsibility of the respective operator of the page in question. Should misleading or illegal content appear, the Office of the Sustainability Council would be pleased to be informed briefly, so that it may remove the link concerned.

Editorial team
Marijke Eschenbach, Stefanie Schmidl

System administrator
Rainer Jentgens

Unless stated otherwise, all texts, PDF files and graphic elements are the copyright of the GIZ.

We use photos from own productions and the following portals: (Mauro Mora, Chris Barbalis, Iva Rajović, Susan Yin, Jonas Tebbe, Alex Galperin, Tim Easley, Tim Gouw, Avantgarde Concept, Ryoji Iwata); Wikimedia Commons (Marek Heise); UN Photo;;

Privacy policy

The protection and safeguarding of personal data are top priorities for us. We therefore stringently comply with the provisions of Germany’s (new) Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Below, you will find information on the type of data we collect and the purposes for which it is collected.

German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 (0)30 338424-141
Fax +49 (0)30 338424-22141

General privacy policy

You can visit our pages without disclosing any personal information. For the purposes of system security and to improve our services, we log only non-personal access data, such as your anonymised IP address, the date and time of the website access, the volume of data transmitted, notification of successful access, the browser type and version, your operating system, the page from which you came to us (referrer) or the name of the file/page requested; this data is stored in a server log file for a period of six months. Nothing regarding you personally can be inferred from this data.

Privacy policy with respect to cookies

Our website uses cookies. These are small text files that allow specific, user-related information to be logged in the user’s browser while they use the website and make it possible for the user to be recognised if they visit the website again within a year. In particular, cookies make it possible to determine how often pages are visited and by how many people and to analyse people’s usage behaviour, and also to make our pages more user-friendly and make the page contents match the user’s preferences or be optimally rendered on the device they use.

The content management system (CMS) we use, WordPress, uses two so-called session cookies to this end; these are automatically deleted at the latest at the end of a browser session. These cookies identify a session, i.e. a visit to our website, and are valid for half an hour (cookie name: ‘’) or until the browser window is closed (cookie name: ‘PHPSESSID’).

The CMS WordPress installs another cookie which is kept beyond the end of a browser session (cookie name: ‘’) and which can be retrieved when the page is visited again. This enables us to track the frequency of use of our website over a period of 12 months.

The web analytics platform we use, Matomo (see below), uses a session cookie ( cookie, cookie name: ‘PIWIK_SESSID’) for page use analysis purposes which remains valid until the browser window is closed.

When you first visit our website, a so-called “cookie notice” appears, bringing your attention to the use of cookies on the website. The notice window gives you the option of specifying the cookie settings for this website. There you can either allow the recording and analysis of your visit on the website using Matomo by clicking on “Accept all cookies (including Matomo)”. You might as well prevent the Matomo tracking by clicking on the button “Only accept technically necessary cookies”.

If you decide against tracking by Matomo in the cookie settings, the recording and analysis of your website visit will be deactivated and the Matomo code will be removed from the source code of our website for three months.

In order to save the cookie settings you have selected, a cookie which is valid for three months is set (name of the cookie: “cookie_notice_accepted”) to prevent the small notice window from being shown again during this time. After the three months have passed, you will be asked to re-edit your cookie settings when you visit the website again.

If the ‘Do Not Track’ option is activated in your browser, no Matomo cookies will be installed generally and your website visit will not be registered and analysed by Matomo. The technical “Do Not Track” option will be respected regardless of your decision made in the cookie settings.

You can change the cookie settings you selected in the information window at any time. By clicking on the following button, the cookie notice appears again at the bottom of the screen with the corresponding selection options.

Please note that your chosen cookie settings will also be removed if you delete cookies in your browser program in the meantime. The information window would then appear again the next time you visit the website.

If you do not want cookies to be used, you should adjust your Internet browser settings so that cookies are rejected, either generally or for a specified period. Please note that under these circumstances the cookie notice will appear every time you visit one of the pages of our website.

Privacy policy with respect to the web analytics services Matomo and Webalizer

For the purposes of analysing website usage and to optimise its services, the RNE uses the open-source programs Matomo and Webalizer on this website. These make it possible to evaluate website usage – so-called tracking (Matomo) – and statistically process the server log files (Webalizer) in a manner compliant with data privacy regulations. For tracking, Matomo uses temporary cookies – small text components that are saved in the user’s browser – to allow the RNE to perform an exact, however never personally attributable analysis of a given website visit. The legal basis for use of Matomo is Sect. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

The user information Matomo collects via its cookies, including the user’s IP address, is stored temporarily on the RNE’s/GIZ’s server in anonymised form, where it is evaluated and subsequently deleted. It is not used for any other purpose and is not transferred to third parties.

In addition, Matomo respects your browser’s ‘Do Not Track’ option on this website, which you can activate in your browser to prevent the analysis of your website visit. If desired, the usage of cookies can also be prohibited entirely or on a case-by-case basis in the browser settings.

Below, you have the possibility to at any time prohibit the recording and analysis by Matomo of your visit to the website by simply clicking that you do not agree to the storing and usage of your visitor data.

Use of Webalizer

The version of the Webalizer web statistics program we use does not collect its own data. Rather, it analyses data from the log files on the web server. The last three digits of IP addresses are truncated before they are used for the analysis of usage behaviour, making it impossible for your identity to be determined and preserving your anonymity as a user. The anonymised data records are stored on our web server and are analysed exclusively for internal statistical purposes. At no time is this data shared with any third parties.

Privacy policy with respect to social media plug-ins such as Facebook and Twitter

Social media plug-ins such as the Facebook or Twitter button usually result in the IP address of a visitor to a website immediately being recorded and their online activities being logged by these services. This is the case even if the website visitor does not click on a social media button. The social media buttons on this website feature the recognised system Shariff to protect your data. This ensures that there is no direct contact with the chosen social media network until you actively click on a share button.


This website features Twitter service functions. These functions are offered by Twitter, Inc. , 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the Retweet function, the websites you have visited are connected to your Twitter account and are made known to other users. Data is also transferred to Twitter.

Please note that as the provider of the web pages we have no knowledge of the contents of the data transmitted or how it is used by Twitter. More information on this can be found in the Twitter privacy policy.

You can change your Twitter data privacy settings in the account settings.

Changes to this privacy policy

We will update these guidelines from time to time in order to protect your personal data. You should review these guidelines occasionally in order to remain up to date regarding how we protect your data and how we are constantly improving the contents of our website. If we make significant changes to how we collect, use and/or share the personal data made available to us by you, we shall bring this to your attention by means of an unambiguous and clearly visible notice on the website. By using the website, you consent to the conditions of these guidelines regarding the protection of your personal data.

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, please contact the controller listed above.

Personal data shall only be collected if voluntarily submitted by you while registering to order informational materials, via the contact form or when subscribing to our newsletter. We shall use the data provided by you solely to satisfy your enquiry or process your order. No data shall be shared with any third parties without your consent.

The website uses SSL encryption (https) in accordance with Sect. 13 Para. 7 of Germany’s Telemedia Act (TMG). As such, data submitted to the server in a form (log-in, registration, project processing, etc.) is protected to the latest technological standards.

Planned data transmission to third countries

Data is generally not transmitted to third countries. Exceptions to this may arise as a result of a specific legal basis.

Privacy policy with respect to personal data

Safeguarding personal data

All the available technical and organisational safety measures are applied to ensure that the personal data you provide us with is safeguarded from being accessed by unauthorised third parties. A limited number of employees of the RNE and of the website’s system administrator have access to your personal data. You will find detailed data protection information regarding our newsletter below.

We store your data on secure servers in Germany. Access to the servers is only afforded to a handful of authorised persons who are responsible for overseeing them technically. We take precautions to ensure that your personal data is secure. Your data is diligently protected from loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation and unauthorised access or disclosure.

Use, storage and deletion of personal data

The personal data provided by you in our contact form, when ordering informational materials or when subscribing to the newsletter is stored on our server and is used exclusively for correspondence and for use of the website.

Postal addresses and email addresses that are provided within the scope of requesting or ordering informational materials are used exclusively for correspondence purposes and for sending the requested documents.

Personal data is routinely deleted, at the latest after six months, when it is no longer needed for the processing of enquiries and orders, when the persons in question have not granted their specific approval of their data being kept and when the statutory record retention obligations and periods do not prescribe extended data retention.


The personal data collected for the newsletter mailing list is used for processing purposes. Your data is not shared with any third parties. Your data is not processed or used for the purposes of advice, advertising or market research. When you unsubscribe from the newsletter, all your personal data is deleted from our database.

This website uses CleverReach for newsletter distribution. The provider is CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstraße 43, 26180 Rastede, Germany. CleverReach is a service used to organise and analyse newsletter distribution. The data you provide in order to receive the newsletter (e.g. email address) is stored on CleverReach’s servers in Germany or Ireland.

The newsletters we distribute with CleverReach allow us to analyse the behaviour of newsletter recipients. Among other things, we can analyse how many recipients open a newsletter message and how frequently which links within a newsletter are clicked on. You will find more information on newsletter data analysis with CleverReach at:

Your data is processed on the basis of your consent (Sect. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR). You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing from the newsletter. Your revocation does not affect the lawfulness of the data processing performed in the past.

If you do not wish for your data to be analysed by CleverReach, you must unsubscribe from the newsletter. We include an appropriate link for this in every newsletter.

The data you submit to us in order to receive the newsletter is stored by us until you are removed from the newsletter mailing list and is deleted from the CleverReach servers following cancellation of your newsletter subscription. This does not affect data stored by us for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members’ area).

For more details, please refer to CleverReach’s data security policy at:

Conclusion of a contract data processing agreement
We have concluded a contract data processing agreement with CleverReach and implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities in full with regard to our use of CleverReach.

Your rights

You have the right to request information about the personal data stored about you, the right to have it amended if desired and the right to limit its processing or demand its deletion.

Insofar as there are no reasons necessitating contract data processing, you may at any time revoke the consent you previously granted to your personal data being stored in writing (e.g. by email or fax) with immediate effect. Your data shall be deleted without undue delay and at the latest within five working days.

The lawfulness of the processing of the data up until the time permission is revoked shall remain unaffected.

Should you have any questions or complaints regarding this data privacy notice or the processing of your data, please contact the GIZ Data Protection Officer at the following email address:

You have the right to address your complaint to the relevant data protection authority. This is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).