From the Council

A Sustainability Summit in Times of War

After three years of COVID-19 and more recently the war in Ukraine, the 2030 Agenda has never before seemed quite so utopian. Now, the international community is meeting for its annual sustainability summit in New York to continue fighting for its roadmap to making the world a better place for all.

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Turning Point for a Consistent Sustainability Policy

Recommendations of the German Council for Sustainable Development to secure the global sustainability perspective in light of the war in Ukraine; Berlin, 17 May 2022

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Sustainability reporting as a financial driver of transformation

Statement by the German Council for Sustainable Development; Berlin, 31.03.2022

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Our Common Agenda – Impetus for an inclusive and networked multilateralism for sustainable development

Statement by Council members in collaboration with Dr Marianne Beisheim (SWP) and Dr Silke Weinlich (DIE); Berlin, 20 January 2022

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Open letter: Paving the way for a sustainable future

Open letter from the German Council for Sustainable Development and 14 other German federal government advisory boards and bodies to the federal chairs, general secretaries and the chairs of the parliamentary groups of the SPD, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, FDP and CDU/CSU.

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“We don’t need to own the mobile phone we use for work”

Around the world, electronic waste is piling up. Dr Rüdiger Kühr, co-author of the Global E-waste Monitor and director of the Sustainable Cycles Programme at the United Nations University in Bonn, shares some ideas on how we can stop this from happening.

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„We on the sustainability scene must reach those beyond the usual suspects"

As founding Secretary-General of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2001 to 2020, Günther Bachmann advanced the topic of sustainability on all levels and in all areas of politics. He could hardly have dreamt of the changes that would be achieved – but in his opinion they are still not enough. We asked him for his personal view on the developments, successes and failures of those two decades.

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SDG Moment: A compass out of the crisis

On 20 September, the United Nations held the virtual SDG Moment with more than 30 heads of state and government to report on the status of the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals.

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Voluntary National Reviews: consensus-building as a driving force

There is little measurable progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda – but more and more institutions are working to change just that. Examples from all over the world show what methods can be used to transfer the Sustainable Development Goals into domestic policymaking. Many of those involved recently came together at the High-Level Political Forum hosted by the United Nations in New York.

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Germany needs a shoe size

The German Sustainable Development Strategy is currently being revised. The RNE demands that the global ecological footprint of our consumption be recorded in it. The data and methodologies are there.

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EU–Africa partnership for peace: joining forces for sustainability

In light of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Council for Sustainable Development advocates a stronger partnership of equals with Africa. Council member Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul speaks about the need for and opportunities offered by a new EU–Africa strategy.

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Laying the financial foundations for a sustainable recovery from the coronavirus crisis in the EU

Recommendation of the German Council for Sustainable Development concerning the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework and the European coronavirus recovery fund; Berlin, 17 September 2020

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