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The impact of COVID-19 on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The international community of states intends to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. However, the worldwide pandemic is setting back many states’ action plans – and multilateralism is not faring well in the current environment.

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Presidency of the Council of the EU: half a year to make a wholehearted commitment

Germany will soon commence its presidency of the Council of the European Union. Rarely have there been so many sustainability-related topics on the agenda – plus the opportunity to put the billions of euros earmarked for the coronavirus recovery to transformative use. Here is an overview of the most important decisions to be made and those which have been postponed.

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Encounters that leave a smaller footprint

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, digitalisation has been given a significant push forward – in event management as well. How strongly emissions will fall as a result is, however, difficult to quantify.

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How the post-coronavirus restart can become ecological

In the EU, uniform criteria have recently been defined regarding what allows business operations to be considered sustainable. Financial experts see this taxonomy as a key tool that can be leveraged to make rebuilding in the wake of the coronavirus crisis greener than before.

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EEAC Network publishes paper on Covid19 response

The EEAC Network - a network that brings together 17 advisory bodies on climate change, the environment and sustainable development from 13 European countries and regions - has published a paper “Responding to Covid19: Building social, economic and environmental resilience with the European Green Deal”.

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Kick-off to the Global Forum: international sustainability bodies join together

More and more sustainable development advisory councils and similar organisations are being established in the Global South. However, their work is often far from easy and their resources are limited. Next week, actors are coming together in Bogotá, Colombia, at the inauguration of the Global Forum for National SDG Advisory Bodies to learn from one another.

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+++ Announcement +++ Reappointment of the German Council for Sustainable Development: the Office extends a warm welcome to all Council members, both newly appointed and returning, and looks forward to working together!

On 11 December 2019, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced to the federal cabinet the regular reappointment of the members of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE).

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“The world without the SDGs would be a much darker place” - Interview with Paula Caballero and Patti Londoño

In 2011 Paula Caballero had a groundbreaking idea: development is not only for developing countries. The whole world has to change. She wrote down the approach. Strongly supported by the Colombian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patti Londoño, all member states of the UN adopted her idea in 2015. Today, the Sustainable Development Goals shape the world. This is their story.

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Sustainable finance markets taking concrete form

For the finance sector, things are now getting serious: the Federal Government wants to make Germany a leader of sustainable finance and has commissioned a Sustainable Finance Advisory Council to prepare corresponding proposals. At the third German Sustainable Finance Summit, experts discussed a first position paper.

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Wake-up call in New York, consequences here: RNE is co-founder of ‘Global Forum for National SDG Advisory Bodies’

With its five summits within a week, the General Assembly of the United Nations is aiming to accelerate realisation of the 2030 Agenda. More needs to be done towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals on behalf of climate protection, world health and development finance.

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DIE ANSAGE: messages for New York

Please find here the 4 messages for New York formulated by “DIE ANSAGE”s audience on 17 September 2019.

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Inauguration of Sino-German sustainability dialogue

The Sino-German Sustainability Summit held in Beijing highlighted parallels between the two countries regarding discussions of sustainable business practice. Various RNE initiatives have attracted the interest of the Chinese and could contribute to sustainable development in China, too.

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