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No sustainable development without feminism

A failure to empower women and girls will see the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) come to nothing. This was the core message from the German delegation at this year’s UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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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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New Podcast on Sustainability Made in Europe

The new podcast series "Sustainability Made in Europe: A Policy Podcast on Finance, Reporting & Governance" debates major dynamics at the EU-level and presents expert views and backgrounds.

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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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Improving sustainability: On the home straight

Green energy, reusable packaging and social engagement – clubs, athletes and their fans can all play a major role in sustainable development. A great example of this is RENN.west’s “Goals Need Actions – Sport in the West” campaign. Among those breaking new ground are prominent football clubs.

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What’s new from the Sustainable Shopping Basket

Would you like to live more sustainably? The Sustainable Shopping Basket from RENN.süd gives you lifestyle tips, connects you with like-minded people and shows you what goes where – with plans to expand services with partner input.

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Actions speak louder than words

From influencers and podcasters to transport activists and bakeries – never before have so many different people taken part in the German Action Days on Sustainability as this year. In their own way, they all spotlight how consumption, mobility and the very lives we lead can be designed to meet the needs of the future.

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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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"Sustainability must be a matter for the boss!"

Excerpt from an interview by Dr Werner Schnappauf, Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development, with the Sustainability & Change Communications department at Daimler.

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