Global Targets & National Responsibility? German Sustainable Development Strategy
In September 2015, world leaders gathered in New York adopted a global agenda for sustainable development – the 2030 Agenda. In Paris in December 2015, they reached a follow-up agreement on international climate protection. Germany campaigned passionately for the success of both negotiation processes. The 17 global goals for sustainable development of the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), are aimed at everybody: at governments around the world, but also at civil society, media, the business sector and science.
In accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals, on 11 January 2017 the Federal Government in Germany approved a new version of the Sustainable Development Strategy, the most extensive enhancement of the Strategy since its first adoption in 2002. The German Sustainable Development Strategy outlines the importance of sustainable development for the Federal Government’s policies and defines concrete targets and measures over the entire range of political issues. It thus provides a benchmark for the required long-term perspective. All federal institutions are called upon to contribute to achieving the targets with activities in their own fields. As such, it clearly demonstrates how a global challenge can be faced by implementation of local measures, which is a good path for realization of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Author: Miloje Grbin / Global Impact Grid