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  Germany

Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The German Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) was adopted by the German Government in 2002. Through a total of three extensive Progress Reports (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), the GSDS has been continuously reviewed, updated and further developed.

The GSDS is the essential framework for the national implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Accompanied by a very broad participatory consultation process, the GSDS has been carefully reviewed in 2016 in all its essential elements. The new GSDS has been adopted by the German Government in January 2017.

The GSDS has been maintained over five changes of government, documenting the broad, constant political consensus in Germany regarding the importance of sustainable development.

The German Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) was adopted by the German Government in 2002. Through a total of four extensive Progress Reports (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), the GSDS has been continuously reviewed, updated and further developed. The latest update took place in November 2018.

 The GSDS is the essential framework for the national implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Accompanied by a very broad participatory consultation process, the GSDS has been carefully reviewed in 2016 in all its essential elements. The new GSDS has been adopted by the German Government in January 2017. The above mentioned update of the Strategy has been adopted in November 2018.

 The GSDS has been maintained over five changes of government, documenting the broad, constant political consensus in Germany regarding the importance of sustainable development.

The current government´s coalition agreement of January 2018 stresses once more that sustainable development is the fundamental objective and benchmark of the government and provides a number of measures to strengthen the efforts on national, European and international level.

The next comprehensive update and report will take place in 2020.

Type of SD strategy

 

The new GSDS including the targets and indicators are structured along the 17 SDGs.

 

 

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Federal Chancellery https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-en/issues/sustainability

Link to the SD strategy
document

The new GSDS has been adopted by the Cabinet in January 2017.

 

https://www.bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/997532/188836/7d1716e5d5576bec62c9d16ca908e80e/2017-06-20-nachhaltigkeit-neuauflage-engl-data.pdf?download=1

 

Summary in six UN languages: https://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/EN/StatischeSeiten/Schwerpunkte/Nachhaltigkeit/2017-04-18-die-nationale-nachhaltigkeitsstrategie_en.html?nn=393722 (still valid – no change necessary)

 

The GSDS has been updated in December 2018.

 

https://www.bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/975274/1588964/1b24acbed2b731744c2ffa4ca9f3a6fc/2019-03-13-dns-aktualisierung-2018-englisch-data.pdf?download=1

Further information about the SD strategy process   

 

 

Strategy for Sustainable Development: Perspectives for Germany (2002) (

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/nachhaltigkeitspolitik/berichte-und-reden/berichte-der-bundesregierung-418550Progress Report 2004 https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/nachhaltigkeitspolitik/berichte-und-reden/berichte-der-bundesregierung-418550    Progress Report 2008

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/nachhaltigkeitspolitik/berichte-und-reden/berichte-der-bundesregierung-418550

    Progress Report 2012

https://www.bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/998220/354624/96abc6d69cf7cdd6eeebd34259224995/2012-06-07-fortschrittsbericht-2012-englisch-barrierefrei-data.pdf?download=1

 

 

Peer Review 2018 (document in German and English)

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/nachhaltigkeitspolitik/peer-review-experten-berichten-427914

 

 

 

 

 

    Indicator Report 2014

https://www.destatis.de/EN/FactsFigures/Indicators/SustainableDevelopmentIndicators/National/SDG_National.html

 

Indicator Report 2016

https://www.destatis.de/EN/FactsFigures/Indicators/SustainableDevelopmentIndicators/National/SDG_National.html

 

Indicator Report 2018 (in German)

https://www.destatis.de/DE/ZahlenFakten/Indikatoren/Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren/National/IndikatorenberichtDestatis.html

 

 

 

 

    “Gemeinsam Verantwortung wahrnehmen und Zukunft Gestalten”/”Sharing responsibility – shaping the future together”(April 2017)

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-en/issues/sustainability/state-secretaries-committee-for-sustainable-development-in-the-un-languages-447864

Further information about
the SD strategy process

 

NSDS: Perspectives for Germany (2002) (in German), Perspectives for Germany (2002) (in English)

    Progress Report 2004 (in German), Progress Report 2004 (in English)

    Interim Report: Landmark Sustainability 2005 (in German)

    Progress Report 2008 (in German and English)

    Documentation of the consultation process for the Progress Report 2008 (in German)

    Progress Report 2012 (in German and English)

    Brochure 10 years sustainability made in Germany - the national sustainable development strategy” 2012

    Brochure Milestones of the Sustainability Policy 2014 (in German)

    Indicator Report 2006

    Indicator-Report 2008

    Indicator Report 2010

    Indicator Report 2012 (in English)

    Indicator Report 2014 (in English and German)

    Documentation of the consultation process for the Progress Report 2015/2016 (in German)

    "German Sustainable Development Strategy Summary" (January 2017)

    “Gemeinsam Verantwortung wahrnehmen und Zukunft Gestalten”/”Sharing responsibility – shaping the future together”(April 2017)

 

 

This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 08 April 2019

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