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


 Currently the Strategy is again under review, to be adopted in early 2021.

Type of SD strategy

  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. It is now structured along the 17 SDG- including the targets and indicators.

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.


Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Federal Chancellery  

Link to the SD strategy

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

 Download here


Summary in six UN languages


The GSDS has been updated in December 2018.

 Updated strategies and biennial progress reports by the Federal government can be found here


Peer Reviews 2018, 2013 and 2009 (document in German and English)

 Indicator Reports by the German National Institute for Statistics

Indicator Report 2016


Indicator Report 2018


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


Further information about
the SD strategy process


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Wednesday, 06 May 2020

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