reviews and updates of the Strategy , the German Government reported progress
and remaining challenges.
In 2004, 2008,
2012, 2017 and 2018 Progress Reports and Updates were adopted by
the Cabinet. All of them confirmed that SD remains a guiding principle for the
concrete political activities of the federal government. The reports explain
the governmental organisation in SD politics in detail and strengthen the
management of SD in German policy making.
sustainability management concept of the strategy comprises the following
· principles for
sustainable development. The principles for sustainable development summarise
the guiding principles of SD.
· There are 66 indicators (formerly 38) with associated
targets which allow for an objective check of the status of development
Every four years a Progress Report presents in detail the status of SD in
Germany. The Progress Reports are complemented by an indicator report,
independently prepared by the Federal Statistical Office every two years.
SD management, the State Secretaries’ Committee has gradually been strengthened
over the past years.
developing the GSDS, the 2008 report covered four key-topics (climate/energy,
resources, demographic change/social opportunities, international food-crises)
whereas the 2012 report focused on sustainable economic activity, climate and
energy and sustainable water policy. In addition to the key-topics, the reports
assessed the progress of the GSDS in a broad range of subjects. The 2012
Progress Report was drafted in view of the UN-Conference on Sustainable
Development in Rio de Janeiro and aimed presenting the status quo of SD in
Germany. First milestones for the Progress Report 2012 as well as a first draft
report were published in September 2010 respectively June 2011 and discussed in
a broad, internet-based public consultation: The range of topics of the new
GSDS is broader than before – as it is structured along the 17 SDGs. For each
SDGs, particular challenges for Germany are highlighted.
2013 and 2018 international experts brought their experiences to bear on
the opportunities and challenges for Germany's SD policies in an international
context. In 2009 and again in 2013, the German Federal Government mandated
Björn Stigson, the (former) President of the World Business Council for SD, and
a group of peers to conduct a Peer Review of Germany's SD policies. The first
Peer Review Report, organised by the Council for Sustainable Development on
behalf of the government, was handed over to Chancellor Angela Merkel on
November 23, 2009, the second Peer Review Report on September 25, 2013. A third
Peer review has been published and handed over to the Chancellor in June 2018.
The group of experts was this time chaired by Helen Clark, former Administrator
reports acknowledged Germany´s potential key position to spearhead the
transition to a more sustainable development and came up with a set of clear
recommendations addressing politics, the parliament, the business community and
civil society. The German Council for Sustainable Development facilitated all
three reviewing processes.
In 2010, the
State Secretary Committee for Sustainable Development (political body) adopted
an action program for a sustainable federal government which was reviewed and
further developed in March 2015. The action program must be implemented by
every federal ministry and their related offices and administration. The
program e.g. addresses sustainable buildings, reinforces sustainable public
procurement, sustainable mobility as well as sustainable conferences, and aims
at improving the possibilities to combine work and family life. Yearly
monitoring reports will be published as of 2016.
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