13 of 16 of the German federal states have their own SD strategies in place.
The federal government aims at strengthening the cooperation between the
national level and the federal states level. Short descriptions of the federal
states’ SD activities are available in German.
government has strengthened cooperation with the local level in the context of
the Progress Reports 2008, 2012 and 2016. Accepting an invitation by the
federal government, the German municipal umbrella organisation (consisting of
the German association of cities, the German county association and the German
association of towns and municipalities) presented their priorities and views
on the GSDS in a guest chapter in the Progress Reports. There it stressed that
SD is increasingly becoming a central guiding principle of municipal politics.
In February 2009 and again in April 2013, delegates from the German municipal
umbrella organisation discussed questions of land use for housing and
infrastructure with the federal government in a meeting of the State
Secretaries´ Committee for Sustainable Development. In January 2012 and again
in March 2015, the State Secretaries’ Committee discussed with mayors (members
of the “Sustainable City” dialogue - Mayors for Sustainable Development in
Municipalities Initiative of the Council for Sustainable Development) challenges
of sustainable cities and fields of further cooperation.
“Federal-Länder Experience Exchange on SD” is a format that offers room for
regular communication on current issues of sustainable development at Federal
and Länder level. In addition, the Federal Government and the Länder meet at
political level (Conference of the Heads of the State and Senate Chancelleries
of the Länder (CdS) and the Federal Chancellery).
there are specific fields of cooperation, which integrate the federal and subnational
level (federal ministries, Länder, municipalities) as well as science research
institutes and NGOs.
instrument to support sustainable development activities at local level is the
Service Agency Communities in One World (Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen
Welt – SKEW), set up by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
It provides information and advice to the municipalities on all aspects of
community-level development cooperation and acts as focal point for civil
society commitment in implementing the 2030 Agenda.
the Sustainable Development Council supports vertical integration by activities
such as the Sustainability Network of Lord Mayors and the creation of regional
declaration by the Federation and the Länder on Sustainable Development
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