Currently, 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.
The federal 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.
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).
In addition, 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.
Another 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.
Furthermore, the Sustainable Development
Council supports vertical integration by activities such as the Sustainability
Network of Lord Mayors and the creation of regional hubs.
The Government of North Rhine-Westphalia
in Germany adopted its first SD Strategy in June 2016. It was the first German
region that committed itself to implement the global SDGs that were adopted at
the UN Summit in New York in September 2016. The centerpiece of the SD Strategy
is a goal and indicator system for 19 main fields of action with which the
regional government determines ambitious goals to be reached by 2030. The
monitoring system comprises about 70 indicators. Every two years, an indicator
report will be prepared, and every four years, the SD Strategy will be updated.
Please find more information on the SD Strategy in German here
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