Implementation of the SDGs in Germany

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also applies to Germany. To be a credible partner for the implementation of the SDGs, we need to clearly define our part in achieving these goals both in Germany and internationally. The 2016 revision of the government-wide "German National Sustainable Development Strategy", adopted in January 2017, sets out concrete implementation measures for the 17 SDGs. The revised sustainability strategy makes it clear that all 17 SDGs also apply to an industrialised country like Germany.

At international level, the German government is also working hard to advance the implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda. To this end, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry for Development Cooperation launched the initiative “Partners for Review”, a network of actors from politics, civil society, the scientific community and industry who are involved in the national reporting procedure on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The purpose of the initiative is to boost a demand-driven exchange on new and upcoming challenges in SDG reporting, the follow-up process and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to trigger a dialogue on joint challenges in the development of national monitoring schemes. Topics to be discussed in this format include in particular the coordination of different national bodies, the involvement of partners, the strengthening of national review mechanisms and the compilation of data for national monitoring and follow-up processes. The aim is to initiate a thorough exchange of experience on these issues and help prepare the voluntary national implementation reports within the HLPF framework. The initiative has already organized four network meetings - in Bonn (Germany), Bogotá (Colombia), Kampala (Uganda) and Tbilisi (Georgia). The fifth meeting will take place from 5 to 7 November 2018 in Berlin.

Furthermore, through its International Climate Initiative, the Federal Environment Ministry is also contributing globally to preserving the natural foundations of life, implementing more sustainable life styles and transforming economies towards environmentally sounder practices with drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions through its international Climate Initiative.