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17th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)
29 May 2017, Berlin Congress Center (bcc), Alexanderstraße 11, 10178 Berlin,
9:15 am – 6 pm, followed by a reception
The plenary talks and discussions will be translated
by sign language interpreters.
Around the globe, countries are focusing their attention on the 2030 Agenda. Setting their differences aside, actors are reaching out to each other to pursue joint concerns in the field of sustainable development. Germany is currently at the centre of the world’s 20 most important economies: with its policies, values and desire to make sustainability the basis of decisions – across the board.
But there is another defining feature about our present day and age: we are not doing enough to translate our knowledge into action. We do not question enough what it (actually) means to advocate sustainability. We are not harnessing our desire for a better future to a sufficient extent to bridge the gap between our conflicts here and now.
How are we driving sustainable development forward? What is important, what can I and what must I, my organisation, ‘politics’ or ‘someone’ change? What needs to be done and what can be done faster? What is realistic and what is not in Germany, the ‘land of sustainability’?
These are the topics we want to discuss with you in forums and networks and through direct exchanges of opinion and presentations at the Annual Conference plenary session.
We invite all interested stakeholders to take part in the 17th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development.
We look forward to welcoming you there.
Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development
|from 8 am||Registration |
|9:15 am||Welcome address |
Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development
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|9:30 am||Magazine: Concepts and suggestions |
|Short presentations moderated by Günther Bachmann, Secretary-General of the German Council for Sustainable Development |
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|Moderator: Anke Plättner, Phoenix |
|10:30 am||Environmental strategies and sustainability |
|Federal Minister Dr. Barbara Hendricks |
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Statement and discussion with Anke Plättner
|11:00 am||Sustainable agricultural products for everyone |
|Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, agricultural scientist and organic farmer |
Alexander Müller, Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development
Bernd Naaf, CropScience, Bayer AG
discuss sustainable agriculture, organic farming and global responsibility
moderated by Anke Plättner
|11:30 am||Sustainability 30 years after the Brundtland definition |
|Günther Bachmann talks to Dr. Volker Hauff, German Member of the Brundtland Commission |
|11:45 am||Lunch break |
|1:00 – 2:30 pm||Parallel forums |
|2:30 pm||Coffee break |
|3:00 pm||Plenary session: Award for transformation projects #tatenfuermorgen |
|3:15 pm||Marlehn Thieme welcomes the German Federal Chancellor |
Speech by the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
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|4:25 pm||The future of development cooperation, Africa and the G20 |
Federal Minister Gerd Müller,
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Statement and discussion with Anke Plättner
|4:55 pm||Film: Global Arts Corps “Year Zero36” |
What is culture?
Volker Eisenach, freelance choreographer, Faster-Than-Light-Dance-Company
Dieter Kosslick, Berlin International Film Festival
Stefan Schmidt, pianist, ‘Der Straßenchor’ (Street Choir)
Jörg Thadeusz, author, radio and television presenter
Moderator: Günther Bachmann
|5:25 pm||The Straßenchor directed by Stefan Schmidt & the |
Faster-Than-Light-Dance-Company directed by Volker Eisenach
Please note that this event is in German.
Last updated: 20 April 2017
Parallel forums from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Forum 1: Workshop – Thinking of a (more) digital Germany?
Digital transformation is changing the way we live, work and communicate. Digital technologies are evolving rapidly and they are opening up unprecedented potential and opportunities for development between societies and states, within the industry, the workplace and also for science and research. At the same time, digitalisation poses new risks in regards to freedom of opinion, data protection as well as digital gaps between countries and within societies. How will societies change as a result? How can we turn these new digitalised technologies into effective tools for sustainable development and where do we need to apply leverage to unlock economies of scale in sustainability?
RNE host: Katherina Reiche
Moderator: Albert Eckert, denkmodell
Henning Banthien, ifok GmbH
Benjamin Bergemann, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Markus Kreßler, Kiron Open Higher Education
Dr. Tino Langer, Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology
Philippe Lorenz, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (New responsibility foundation)
Dr. Max Neufeind, German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Dr. Meike Niedbal, Deutsche Bahn AG (German National Railways)
Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Osburg, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
Timo Poppe, swb AG
Forum 2: Green Finance Lounge – Council members in debate
The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for a lot of money, political courage and new ways of thinking. It is estimated that three trillion US dollars of private sector money will be needed to achieve the global SDGs by 2030. Investing in highly corrupt and also fossil fuel-based industries is no longer a viable option. Furthermore, Germany’s trade surplus is increasingly under pressure.
Members of the German Council for Sustainable Development discuss with guests what needs to be done around the world in general – and especially in Germany – and talk about the way sustainable financing should be structured.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen and Achim Steiner
in conversation with
Johannes Behrens-Türk, DekaBank
Martin Koch, EU Commission, DG FISMA
Oliver Oehri, Center for Social and Sustainable Products AG, Liechtenstein
Dr. Annabel Oelmann, Consumer Advice Centre, Bremen
Dr. Andreas M. Rickert, PHINEO gAG
Matthias Stapelfeldt, Union Investment
Jakob Thomä, 2° Investing Initiative
Johannes Wagner, Deutscher UN-Jugenddelegierter für nachhaltige Entwicklung
Forum 3: Panel discussion – Cities – so are they all smart now?
Cities magnify and intensify major processes of transformation. They should and indeed want to be socially responsible, innovative, green, sustainable and smart. But is that feasible? And all at the same time? For many cities, the data revolution poses a major challenge – after all, urban living is not just about having Wi-Fi in the park. But how exactly do we go about creating these cities of the future? What needs to be done to make sure no one is left behind? How can good decisions, valuable data and meaningful participation find a common ground? And what happens in places in which/where things are not so ‘smart’?
RNE hosts: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml
Moderator: Anke Plättner
Andreas Feicht, Wuppertaler Stadtwerke Energie und Wasser AG
Oliver Haubner, Bertelsmann Foundation
Thomas Kufen, Mayor of the City of Essen
Prof. Dr. Lamia Messari-Becker, German Advisory Council on the Environment
Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Forum 4: Panel discussion – Sustainable business management in troubled times
General policy and economic conditions are changing globally and geopolitically. What are the consequences for sustainable business management if key trade partners increasingly seal themselves off? How will digitalisation and the transformation of work impact resource-friendly and environmentally aware business practices? And what precautions do companies with sustainable business models need to take to hold their own on national and international markets?
RNE hosts: Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Dr. Werner Schnappauf
Moderator: Sabine Braun, akzente
Theo Besgen, BeoPlast GmbH
Cornelia Heydenreich, Germanwatch e.V.
Dr. Axel Seidel, Prognos AG
Dr. Kora Kristof, German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Holger Lösch, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Forum 5: Wishing – let’s create the world we w a n t – an exchange
In this forum we are seeking inspiration from people who have taken on responsibility and are helping to make the world a better place for us all. The times we live in are rife with fear about threats to our material and physical wellbeing, with concerns about peace, tolerance and civil liberties, and with resentment about the ‘system’ that repeatedly churns out yet more inequalities. Worrying does not help. What does, however, is rolling up our sleeves and creating a future that corresponds with our desire for – and our concepts of – a better life for all.
Here our guests tell their story. What are they doing, what have they learned and what might the outcome be? Their backgrounds are different, but they all share the same commitment to solidarity, dialogue and sustainable development.
RNE hosts: Dr. Imme Scholz, Olaf Tschimpke
Moderator: Verónica Tomei, Office of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)
Dr. Gisela Burckhardt, Femnet e.V.
Clara Leiva Burger, Archdiocese of Cologne
Dr. Volker Hauff, Retired Federal Minister
Melanie Hörenz, Civic Foundation Dresden
Philipp Schönrock, Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional, Colombia
Forum 6: New governance laboratory – Rolling out the sustainability strategy – what’s the next move?
Sustainable development as a joint effort: the updated German Sustainability Strategy aims to integrate actors much more intensively. The strategy already includes initial deliberations that now need to be expanded.
Together with you, we want to rethink governance and invite you to contribute your ideas on cooperation, participation, knowledge transfer and political steering to help implement the German Sustainability Strategy.
This forum is the place to present your precise and concisely worded ideas on the governance of the German Sustainability Strategy – there will not be a panel discussion but rather an open exchange of opinion and a culture of debate based on respect and trust.
RNE hosts: Ulla Burchardt, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
Moderator: Andrea Thilo, journalist
Dr. Stefan Bauernfeind*, Federal Chancellery
Jasmin Burgermeister, Deutsche UN-Jugenddelegierte für nachhaltige Entwicklung
Dr. Ingolf Dietrich, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Dr. Ulrich Hatzfeld, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Thilo Hoppe, Bread for the World
Andreas Jung, MP, Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development
Thomas Kubendorff, Former Administrator of the Steinfurt District
Dr. Falk Schmidt, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Dr. Laura Schneider, econsense e.V.
Forum 7: A culture of sustainability – A conversation with guests
Hearing about sustainable development from others: values, visions, actions, diversity
RNE hosts: Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Alexander Müller
Moderator: Jörg Thadeusz, author, radio and television presenter
Leoni Beckmann, Restlos Glücklich e.V. (No leftovers, completely happy)
Dieter Kosslick, Berlin International Film Festival
Rüdiger Kruse, MP, CDU/CSU parliamentary group
Elisabeth Mars, Arbeitsstelle Weltbilder
Walter Spruck, Initiative Grünes Kino (Green Cinema Initiative)
Britta Steffenhagen, actress and facilitator
The conference management team will gladly provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have:
On behalf of the German Council for Sustainable Development
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