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Future peace and prosperity will no longer be within our reach, if we in Germany do not commit more resolutely to greater sustainability and channel all our energy into making it happen – be it in politics, business, science or civil society.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability and identifying interrelationships are major success factors for anchoring this topic in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Avoiding past mistakes means pointing progress in the right direction: the principle of sustainable development is a good compass for technical and social innovations at local, national and global level.

Ulla Burchardt, Member of the Council

Ulla Burchardt

The global sustainability and climate protection goals are the long-term milestones. Now we have to engage in an honest discussion about what the state, private sector and citizens can and must do to achieve them.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The energy revolution has greatly reduced the costs of green electricity, so it is competitive at international level and helps to achieve the global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

The idea of sustainability is at the core of a viable, innovative economy and is vital for a society that aims to safeguard quality of life in the long term. That is why the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – must be considered together.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Sustainable development requires to find as much common ground as possible but also to accept differences.

Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Member of the Council

Dr. Werner Schnappauf

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

In forest science, we learned how important the sustainable management of natural resources is centuries ago. Empirical knowledge, openness to new things and humility in the face of nature can help other sectors, too.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

The UN Sustainable Development Goals present the vision of a fundamental socio-ecological transformation. They are not a specialist task for development or environmental policy, but are binding for all cabinet members.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
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Strategy 2004

Two years after the national sustainability strategy was adopted, an initial monitoring was carried out in 2004. In a progress report, the German government examined the progress of the implementation of the targets and indicators stated in the strategy. For the progress report of the German government, the Sustainability Council was commissioned to work out a recommendation on the possibilities for the reduction of land consumption in Germany. Besides the Council for Sustainable Development has presented a report “Sustainability and Society” which reflects how sustainability is rooted in German society.

At its annual conference in 2003, the Sustainability Council has turned its attention to the monitoring process for the sustainability strategy by presenting so-called 'challenger reports' on the topics "International Dimension in the German Sustainability Policies", "About the Management of Public Matters: Economics and Politics at their Limits" and "Sustainability and Local Agenda: Epoch or Episode".

Dialogue "Sustainability and Society"
The Council for Sustainable Development has presented a report which reflects how sustainability is rooted in German society. The Institute for Organisation Communications (IFOK) was commissioned to conduct a dialogue process. The final report has now been presented. A draft report was offered for public comments from 4 May to 22 May. On 23 June, the final report was presented along with the recommendations of the Council to the Government based on the findings.

Monitoring
At its annual conference in 2003, the Sustainability Council has turned its attention to the monitoring process for the sustainability strategy by presenting so-called 'challenger reports' on the topics "International Dimension in the German Sustainability Policies", "About the Management of Public Matters: Economics and Politics at their Limits" and "Sustainability and Local Agenda: Epoch or Episode".

Dialogue on Land Use
For the progress report of the German government, the Sustainability Council was commissioned to work out a recommendation on the possibilities for the reduction of land consumption in Germany. To this end, the Council has held its own series of events. A final report on these is being prepared at present.

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