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Sustainable Development Goals in Berlin

Sustainability in the Coalition Agreement

“Berlin undertakes to apply the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, in a suitable form in Berlin’s urban policy. Within the framework of the joint activities of the Federal Government and Federal States, Berlin is actively involved in drawing up and implementing the National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Federal Government. The methodical approach of the “Berlin Sustainable Development Profile” will continue to be developed and will be supplemented with an implementation roadmap.”
With the Coalition Agreement, the Berlin Senate set itself ambitious goals which will be implemented with the participation of all stakeholders in the city’s society.

Berlin is sustainable!

In 2015, the member states of the United Nations adopted the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development with its 17 goals, also known as “Global Goals” or “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs). Sustainable development also plays an important role in all policy areas in Berlin. This is why, even before the Agenda 2030, a Core Indicator Report was produced for the sustainable development of Berlin.
Equally, a Sustainable Development Profile was drawn up for Berlin with the involvement of diverse interest groups, in which numerous areas and specific projects are described, which contribute to a continuous improvement.

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The German Sustainable Development Strategy

The topic of sustainability has also long since been on the political agenda on a federal government level. With the German Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Government has made sustainable development the guiding principle of its policies, which are to be followed as the goal and standard for government action in measures in all fields of politics. The German Sustainable Development Strategy is currently being updated for the second time. All the federal states are involved in the process, as are numerous stakeholders of civil society and other institutions. Berlin also contributes regularly, among other things, within the framework of joint Federal Government and Federal State meetings.

Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (Regionale Netzstellen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien - RENN)

The so-called RENN hubs, the regional hubs of the sustainability strategies, were founded to implement the German sustainable development strategies. These are divided into four regions in Germany. With 20 partners from all 16 federal states, the RENN form a regional network for sustainable action and societal transformation. They are intended to further develop and to network sustainability activities on a national, federal state and municipal level. Berlin is a member of the “RENN.mitte” or central hub network.

Our network partner in RENN.mitte

The non-governmental organisation “Berlin21” is our network partner for the implementation of the German Sustainable Development Strategy in Berlin. Its main goal is to support the participation of civil society in the development of a capital city region. Sustainability projects and initiatives are made visible, in order to make Berlin fit for the future and to level the way for sustainable development. The tasks also include communicating the importance of sustainable development of the capital city region and creating public awareness of the transformation process. Berlin 21 therefore actively promotes the goals and ideas of sustainable development and communicates corresponding topics and activities.