German sustainability strategy translated into six languages

Sustainable development German sustainability strategy translated into six languages

In an effort to bring its 2021 Sustainability Strategy to a wider international audience, the Federal Government has had a shortened version of the 2021 strategy translated into all six languages used at the United Nations. We also hope to encourage all countries to publish their own ambitious sustainability strategies, as the only way of achieving Agenda 2030’s 17 global sustainability goals is through strategic policymaking that sets specific objectives. 

The inclusion of the 17 sustainability goals (SDGs) has brought the German Sustainability Strategy to a wider international audience.

The inclusion of the 17 sustainability goals (SDGs) has brought the German Sustainability Strategy to a wider international audience. 

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The German Sustainability Strategy (or GSS for short) was revised and expanded in 2021, following a range of events with representatives of civil society, business, science and the state. This wide-ranging discussion process began in October 2019 and concluded with expert discussions a year later, which resulted in the revised GSS 2021 that was adopted by the Federal Cabinet in March 2021.   

In line with the United Nation's 17 sustainability goalsen

A Sustainability Strategy has been in place in Germany since 2002, and in 2016 the GSS was brought into line with Agenda 2030’s 17 global sustainability goals. The original strategy was presented at the United Nations Earth Summit for sustainable development in Johannesburg, and it has been revised every four years since 2004. 

Six transformation areas identified

The Strategy aims to set the course for greater sustainability at various levels of business and society. This will require an ambitious transformation of all sectors of society.

The six transformation areas address multiple Agenda 2030 goals and emphasise the interaction between them. The Federal Government hopes to achieve progress towards implementing the 17 sustainability goals in the following areas: Wellbeing for people and social justice; energy revolution and climate protection; the circular economy; sustainable construction and the transport revolution; agriculture and food; a pollutant-free environment.

Chapter C – the heart of the strategy

Chapter C is the heart of the strategy. It sets out how Germany will make a specific contribution towards achieving each of the sustainability goals and sub-goals, both in Germany and around the world The chapter includes indicators developed by the Federal Statistical Office for each of the SDGs, which will make it possible to measure sustainable development.

You can read the Strategy here:  Full version (German) PDF, 10 MB, barrierefrei  –  Short version (German) PDF, 2 MB, nicht barrierefrei
Full version (English) PDF, 11 MB, nicht barrierefrei  Short version (English) PDF, 2 MB, barrierefrei
Short versions: French PDF, 1 MB, barrierefrei , Spanish PDF, 2 MB, barrierefrei , Russian PDF, 2 MB, barrierefrei , Chinese PDF, 4 MB, barrierefrei , Arabic PDF, 2 MB, barrierefrei
You can order printed copies here.

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