Jump-Starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption & Production

2-4 May 2016 in Berlin, Germany


  1. Six months on the heels of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by UN member states in New York, this event focused on the challenges and opportunities, both in Germany and worldwide to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A special emphasis was made on natural resources and sustainable consumption and production in light of high consumption patterns in Germany in a globalized world, as well as the need for new partnerships at all levels. Attended by 330 participants from government, science, civil society and business, the meeting was organized by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), and co-hosts the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Germanwatch, the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany, Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

  2. Conference Highlights

    A conference programme, keynote transcript from Günter Bachmann, complete reporting from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), as well as a conference summary from the Independent Research Forum (IRF) are available below.
  3. The Time To Act Is Now!

    We have to use the momentum created by the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Implementation of the 2030 Agenda has to start without further delay at national level and first steps have to be presented and discussed at the HLPF in July 2016. The global agreements set the stage to transform societies towards a sustainable future. They fundamentally challenge our current development path while at the same time they offer new opportunities! These opportunities can only be realized if the SDGs are influencing key development drivers – and guide national and global policies, including trade policies, investments and the financial architecture!