Germany publishes second voluntary national review on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; NGOs demand stronger sustainability strategy

In recognition of the annual high political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), the core United Nations platform for follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the German government presented its second voluntary national review (VNR).

The development ministry’s parliamentary state secretary, Maria Flachsbarth, highlighted the Agenda 2030 and its principles as a compass for a sustainable and climate-friendly recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. She emphasized the need for Germany and all countries globally to significantly increase the pace of their social and ecological transition in order to achieve the SDGs.

At the side event on the German VNR, German NGOs acknowledged the steps the German government has taken to facilitate socially and ecologically sustainable policies, especially concerning SDG 17, to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Still, NGOs called for a stricter German sustainability strategy and for more efforts by all political institutions to implement the SDGs. NGOs including UNICEF and VENRO demanded more internationally oriented politics that take into account the negative effects of Germany’s actions on low- and middle-income countries, and a stronger focus on the protection, support, and inclusion of children in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

This next comprehensive update of the German sustainability strategy is planned for 2023-2024.

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Press release – UNICEF (in German)

Press release – VENRO (in German)

Press release – Regionale Netzwerkstellen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie (in German)

Press release – Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklung (in German)