Attendees of Germany’s first-ever national HLPF preparatory meeting 2019 hosted by Federal Minister Schulze and Federal Minister Dr. Mueller. Berlin, 19.06.2019, Copyright: Thomas Koehler/

Berlin, 19 June, 2019 – During a one-day meeting in Berlin, the German SDG community gathered to prepare for the upcoming High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in New York from 9-18 July, 2019. 

The event was kicked off by speeches from the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, Svenja Schulze, and the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, who both emphasized the importance of SDGs for German politics and the tight timeline to achieve this ambitious Agenda.

“We will now roll up our sleeves and act. We means all of us: politics and business, industry and financial markets, states and cities, citizens – nationally and internationally.” – Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety

“Climate change does not stop at borders [..] we have to live up to our global responsibility. We owe it to ourselves, our children and our children’s children.” – Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

After an opening panel, high-ranking representatives of the Federal Government, the Bundestag, and the European Parliament, as well as civil society, private sector representatives, and representatives from the science community discussed key messages to be shared at the upcoming HLPF.

Thereafter, Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) led a plenary discussion on education, democratic institutions, and multilateral cooperation as cornerstones for achieving the Agenda 2030. Panelists included Dr. Marianne Beisheim, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Dr. Luise Steinwachs, deputy chairwoman of the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian aid non-governmental organisations in Germany (VENRO), and Dr. Anne-Maija Mertens, managing director of Transparency International. Within the discussion, they touched upon various SDG related themes such as the role of the education for awareness-raising, the importance of multilateral actions to reach the SDGs, and Germany’s responsibility to sustainable development both at home and abroad. Most importantly, however, all panelists agreed, it is time to stop talking about the SDGs and take action!     

This inaugural German HLPF preparatory meeting was jointly hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and will be repeated on an annual basis. 

Media Wrap-up

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