Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany

The German Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Germany) was founded in April 2014 by leading German knowledge centres. The network pools knowledge, experience and capacities of German academic, corporate and civil society organisations in order to contribute to the sustainable development of Germany as well as to German efforts for sustainable development across the globe.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has broken new ground in 2015: it comprises universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that go much beyond previous Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) as they address all dimensions of sustainable development in all countries. Germany, too, will have to find solutions for its own future development, and in this sense be a developing country. Therefore, SDSN Germany aims at promoting sustainable development as a guiding principle for politics, business and society with a particular focus on Germany and Europe.

Member organisations of SDSN Germany are at the same time members to the global SDSN. Other organisations and individuals are invited to join the network as partners. Dirk Messner (DIE) and Gesine Schwan (HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform) co-chair the SDSN Germany Leadership Council. The secretariat is hosted by DIE.


SDSN Germany

Political parties: weak point in the sustainability architecture
Kloke-Lesch, Adolf (2017)
The Current Column of 29 May 2017

“Science Platform Sustainability 2030” Launched in Germany
Press Release, 9 May 2017

G20: Sustainably overstrained?
Adolf Kloke-Lesch
D+C, 15 April 2017

Nachhaltigkeitspolitik ist Gesellschaftspolitik: SDSN Germany begrüßt Vorlage der Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie der Bundesregierung
Press release, 11 January 2017

2017: After the magic of beginnings
Kloke-Lesch, Adolf (2016)
The Current Column of 19 December 2016

A European narrative?
Kloke-Lesch, Adolf
The Current Column of 25 May 2015

Towards a “Sustainable Development Union”: why the EU must do more to implement the 2030 Agenda
Hackenesch, Christine / Adolf Kloke-Lesch / Svea Koch / Ingeborg Niestroy / Imme Scholz

Briefing Paper 6/2016

Sustainability standards and sustainable development: synergies and trade offs of transnational governance
Brandi, Clara

Externe Publikationen (2016)

Vom Ergebnis her denken. Deutschland und die Nachhaltigkeitsziele
Adolf Kloke-Lesch
Frankfurter Rundschau, Gastwirtschaft, 8 October 2015

The G20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Reflections on future roles and tasks
Kloke-Lesch, Adolf
Paper prepared for the Third Annual G20 Think Tank Summit "Global Governance and Open Economy"
30 July to 1 August 2015

Nachhaltige Entwicklung in und durch Deutschland
Messner, Dirk / Klaus Töpfer
Verantwortung Zukunft 1/2015
31 March 2015

G7 must embrace strong commitments towards a sustainable and just world
Declaration by SDSN Germany on the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany in June 2015
18 March 2015

Sustainable Development 2015: We Now Need to Maintain the Substance and Head for Implementation
Statement by SDSN Germany

5 November 2014

SDSN Germany: What do we want to achieve in the next two years?
Position Paper

24 October 2014

Project publications

Deep Decarbonization – From Technological Pathways to Societal Transformation. Final synthesis report on the results of a project funded by BMUB and implemented by DIE in cooperation with UNSDSN
Wilfried Lütkenhorst
DIE: Report, 02/2016 (DIE-DDPP project*)

Deep Decarbonization in Germany: A Macro-Analysis of Economic and Political Challenges of the ‘Energiewende’ (Energy Transition)
Kemfert, Claudia / Petra Opitz / Thure Traber / Lars Handrich

DIW Berlin: Policy advice compact 93, 03/2015 (DIE-DDPP project*)

Low-carbon development in sub-Saharan Africa: 20 cross-sector transitions
Hogarth, James Ryan / Caroline Haywood / Shelagh Whitley

ODI: Report, 10/2015 (DIE-DDPP project*)

Pathways to deep decarbonization in South Africa
Altieri, Katye / Hilton Trollip / Tara Caetano / Alison Hughes / Bruno Merven / Harald Winkler

IDDRI, SDSN & ERC: ZA 2015 DDPP Report, 09/2015 (DIE-DDPP project*)

Pathways to deep decarbonization in China
LIU, Qiang / Yi CHEN / Chuan TIAN / Xiaoqi ZHENG / Fei TENG / Alun GU / Xi YANG / Xin WANG

IDDRI, SDSN, SCSC & 3E Tsinghua: CN 2015 DDPP Report, 09/2015 (DIE-DDPP project*)

The political economy of decarbonisation: Exploring the dynamics of South Africa’s electricity sector
Baker, Lucy / Jesse Burton / Catrina Godinho / Hilton Trollip

ERC: Research Report, 11/2015 (DIE-DDPP project*)

Factsheet DDPP
6 January 2016

*The DIE-DDPP project is funded by the BMUB.

Member and partner organisations of SDSN Germany

The G20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How to Strengthen Policy Coherence and Accountability
Marianne Beisheim
SWP-Comments 2017/C 16, May 2017

The 2030 Agenda & Climate Policy and Finance
Arrangement of T20 Policy Briefs
G20 INSIGHTS, 17 March 2017

Challenges for OECD and EU countries increase, while problem-solving abilities are in decline
Schraad-Tischler, Daniel / Schiller, Christof
Bertelsmann Stiftung, 18.08.2016

Universality, Integration, and policy coherence for sustainable development: early SDG implementation in selected OECD countries
Scholz, Imme / O'Connor, David / Mackie, James / Van Esveld, Daphne / Kim, Hoseok / Weitz, Nina
August 2016, World Research Institute (WRI)

From global goals to local action. What's needed to truly localize the SDG's?
Franziska Schreiber (adelphi)
10 August 2016, devex

ICC Germany begrüßt Verabschiedung der SDGs
ICC Germany: 24 September 2015

Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready?
Kroll, Christian (2015)

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Sustainable Governance Indicators) und SDSN // Bertelsmann Foundation (Sustainable Governance Indicators) and SDSN

Development will be in the centre of 2015 – will it be universal or national?
Scholz, Imme (2015)

DIE: The Current Column of 12 January 2015

Ein Review-Mechanismus für die Post-2015-Ziele nachhaltiger Entwicklung: Vorschläge zu seiner Ausgestaltung
Beisheim, Marianne (2014)

SWP: Studie 2014/S 16

Post 2015: Enter the UN General Assembly – Harnessing Sustainable Development Goals for an Ambitious Global Development Agenda
Bauer, Steffen / Ines Dombrowsky / Imme Scholz (2014)

Briefing Paper 12/2014

Mehr Innovation und Radikalität für neue Ziele: Die Schwächen der Post-2015-Entwicklungsagenda
Unmüßig, Barbara (2014)

Heinrich Böll Stiftung:  January 2015 (first published in W&E 11- 12/2014)

SDGS need Priorities and a stronger Science Base
von Braun, Joachim / Anna-Katharina Hornidge et. al. (2014)

ZEF: Annual Report 2013/2014

Perspektiven unternehmerischer Verantwortung
Hüther, Michael (2014)

DNWE: Forum Wirtschaftsethik Online Vol. 4/2014

Impulse für ein nachhaltiges NRW. Nachhaltiger Konsum von Kindern und Jugendlichen – Eine Frage der Kompetenz
Riedel, Henrik (2014)

Bertelsmann Stiftung: 5 November 2014

SDSN global

SDSN Networks Brochure 30 May 2016

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: 2014 Report
19 September 2014

Indicators and a monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs
25 July 2014

An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development
Updated on 5 May 2014

Regional and national SDSNs

Goals for a sustainable Australia
SDSN Australia/Pacific

15 August 2014


Leadership Council

Jun.-Prof. Jan Börner, Centre for Development Research (ZEF)

Prof. Joachim Fetzer, German Business Ethnics Netword (DNWE)

Dr. Maja Göpel, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Prof. Mark Lawrence, Institute für Advanced Sustainability Studies

Prof. Hermann Lotze-Campen, Potsdam Institute für Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Prof. Dirk Messner, German Development Institute (DIE) [Co-Chair]

Klaus Milke, Germanwatch

Sabine Nallinger, Stiftung 2° - Deutsche Unternehmer für den Klimaschutz

Max Schön, Unternehmer/Club of Rome Deutschland

Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan, HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform [Co-Chair]

Prof. Martin Visbeck, Kiel Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean"

Extended Leadership Council (PDF)



Mitglieder -und Partnerversammlung
4. Deutsche SDSN-Versammlung
26 October 2017

Gremiensitzung SDSN Germany
6. Erweiterter Lenkungsausschuss
27 September 2017

Interactive Business Dinner
Transformative businesses for sustainable societies: Sharing German and international experiences
Berlin, 30 May 2017
(By invitation only)

Bonn, 12 May 2017 - 13 May 2017

13. BMBF-Forum für Nachhaltigkeit
„Was tun mit der Agenda 2030!“
09.-10.05.2017, Berlin

Panel discussion
Fostering multilateralism: The role of the G20
Bonn, 16 February 2017

Gremiensitzung SDSN-Germany
5. Erweiterter Lenkungsausschuss

Berlin, 17 January 2017

Bonn Symposium 2016
Leaving no one behind - Agenda 2030: a social policy mandate for local level
Bonn, 24-25 November 2016

Mitglieder -und Partnerversammlung
3. Deutsche SDSN-Versammlung
Berlin, 3 November 2016

Transcultural Leadership Summit
14-15 October 2016, Friedrichshafen

Gremiensitzung SDSN Germany
4. Erweiterter Lenkungsausschuss
Berlin, 7 September2016

Global Media Forum
Decarbonizing power - the politics and economics of phasing out fossil fuels

Bonn, 15 June 2016

How To Make SDGs Europe’s Business. A Multi-Stakeholder Approach
Brussels, 30-31 May 2016
Conference Summary

Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: natural resources and sustainable consumption and production
Berlin, 2 until 4 May 2016

Global Goals Curriculum - Konferenz für die Zukunft des Lernens
Berlin, 4 until 6 May 2016

Gremiensitzung SDSN-Germany
3. Erweiterter Lenkungsausschuss
Berlin, 14 April 2016

Mitglieder- und Partnerversammlung
2. Deutsche SDSN-Versammlung
Berlin, 05 November 2015

SDSN Germany Cooperation
DNWE Business-Ethics-Summit 2015
Frankfurt a.M., 02 October 2015

Expert Conference
Zwischenstopp Addis – Auf dem Weg zu neuen Nachhaltigkeitszielen
20 June - 1 July 2015

Weltweite Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung – Chance und Herausforderung für Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft in Deutschland
30 June 2015

Europe and the Post 2015 Development Agenda: Shaping effective follow up, review and accountability mechanisms
29 - 30 June 2015

European Sustainable Development Week
Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien - Unsere Zukunft erfolgreich gestalten
2 June 2015

DDPP Dialogue
Die politische Ökonomie der deutschen Energiewende – Lehrstück für die weltweite Klimapolitik?
20 May 2015

Translating the SDGs into national and sub-national strategies
13 May 2015

Fireside Chat
Are research and teaching active enough to tackle the big sustainability issues of the 21st century?
12 May 2015

Future Ocean – Kiel Marine Sciences
Ocean Sustainability Science Symposium
Kiel, 4 - 6 March 2015

Public Lecture
Enabling Sustainable Urban Growth. Implementing more effective, efficient and equitable urban solutions
Bonn, 11 February 2015

SDSN Germany Round Table
Framing a long-term response to climate finance – What can we expect the Green Climate Fund to deliver?
Berlin, 20 November 2014

DIE-ZEF Public Lecture
Leaving no one behind: Why human rights matter for the post-2015 agenda

Bonn, 3 September 2014

Public Panel Discussion
The German "Energiewende" in the global context: lessons and pitfalls for low-carbon transformation

Berlin, 4 March 2014

Public Panel Discussion
New pathways towards global sustainability: How can politics, business and science come together?

Berlin, 19 March 2013


The Political Economy of Deep Decarbonisation Pathways

Call for papers: SDSN Germany, SDSN global, KIW and ZEF are working on a special edition for the Economic E-Journal. Papers on the topic “The Sustainable Development Goals – Assessing interlinkages, trade-offs and synergies for policy design” will be accepted until 30 September 2017.

Press Releases


Adolf Kloke-Lesch
Executive Director
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Anna Schwachula
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Janina Sturm

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Office Management
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SDSN Germany Projects


Cover: The Current Column

Political parties: weak point in the sustainability architecture
Kloke-Lesch, Adolf (2017)
The Current Column of 29 May 2017

Save the date

The 4th assembly of SDSN partners and members will take place on 26 Oktober 2017. More information will follow soon.

Call for Papers

Papers for the Economic E-Journal’s special edition on the topic “The Sustainable Development Goals – Assessing interlinkages, trade-offs and synergies for policy design” will be accepted until 30 September 2017.