On 25 September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a new agenda: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Core of the Agenda is a bold catalogue of 17 goals for sustainable development (SDGs), which takes into account all three dimensions of sustainability - social issues, environment, and economy - for the first time. The ambitions of the 2030 Agenda are universal and therefore apply to all countries likewise.
The Agenda creates the basis for a changed global partnership. For the second time after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, poverty alleviation and sustainability are merged into one agenda. Germany implements it through its National Strategy for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2017. The agenda was elaborated in a participatory international process under the UN, which took more than three years.
The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) participated in the debates around this process, in which the development community focused on what should come after the Millennium Development Goals ("post-2015 agenda"). DIE has published widely around the UN process as well as on how Germany and the EU implement the Agenda, and organized international conferences and events. This special represents the Institute's work on the 2030 Agenda as well as our recent assessments of it and our research on the various implementation processes