2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 25 September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a new agenda: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Now, the so called Sustainable Development Goals replace the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The new agenda follows a universal approach and will apply to developing, emerging and developed countries alike. It should also form the basis for a changed global partnership. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals link the principle of sustainability with economic, environmental and social development. For the second time after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, in this agenda, poverty alleviation and sustainability will be merged into one agenda.

The agenda was preceded by an international preparatory process which took more than three years. The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) participated strongly in these important discussions, known as the “post-2015 agenda”. In this context,

DIE has published numerous publications and organized international conferences and events. This special represents the Institute’s latest work on post-2015 and 2030 agenda.

NDC-SDG Connections: A joint initiative of 2030Agenda Project and Klimalog Project together with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).
Explore connections between climate actions and each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: www.NDC-SDG.info

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Cover: The Current Column

Taking stock of 2030 Agenda: are we making progress with integrated implementation?
Janetschek, Hannah / Imme Scholz (2017)
The Current Column of 17 July 2017

NDC / SDG Connections

NDC / SDG Connections: Illuminating synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement


Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals in Germany
Scholz, Imme / Niels Keijzer / Carmen Richerzhagen (2016)
Discussion Paper 13/2016


Here you can find the two speeches of Heinrich Bottermann and Dirk Messner in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

#2030Agenda - Coffee Talk at DIE