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Press briefing on the new German Sustainable Development Strategy

On March 10, 2021, the new German Sustainable Development Strategy of the Federal Government was published. For this reason, the Council for Sustainable Development, the German Advisory Council on the Environment, the Science Platform Sustainability 2030, the Scientific Advisory Council on Global Change, the German Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Network Weitblick e.V. organised a press briefing. The briefing under the title „’Jump forward’ or just ‘Continue like this’?” was primarily aimed at media representatives. The general public was also invited to attend the event. More than 270 participants listened to the expert statements on the sustainability strategy. Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Co-chair of SDSN Germany) spoke for SDSN Germany. A key innovation within the Sustainable Development Strategy is the orientation towards so-called turns and levers, which SDSN Germany has brought to the debate through its opinion of March 2020.

The role of the United Nations in times of geopolitical change – possibilities and limits of multilateral cooperation to solve global problems

On March 1, 2021, SDSN Germany organised an event on the role of the United Nations (UN) in times of geopolitical change together with the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the German Society for the United Nations (DGVN). The expert discussion was attended by high-profile personalities from science and politics. Angela Kane (Senior Fellow at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation), Andreas Künne (Ambassador and Representative for the United Nations and Counter-Terrorism at the German Foreign Office), Prof. Dr. Conrad Schetter (Director of the BICC), and Dr. Silke Weinlich (Senior Researcher at DIE) discussed the necessity of the UN, UN reform options, and possible multilateral approaches to solving global problems. The event was moderated by Adolf Kloke-Lesch (Executive Director of SDSN Germany).