A particular focus of the directors’ work in November was the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its implementation. Dr Axel Berger, Deputy Director (interim) of IDOS, and Prof. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of IDOS, have been actively involved in events.
Looking at the sobering mid-term review of the 2030 Agenda, whose 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be implemented by 2030, Dr Axel Berger, Deputy Director of IDOS and Managing Director of SDSN Germany, took part in an event organised by RENN.west (Regional Network Centres for Sustainability Strategies) on 7 November 2023 on the integrated implementation of the Agenda through sustainability strategies. On 9 November 2023, he joined the networking meeting of the Agenda 2030 Municipalities Club in Mannheim City Hall.
At both events, Axel Berger gave keynote speeches on the mid-term review of the 2030 Agenda. He emphasised that spillover effects jeopardise the integrated and global implementation of the Agenda and must be better addressed in the further development of Germany’s Sustainable Development Strategy. In addition, he pointed the role of the national and municipal levels in driving forward transformative policies and initiatives to achieve the SDGs. While the local and municipal levels are essential for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, global partnerships can and must make an important contribution to sustainable transformation.
Prof. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of IDOS, spoke at the opening event of the lecture series organised by GIZ and Engagement Global on the topic of „Global partnerships – the key to sustainability“. In a hybrid event moderated by Clara Drammeh, she reflected together with Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chairman of the GIZ Management Board, on the potential of global partnerships for achieving the SDGs. Anna-Katharina Hornidge pointed out that a deepening crisis of confidence in the Global South vis-à-vis the „West“ and a noticeable „southernisation“ of the multilateral system present new challenges but also new opportunities for shaping global partnerships. It is therefore particularly important to promote reciprocal cooperation formats between various actors.