SDSN Germany

Hosted by:
  • German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
    Bonn, Germany

Since 2014, leading knowledge centers and partners from civil society and the private sector have been working together in SDSN Germany to promote sustainable development in the country and encourage Germany’s commitment to sustainable development in the EU and globally. Going beyond silos, the network creates new forums for dialogue and transdisciplinary cooperation.

Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy

SDSN Germany is actively involved in the institutional architecture for further developing Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy, thus combining academic and scientific debates with governance and implementation. The 2016 overhaul of the strategy brought it in line with the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda. In 2021, its next extensive revision is around the corner. Building on its five structural proposals for this update from March 2020, SDSN Germany published a statement in June 2020 in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic on sustainable development policy in times of crisis.

Digitalization, Finance & Sustainable Development

How can financial innovations, new technologies, and digitalization contribute to financing sustainable development? While the critical role of finance for achieving the SDGs and the climate goals is widely accepted, the role of digitalization for both the finance sector and sustainable development still needs to be further explored. Driving this debate forward was the aim of the high-level conference ‘Connecting the Dots: Digitalization, Finance & Sustainable Development’, which took place in Berlin in January 2020. The conference was organized by the SDSN Germany, the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance (SDFA) and the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs in cooperation with Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

EU Activities

Together with other European SDSNs and the Secretariat of SDSN, SDSN Germany organized a webinar and developed a memo to inform other European SDSNs about the processes, which aim at bringing the European Semester in line with the SDGs. SDSN Germany has also engaged within the 2020 edition of the Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR).

Looking Ahead:

SDSN Germany will continue its work at the science-policy interface regarding processes towards sustainable development. In 2020, the network will support activities in the context of the advancements of Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy, the German EU Council Presidency, the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) and the 75th anniversary of the UN.

The German Development Institute (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. Founded in 1964, DIE’s work is based on the interplay between research, policy advice, and training. DIE is committed to building bridges between theory and practice.