The Council

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) was first called into being by the German federal government in April 2001. The Council consists of 15 public figures.

The Council is tasked with:

  • generating contributions to the German Sustainable Development Strategy
  • specifying concrete areas of action and projects
  • making sustainability a public issue of vital importance

In selecting the topics it deals with and the forms of action it employs, the Council operates independently. Results of its ongoing work include the Sustainability Code; recommendations regarding the German Sustainable Development Strategy, the global Sustainable Development Goals, climate policy, raw materials policy, fiscal sustainability and organic farming; the civil-society initiatives of Project Sustainability; strategy dialogue with city mayors on sustainable urban development; input from youths and young adults regarding municipal sustainability and German sustainability policy; as well as articles on the subject of a green economy, among other things.

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