Bonn’s first Sustainability Strategy was adopted by the City Council in February 2019. This strategy is Bonn’s contribution to a systematic implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The municipal Sustainability Strategy was drafted in a two-year participatory process, involving political representatives and stakeholders from civil society, academia and economy. It was debated over several months in the political bodies of the city including twelve council boards, given the cross-cutting relevance of this wide ranging strategy.
17 Goals until 2030
The strategy provides an overarching framework and political guidance for the period up to 2030.
The Council of the City of Bonn adopted the first municipal Sustainability Strategy in February 2019. This strategy is Bonn's contribution to the systematic implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as laid down by the United Nations. It was developed over a period of two years in close cooperation with representatives from politics, civil society, science and business. This was followed by a political consultation process lasting several months in which numerous technical committees were involved.
How can the great vision of worldwide sustainable development, to which all member states of the United Nations committed themselves with the adoption of Agenda 2030 on 25 September 2015, be implemented by cities and municipalities here in North Rhine-Westphalia? This was the central question of the pilot project "Globally Sustainable Municipality in NRW", in which the City of Bonn participated. As one of 15 model municipalities, it developed a municipal sustainability strategy under the project. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out in Agenda 2030 are transferred to six thematic areas of municipal action in Bonn. In addition to comprehensive sustainability guidelines describing a scenario for 2030, the strategy contains measures for the next three to five years.
"Bonn is positioning itself as a city that systematically orients its actions towards sustainability and thus makes the city fit for the future. For us, the Sustainability Strategy is the framework for the next eleven years up to the year 2030," emphasizes Mayor Ashok Sridharan. "As a UN City, we are particularly committed to implementing the 17 global sustainability goals in our own municipal activities.” It took a good two years to develop the strategy. The Mayor's thanks go to all colleagues from all six administrative branches who contributed to the strategy, as well as to the project working group with representatives from politics, civil society, science and business.