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Municipalities declare commitment to 17 Sustainable Development Goals

In the "Bonn Pact Municipal Agenda 2030", many German cities, districts and municipalities declare their commitment to sustainable action and the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the United Nations. The paper was published on Wednesday, July 7, 2020, as a follow-up to the Federal Conference on Municipal Development Policy, for which the City of Bonn was a co-host.

The pact's ambitious goal: "We aim for 90 percent of people in Germany to live in an 'Agenda 2030 municipality' by 2030," said David Linse, Head of Department for International Affairs, Europe and Protocol at the City of Mannheim and Chairman of the Program Advisory Board of the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW). The number of cities and municipalities that are actively committed to implementing the SDGs in SKEW projects is to increase specifically to 2030.

The "Bonn Pact Municipal Agenda 2030" was developed in a participatory process in parallel to the Federal Conference on Municipal Development Policy in Bonn (Buko) from June 14 to 16, 2021. All participating representatives from municipalities were able to help shape the pact at workshops and by means of submissions. In the process, not only topics but also concrete proposals were developed on how to meet global challenges in terms of municipal policy. 

"Municipalities are central co-designers for the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Together, we are ready to take a pioneering role on the home stretch of the SDGs. Strategic collaborations with civil society, educational institutions and business play an important role in this," emphasizes Katja Dörner, Mayor of the City of Bonn and co-host of Buko.

The Bonn Pact was presented to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) by David Linse on behalf of the participating municipalities. The document comes at an important political time, as there will soon be not only a new federal government, but also a new leadership in the relevant ministry. "I hope that the BMZ will take the paper into account in the strategy processes currently underway. If things go well, there will also be new programs and measures for local authorities in the future that are derived from this pact," Linse said.

The "Bonn Pact Municipal Agenda 2030" and a background interview with David Linse are available on the  SKEW website (opens in a new tab)

Background Service Agency Communities in One World

The Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW), based in Bonn, is a division of Engagement Global. It is the competence center for municipal development policy in Germany. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, it has been available to municipalities as a service and advisory facility since 2001. The service center advises, promotes and informs on its future topics: Globally Sustainable Communities (GNC), migration and development at the municipal level, fair trade and fair procurement, municipal partnerships and international municipal relations in the field of development policy.

Agenda 2030 was adopted by the United Nations in 2015 and provides a framework for sustainable development. The Agenda formulates 17 Sustainable Development Goals, each addressing economic, social and technological aspects.

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