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Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany

IRF will take part in a conference in Berlin on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

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IRF will be a joint partner in a conference taking place in Berlin from 2-4 May on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a special focus on new partnerships for a universal, transformative 2030 Agenda.

Jump Starting the SDGs in Germany: natural resources and sustainable consumption and production is being organised by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Institute for Advances Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam.

Måns Nilsson from IRF partner, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) will speak on the role of non-government partnerships and initiatives: learning from promising examples; and Masego Madzwamuse from IRF partner, the Open Society for Southern Africa (OSISA) will talk about non-governmental expectations.

Learning between countries

The conference organisers say that learning between countries will be an essential element of the 2030 Agenda, with new partnerships necessary at all levels and including a wide range of stakeholders. This will include emerging and existing initiatives providing strategies for effective implementation.

There will also be a focus on the role of natural resources, including fertile soils, healthy ecosystems and safe drinking water – and the related issues of sustainable production and consumption, particularly in the key areas of food and energy.

While developed countries were expected to take the lead on these issues during the negotiations on the SDGs, the conference will take a wider perspective, looking at the impacts of consumption and production in a globalised economy.

Keynote speeches will be given by Günther Bachmann, the general secretary of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), David Nabarro, a special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (tbc) and Abir Ghattas, an activist, blogger and digital communication strategist.