In September 2015, heads of state and government at the UN Summit in New York adopted the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development comprising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ground-breaking aspect of Agenda 2030 is that it explicitly links economic, social and environmental development goals for the first time and combines poverty alleviation and sustainability. Its 17 goals go far beyond the millennium development goals, which expired at the end of 2015, and they also apply equally to all countries.
In addition, the Financing for Development (FfD) conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 created a global framework for financing sustainable development and in December 2015 a new global climate agreement was adopted in Paris. Furthermore, the German Government used its presidency of the G7 to drive forward these agendas.
The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is the new overarching framework for international cooperation and provides a path forward for national and international sustainable development policy. Agenda 2030 will be implemented using a multi-stakeholder approach through a new global partnership involving all relevant stakeholders (governments, private sector, civil society and the UN system).
There are a number of reasons why GIZ is a key partner in implementing Agenda 2030: it has extensive international experience and contacts in emerging economies and developing and industrialised countries, it has advised BMZ and other German ministries on international negotiation processes (G7 summits, FfD conference, UN Summit on Agenda 2030, Climate Conference), and it is well positioned to deal with the issues involved in the SDG system.
In the light of Agenda 2030‘s global character, GIZ is able to create stronger connections in its programmes between its activities and results in partner countries and in Germany (national sustainability strategy). Linking the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability is crucial to the implementation of Agenda 2030.