THE ‘GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY’: A PILOT PROJECT FOR THE LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION OF GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY GOALS
On 22 March 2018, the closing event of a model project took place in Bonn – a project that is unique Europe-wide. The city of Bonn had taken part in this two-year project for the local implementation of global sustainability goals along with fifteen other North Rhine-Westphalian model communities.
All pilot municipalities developed a sustainability strategy under this project in the context of the United Nations' Agenda 2030. The final event was hosted by the state working group Agenda 21 NRW, in cooperation with the Service Agency Communities in One World / Engagement Global. Bonn's Mayor Ashok Sridharan spoke at the opening of the event, which was attended by mayors of the participating model municipalities and experts from North Rhine-Westphalia.
The participating municipalities reflected on the work that had been completed under the biennial project and presented their results. In addition, the special opportunities and challenges of implementing Agenda 2030 at municipal level were discussed. Moreover, all participating municipalities were honored for their contribution to the global development agenda with a ceremonial presentation of certificates.
"The Global Sustainable Community project has led us to start a truly comprehensive strategic process to promote sustainable action in our city," stated Mayor Sridharan. As a result of this project, the City of Bonn has made an extensive inventory of its sustainability activities, incorporating them into a strategic approach. Existing modules were brought together and supplemented by further measures. In the two-year process, colleagues from all departments of the city administration worked closely together. They were supported by numerous actors from civil society, business, science and politics. Bonn's Sustainability Strategy is to be adopted by the Bonn City Council in the summer of 2018.
The ‘Global Sustainable Community in NRW’ pilot project
As part of the project ‘Global Sustainable Community in North Rhine-Westphalia’ (GNK NRW), 15 municipalities and districts in NRW developed a sustainability strategy in the context of the UN sustainability goals until March 2018. These are the world's first municipalities to break down Agenda 2030 to the local level and develop their own integrated sustainability strategy with concrete objectives for sustainable development in their municipality.
The implementation of Agenda 2030 at national, state and local level
At the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted with the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The 17 main objectives of the SDGs form a common reference framework for all member states and also guide action in Germany for the federal, state and local governments.
The SDGs form the central basis for the new edition of the German Sustainability Strategy of 2016, and North Rhine-Westphalia was the first German federal state to commit itself to implementing the SDGs with the NRW Sustainability Strategy, which was also adopted in 2016. Bonn’s local Sustainability Strategy will be adopted in mid-2018.
Learn more: https://www.lag21.de/projekte/details/global-nachhaltige-kommune/