Lead and supporting government bodies:
The latest government programme clearly re-affirms the commitment to a national SD strategy (Koalitionsvertrag pp.137/159).
The Federal Chancellery is the lead agency for the NSDS. The State Secretaries' Committee on SD is responsible for its implementation and the updating of its content.
The Sustainable Development strategy was updated in 2017 to incorporate the SDGs. The strategy describes Germany's measures to implement the SDGs and how it will ensure greater policy coherence. It aims to do so on three levels: measures with effect in Germany, measures implemented by Germany with global effects, and measures taken with Germany's help in other countries.
The strategy is updated by the Federal Chancellery every four years.
The priorities of the Federal Government are: intergenerational equity, quality of life, social cohesion and international responsibility.
The strategy comprises long-term quantified targets combined with key indicators – defined for each of the 17 SDGs.
The Government is preparing a review and relaunch of the national SD strategy in 2020, with the political deliberative process beginning in autumn 2019.
For the first time in German federalism the Chancellor and the Prime Ministers of the sixteen German Länder (provinces) agreed to foster cooperation and to advance action on sustainable development (June 2019).
Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals:
Sustainability assessments (mandated by Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries) are a mandatory criterion when assessing the impact of the Federal Government’s proposed laws and regulations.
Every line ministry has nominated a coordinator for Sustainable Development.
The Federal Ministries of the Environment and for Economic Cooperation and Development organises a "dialogue forum on Agenda 2030" which takes place two or three times a year. Stakeholders were consulted in the dialogue forum with the possibility of providing hand-written comments.