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SDGs and their significance for municipalities

As part of its 2030 Agenda, enacted in 2015, the United Nations determined 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

In 2017, the German Government decided to systematically continue the development of Germany’s sustainability strategy (previously known as the “National Sustainability Strategy”) in alignment with the SDGs. Furthermore, most German Federal States also started or continued to develop sustainability strategies that, at least in part, are oriented towards the SDGs. A growing number of German municipalities are now working on sustainability concepts with the aim of contributing to the implementation of global sustainability goals.

All in all, municipalities play a pivotal role in the implementation of 2030 Agenda with its 17 SDGs. Cities, counties and municipalities can make contributions for all 17 SDGs, even if this does not always include all sub-goals and / or partial goals.