In September 2015, the UN Member States adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the so-called 2030 Agenda – they link economic, social and environmental issues, apply to all countries equally and need tob e implemented in line with existing human rights obligations. In Germany, the SDGs are to be implemented by adapting the National Sustainability Strategy of 2002 and its indicators. It can build on the strategy´s three bodies: the Committee of State Secretaries, the Parliamentarian Council for Sustainable Development and the Council for Sustainable Development.
German Institute for Human Rights (2015): "Germany´s 2016 Report to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Comments by the German Institute for Human Rights"
Julia Kercher/Claudia Mahler (2015): Sustainable Development Goals - an opportunity for the realisation of human rights in and by Germany
German Institute for Human Rights (2015): Are the SDGs relevant for Germany? - Comparing the SDGs with UN Human Rights treaty body recommendations provides important clues
Press Release of 27 September 2015: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte begrüßt menschenrechtsbasierte UN-Nachhaltigkeitsziele (German only)
Danish Institute for Human Rights (2015): Realizing rights through the sustainable development goals: The role of national human rights institutions
Center for Economic and Social Rights (2015): The Measure of Progress: how human rights should inform the SDG indicators
Dr. Claudia Mahler
Senior Policy Adviser
Project "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights"
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 125