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Bonn aiming for more sustainability

In the coming years, the City of Bonn will focus on the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals in its own municipal activities and thus wants to become even more sustainable. Mayor Sridharan and the members of the Administrative Board made this clear at the presentation of the first municipal Sustainability Strategy.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations at a wheel of fortune.

The strategy provides an overarching framework and political guidance for the period up to 2030.

The Council of the City of Bonn adopted the first municipal Sustainability Strategy at the beginning of February. This strategy is Bonn's contribution to the systematic implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as laid down by the United Nations. It was developed over a period of two years in close cooperation with representatives from politics, civil society, science and business. This was followed by a political consultation process lasting several months in which numerous technical committees were involved.

How can the great vision of worldwide sustainable development, to which all member states of the United Nations committed themselves with the adoption of Agenda 2030 on 25 September 2015, be implemented by cities and municipalities here in North Rhine-Westphalia? This was the central question of the pilot project "Globally Sustainable Municipality in NRW", in which the City of Bonn participated. As one of 15 model municipalities, it developed a municipal sustainability strategy under the project. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out in Agenda 2030 are transferred to six thematic areas of municipal action in Bonn. In addition to comprehensive sustainability guidelines describing a scenario for 2030, the strategy contains measures for the next three to five years.

"Bonn is positioning itself as a city that systematically orients its actions towards sustainability and thus makes the city fit for the future. For us, the Sustainability Strategy is the framework for the next eleven years up to the year 2030," emphasizes Mayor Ashok Sridharan. "As a UN City, we are particularly committed to implementing the 17 global sustainability goals in our own municipal activities.” It took a good two years to develop the strategy. The Mayor's thanks go to all colleagues from all six administrative branches who contributed to the strategy, as well as to the project working group with representatives from politics, civil society, science and business.

Bonn SDG Days

The Bonn SDG Days have again been organized by the municipal coordinator for municipal development policy, who is supported by the Service Agency Communities in One World.

In addition to discussions and cultural offerings, a new edition of the popular SDG pub quiz is also planned for 4 June.

From 3 to 5 May, the annual large Rhine in Flames festival featured a large information stand and opportunities to meet the SDGs. The SDG information stand with wheel of fortune has been present at the Democracy Festival on 18 May, the Open Day in the Botanical Gardens on 26 May and the Museum Mile Festival on 1 and 2 June.

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