Session A-2: Linking UN SDGs and National Sustainable Development Strategies

National implementation strategies are crucial for the success of the SDGs (2030 Agenda). They also define the framework conditions for companies and other relevant stakeholders and could stimulate their activities. In this session we analyze initiatives and activities from three European countries. How do they “translate” the global SDGs into national goals? What processes and measures are they planning? What role for companies? How does this affect the science system and higher education? We are focusing on rich countries and how they understand their responsibility. We want to identify common ground but also understand and learn from different perspectives and approaches. We also discuss and evaluate the prospects of national plans and focus on potential partnerships to support government sustainability policies.

Speakers:

  • Reformulating the German National Sustainable Development Strategy
    Rudi Kurz (Pforzheim University)
  • SDG Implementation in Switzerland – a Regional Policy Perspective
    Werner Hediger (HTW Chur)
  • UK PRME – Working with the Global Compact on the Sustainable Development Goals Carole Parkes (Chair PRME Chapter UK & Ireland, Winchester Business School)

Chair: Rudi Kurz