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30.05.2018 - Article

The Federal Foreign Office and European embassies in Berlin are presenting their SDG priorities during the European Sustainable Development Week.

European Sustainable Development Week
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The Federal Foreign Office and ten European embassies are presenting their work to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the European Sustainable Development Week 2018 (ESDW18) under the title Diplomacy for Sustainability. The Federal Foreign Office will kick off the proceedings with an opening event and welcome by Christophe Eick, Federal Foreign Office Coordinator for Sustainable Development.

The events

The Federal Foreign Office and ten European embassies are presenting their work to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the European Sustainable Development Week 2018 (ESDW18) under the title Diplomacy for Sustainability. The Federal Foreign Office will kick off the proceedings with an opening event and welcome by Christophe Eick, Federal Foreign Office Coordinator for Sustainable Development.
The events

The events comprise a broad range of issues and formats. A panel discussion hosted by the Nordic embassies will focus on renewable energies, while a documentary film will tell viewers more about Hungary’s unique moorlands. In addition, the Estonian Embassy will examine environmental pollution in the Baltic Sea and the Swiss Embassy will crown Germany’s Next Sustainable Development Geek during a light hearted contest. Talks on corporate sustainability at the Polish Embassy and an exclusive screening of the final episode of the “Blue Planet II” series at the British Embassy will conclude the week. All of the events will be attended by numerous guests from the worlds of politics, business, academia and civil society.

Diplomacy for Sustainability therefore invites visitors to attend a range of events in order to gain an insight into efforts to implement the SDGs at national level. Furthermore, visitors will be able to gain an overview of Europe’s implementation models for sustainability and will have an opportunity to look behind the scenes of the work done by embassies. The full programme is available at http://t1p.de/mq5w. The programme also includes contact information for registering for the events. Sign up now!

European Sustainable Development Week 2018 (ESDW18)

European Sustainable Development Week, which also includes the Diplomacy for Sustainability initiative, has taken place annually from 30 May to 5 June since 2014. The week brings together a wide range of activities and events by governments, civil society, business and academia in order to promote initiatives to further the cause of sustainable development and achieve the SDGs. Starting life as an initiative by Germany, France and Austria, 31 European countries with more than 4000 local projects are taking part in ESDW18.

Overview of the events:

30 May, 2 p.m.                      Federal Foreign Office: Opening event at the International Club

30 May, 4 p.m.                      Iceland: Energy #SDG7

31 May, 9.30 a.m.                  Nordic embassies: Urban Development #SDG11

31 May, 3 p.m.                      Denmark: Clean energy @ #SDG7

31 May, 6 p.m.                      Hungary: Biodiversity #SDG15

1 June, 11.30 a.m.                  Switzerland: Germany’s Next SD Geek game – all #SDGs

1 June, 4 p.m.                        Estonia: Environment in the Baltic Sea #SDG14

4 June, 3 p.m.                        Poland: Sustainable Polish companies #SDG9

5 June, 3.30 p.m.                   UK: Combating illegal wildlife trade #SDG15

5 June, 6 p.m.                        UK: BBC “Blue Planet” film screening #SDG14

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