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Diplomacy for Sustainability – Today’s deeds are tomorrow’s seeds

14.05.2019 - Article

For the second time, the Federal Foreign Office and 23 international embassies will present their work on the Sustainable Development Goals during the European Sustainable Development Week.

During the European Sustainable Development Week 2019 (ESDW19), the Federal Foreign Office and 23 Berlin-based embassies will present their work on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the title “Diplomacy for Sustainability”.

The Federal Foreign Office will kick off the event with an opening ceremony and welcoming address by Minister of State Niels Annen.

The events

Diplomacy for Sustainability
Diplomacy for Sustainability© AA

A panel discussion by the Czech Embassy will deal with the mutual relationship between peace and democracy; a documentary from New Zealand will focus on the fate of communities on the Pacific shores that are struggling with the effects of climate change; and the Estonian Embassy will examine sustainable architecture as a future model for “Plattenbau” (buildings made of large, prefabricated concrete slabs).

Meanwhile, the Swiss Embassy will take a close look at sustainable chocolate. If you want to do something afterwards for your health as well as your ecological footprint, you are very welcome to join in the Nordic plogging in the Tiergarten, a combination of jogging and picking up rubbish. The week will end with events organised by the Italian Embassy on sustainable food production and by the Romanian Embassy on the ecological footprint of all European countries.  

All events will be attended by guests from the worlds of politics, business, academia and civil society.

Diplomacy for Sustainability once again invites you to take a closer look at ideas from different countries on how to achieve the SDGs. In addition, guests can learn about implementation models for sustainability and the work of the embassies.

Due to the success of last year’s Diplomacy for Sustainability initiative and the active participation by the embassies, the event has been extended by two days this year (from 29 May to 6 June).

The European Sustainable Development Week 2019 (ESDW19)

Photo of the 2018 group
Photo of the 2018 group© AA

The European Sustainable Development Week, which also includes the Diplomacy for Sustainability initiative, has been held each year since 2014.

The week brings together a wide range of activities and events organised by governments, civil society, business and academia in order to promote initiatives around Europe aimed at furthering the cause of sustainable development and achieving the SDGs.

Launched as an initiative by Germany, France and Austria, last year’s ESDW included 34 European countries and more than 6000 local Projects.

ESDW 2019 Poster PDF / 572 KB

ESDW 2019 Flyer PDF / 3 MB

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