Sustainable out of the Corona Crisis

August 18, 2020

The corona crisis comprehensively covers sustainability in ecological, social and economic dimensions. With its multiple and existentially threatening interactions, it is an alarm signal, also with regard to the urgency of sustainable developments and the implementation of the German Sustainability Strategy (DNS). On the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 (wpn2030), experts highlight gaps in the implementation of sustainability goals and develop recommendations for improvements.

To this end, the wpn2030 creates space for dialogue between actors from science, politics, business and civil society. The content is communicated by the members of the Steering Committee, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany), the German Committee for Sustainability Research in Future Earth (DKN Future Earth) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).

The impulse paper of the wpn2030 comes to 4 recommendations to the German government. "The German Sustainability Strategy DNS should be further developed in order to achieve the best possible social resilience to the threats posed by extreme events," summarizes Markus Reichstein, head of the working group ”Societal resilience and climate extremes” in DKN Future Earth, one of the recommendations. Climatic extreme events, which are expected to occur more frequently in the future due to climate change, are being researched in several working groups at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry.

For politicians, the science platform is a critical and constructive companion, for example by pointing out options for action, contradictions or problematic path dependencies. In the scientific community, it stimulates an increased debate on sustainability issues and sustainability policy, and it identifies urgent research needs.

wpn2030 is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and FONA - Research for Sustainable Development. These institutions, supplemented by the Federal Ministries for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), accompany and support the work of the science platform in a circle open to all federal ministries.

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