German-French Sustainability Dialog


The “German-French Sustainability Dialog 2.0 – Thinking ahead for the future“ is a cooperation project of the ASKO Europa-Stiftung foundation, the Franco-German University, Saarbrücken and the Centre Ernst Robert Curtius (CERC) of the University of Bonn.

Due to the positive response to the inaugural event, the foundation is striving to institutionalize the "German-French Sustainability Dialog". In bilateral and international workshops and conferences, climate change, biodiversity, global health and the perspective of a sustainable energy supply will continue to be discussed in a controversial and solution-oriented manner. In the meantime, it has been possible to establish a link with the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a follow-up event on Sustainable Development Goal 11 "Sustainable Cities and Towns", in particular "Sustainable Urban Development", has already been initiated for 2023.

German-French Sustainability Dialog 2.0 – Thinking ahead for the future

The on-site Dialog was the first of a (planned) series of events and took place on October 28 and 29, 2021, at the Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliches Palais) in Bonn with a total of 100 participants from Germany and France.
On the first day, scientists and experts from renowned organizations, universities and NGOs from Germany and France entered into an interdisciplinary exchange.

Three working groups dealt with the topics “Fair energy transition and sustainable mobility”, “Global Health” and “Climatic change and biodiversity” and examined important issues from a French and German point of view respectively, such as: What is the impact of climate change and intensified land use on the resilience of ecological and social systems? How can natural risks and natural disasters be reduced, both technically and socially? What does energy justice look like in practice?

In a panel discussion on the following day, the discussion contents and results from the working groups were presented and three central demands to science, society and politics were formulated:

  • The opening of debates on climate change between science and politics to civil society.
  • The improvement of knowledge transfer and communication on the challenges of sustainability.
  • The creation of a binding legal framework for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Live recordings from 29 October 2021 on youtube: