Sustainability Monitor

How can innovation be made sustainable?

In order to achieve sustainability, we need more, quicker and better innovations.

One of the key concerns of any society is to be future-proof. At the various levels of politics, there is a debate over which decisions need to be made today in order to maintain what has been achieved and how to initiate the required developments. The central question here is what preconditions does sustainable innovation need?

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Planetary Health

Interface Between Climate and Health

This edition of “Monitor Sustainability” is dedicated to the 2022 Geneva Health Forum. Experts were searching for appropriate strategies to counter the negative effects of climate change on human health. The main theme of the conference was “Covid-19 Pandemic and Environmental Emergency: Reinventing Global Health in Times of Global Changes".

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A turning point for sustainability?

Impact of the war in Ukraine

Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine is triggering a recalibration of security and foreign policy in Germany and the EU. There is also a shift in areas of sustainable development, such as climate protection, the supply of energy, the environment, agriculture, food, global health, and development cooperation. Our Monitor outlines the impact that this war of aggression is having on these issues and offers a preliminary conclusion.

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COP26: A Small Step Forward on Climate Protection

The outcomes of COP26: a spirit of optimism on the global carbon markets and unresolved questions around climate finance. 

COP26 took place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Expectations were high, because in the run-up to the conference there were signs of a growing social awareness of climate change. The background for this is formed by visible climate catastrophes and the constantly improving findings of climate science. Our Sustainability Monitor analyses the results of COP26.

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Sustainable forest management

Sustainable forest management protects the most important ecosystem services in the forest and enables adaptation to climate change.

Forests are recreational areas, provide diverse ecosystem services and are considered to be an important economic factor with diverse income opportunities. The condition of our forests is worrying: storms, forest fires, bark beetle infestations and the droughts of recent years have affected them. What can sustainable forest management look like against the background of increased expectations of environmental and climate protection?

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Climate Protection made in Karlsruhe

The Federal Constitutional Court as an International Trendsetter?

The Climate Decision has attracted widespread international attention. To secure future freedom, the German state needs to pursue an internationally oriented climate protection policy with the goal of climate neutrality. International obligations from the Paris Climate Agreement and scientific findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) play a central role in the climate protection obligations that the Federal Constitutional Court has been drawn from the Basic Law.

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International Trade and Sustainability

In terms of sustainability, global trade is already better than its reputation suggests – but a clear set of rules can further improve this

The concept of sustainability encompasses the dimensions of ecology, economy and social issues in a holistic way. International trade, too, can hardly be viewed separately from issues of sustainability. If the effects are viewed spatially on a local, regional and global level, international trade with a focus on the social and ecological dimension appears to be advantageous overall, but there is a need for action with regard to the ecological dimension.

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Where We Are with Tackling the Pandemic on World Health Day 2021

With its motto „Building a fairer, healthier world“, the WHO advocates more equity in access to health care

In addition to millions of people who were killed by the COVID-19 pandemic or who were infected with the virus, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund estimate that the economic and social consequences of the crisis will also be immense.

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German Sustainability Strategy 2021

Are we on the right track?

The update of the German Sustainability Strategy (DNS) was published on March 10, 2021 and comes at an important time. The key document for Germany's sustainability policy must be measured by whether, under pandemic conditions, the implementation of the 17 sustainability goals (SDGs) can still be successful by 2030.

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About this series

The publications of the Sustainability Monitor are part of our Monitor publication series. The Monitor series deals with one main topic at a time from the perspective of KAS experts and places it in the political and social context on the basis of a few key points.