2030 Agenda

With the adoption in 2015 of the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations created the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which serve as our global framework for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda promotes and frames important discussions about how we can make the world more sustainable for people, the planet and our shared prosperity.

For the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, there are important points of overlap with the topics and sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda. Taking up these topics, the 2030 Agenda department aims to make a contribution to the current debate on sustainable development by way of analysis and consulting.

The topics covered include the sustainable use of natural resources as a basis for life and a prerequisite for prosperity for present and future generations. Global warming, the growing world population and the loss of biodiversity are enormous challenges to which government and business must find answers. That is why we are working on policy solutions that will facilitate modern, reliable and cost-effective provision of energy, water and food in Germany, Europe and worldwide. To this end, we look comprehensively at all the relevant domains, taking into account not only the different capacities and prerequisites of individual countries and regions, but also those of urban versus rural areas.

Developing interdisciplinary solutions and strengthening multilateral cooperation is also a key challenge in the area of global health – and it is another of the main topics of the Agenda 2030 department. Promoting access to health care worldwide is a priority of the German government. Our work makes an important contribution to the discussion of how Germany can assume global responsibility in this regard.

On the topic of development policy, we address, among other things, the issue of sustainability in global supply chains and value creation chains. Our focus here is on the tension between political responsibility, corporate duty of care and economic competitiveness and the conflicting goals to which it gives rise. We contribute to the current political debates on sustainable consumption and production: among other things, by bringing in perspectives from the global partner networks that we cultivate with the help of our offices abroad.


Monitor publication series

The Monitor publication series deals with various priority topics. Particularly relevant for our department are the main topics of sustainability and development policy, on which numerous publications have already appeared.



Team member

Veronika Ertl

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Leiterin des Regionalprogramms Energiesicherheit und Klimawandel Naher Osten und Nordafrika

veronika.ertl@kas.de +49 30 26996-3821
Team member

Gisela Elsner

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Global Sustainability

gisela.elsner@kas.de +49 30 26996-3759
Team member

André Algermißen

Algermissen, Andre

Climate, Agriculture and Environment

andre.algermissen@kas.de +49 30 26996-3945

María Soledad Alvarez-Woischnik

Soledad Alvarez-Woischnik kas


soledad.alvarez-woischnik@kas.de +49 30 26996 - 3903

Publications to the topic

EU-Gesundheitspolitik REUTERS / Dado Ruvic
Europa als Globaler Gesundheitsakteur – mit Gesundheitspolitik zu neuen Partnerschaften
Diskussionsveranstaltung mit ausgewählten europäischen Institutionen und dem Deutschen Bundestag
Grüne Gentechnik in der Landwirtschaft: Wundermittel oder Mogelpackung?
Globale Gesundheit vor dem Abstieg in die Zweitklassigkeit? (Symbolbild) mrmohock, stock.adobe.com
Global health facing relegation to second-class status?
Dwindling attention, strong competition and limited resources add up to serious concerns going forward into the new (budget) season
Kreislaufwirtschaft: Nachhaltigkeitsmotor für Europa und Lateinamerika?
Näherinnen und Näher in einer Textilfabrik in Asien | © Foto: Odua Images, stock.adobe.com Odua Images, stock.adobe.com
Unternehmerische Sorgfaltspflichten in globalen Lieferketten
Unternehmensperspektiven aus Asien zum deutschen Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz
Coverbild Monitor Planetare Gesundheit pixabay/ geralt
Planetary Health
Interface Between Climate and Health
Andreas Jung MdB
„Nachhaltigkeit ist unser Ding!“
Ein Navigator für den Wandel durch Innovation
Ukraine Flagge Weizen Pixabay / dandelion_tea
A turning point for sustainability?
Impact of the war in Ukraine
Neue multilaterale Entwicklungsbanken als Eckpfeiler chinesischer Großmachtpolitik KAS Peking
New Kids on the Block: AIIB und NDB
New Multilateral Development Banks: A Cornerstone of Chinese Superpower Politics?
Logo und Schriftzug der COP26 World Meteorological Organization / flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/
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. 
A&A_Header_Wertschöpfung istockphoto.com/wenmei Zhou
Globale Wertschöpfungsketten
Reformbedarfe und Möglichkeiten
Blick in den Wald Oliver Henze / flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
Sustainable forest management
Sustainable forest management protects the most important ecosystem services in the forest and enables adaptation to climate change.
Eine Hilfslieferung mit Impfstoff aus China erreicht den Flughafen in Damaskus, Syrien | Bild: reuters/Yamam al Shaar reuters/Yamam al Shaar
A Double-Edged Chinese Sword
China’s Development Cooperation as a Challenge and an Opportunity
Bild Pixabay Biodiversität Wald Pixabay
Biodiversität und Soziale Marktwirtschaft
Wie eine wettbewerbsfähige Land- und Forstwirtschaft dem effektiven Artenschutz dienen kann
Klimaschutz global Olearys / flickr / CC BY 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Climate Protection made in Karlsruhe
The Federal Constitutional Court as an International Trendsetter?
Ein Schiff wird im Abendlicht mit Containern beladen Jaxport / flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/
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
Landwirtschaft nachhaltiger gestalten Александр Катаржин / stock.adobe.com
Landwirtschaft nachhaltiger gestalten
Ein Plädoyer für die Agroforstwirtschaft
UNICEF Ethiopia UNICEF Ethiopia / flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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
Sustainable Development Goals Vereinte Nationen
German Sustainability Strategy 2021
Are we on the right track?
Coverbild Klimapartnerschaften PublicDomainPictures, Pixabay
Klimapartnerschaften als Baustein einer strategischen Außenpolitik
In vielen Schwellenländern gibt es Potenzial, Treibhausgas-Emissionen zu reduzieren. Klimapartnerschaften bieten sich hierbei als Instrument an