Check Against Delivery
As we are starting into the Decade of Action and Delivery for accelerated
implementation of the 2030 Agenda, we all need to scale up our efforts to achieve
the SDGs until 2030!
Because of COVID-19, already more than 500.000 people have lost their lives. The
pandemic brought large sectors of industry to a standstill. It affects particularly
vulnerable groups around the world.
Combating the pandemic, saving lives, and protecting health are top priority. But our
response cannot stop there. Increased efforts towards sustainable development will
make our societies more resilient to COVID-19 and future crises. Therefore, we
unremittingly need to address growing inequalities, the destruction of nature and the
In 2015, we achieved consensus on
the need for a transformation of our societies to sustainable development and
the decarbonization of our economies.
During the last years, the sense of urgency to act on climate change and for a more
sustainable world has been building up. Healthy and resilient societies depend on
social cohesion, inclusive economies and giving nature the space it needs.
We know: The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement serve as our compass out of
As the G20 Finance Ministers recently stated: “We commit to support an
environmentally sustainable and inclusive recovery. We will be guided by a sense of
shared, long-term responsibility for our planet and citizens consistent with the 2030
Agenda, our national and local development strategies, and relevant international
Especially against the background of the pandemic, the focus of this year’s High-
Level Political Forum (HLPF) on accelerated action and transformative pathways is
In the next months it will be essential to ensure at the international level that our
programmes and policies in response to the crisis are socially, economically and
ecologically sustainable. They should be designed to make our societies “futureproof”
and our economies climate-neutral and resilient, sustainable, inclusive and
Instead of falling behind in the implementation of the SDGs, we must think about
how we restart our economies in a way that will accelerate implementation.
Germany is committed to a green and better recovery after COVID-19, oriented
towards sustainable development, including climate and biodiversity protection at
national, European and international level. Recovery policies also need to take the
specific impact of the COVID-19 crisis on different groups of society, such as older
persons, children, families and not least women and girls into account. Germany is
committed to policies that work for all to be free to pursue their chosen path in life,
have equal opportunities to thrive, and to equally participate in and lead our
societies, including the EU’s Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025.
Germany is currently undergoing a comprehensive revision of its National Sustainable
Development Strategy. The Strategy is based on the 2030 Agenda and the guiding
principles of inter-generational equity, quality of life, social cohesion and global
responsibility. The new strategy will determine our course for the upcoming years.
We are convinced that it will be a key instrument for crisis resilience.
Within the EU, Germany supports recovery measures in accordance with the
European Green Deal, contributing to a green recovery. Germany welcomes the
European Commission’s proposal to raise the 2030 emission reduction target to
between 50 and 55 percent, with the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050.
Germany is committed to actively engage in the shared response to the global impact
of the COVID-19 pandemic. The German Federal Government has therefore set up
an Emergency COVID-19 Support Programme to help developing countries and
emerging economies to stabilize. It focuses on health and pandemic response, food
security, stabilization in refugee and crisis regions, and safeguarding jobs.
To this end, we are reallocating more than EUR 1 billion in the current 2020 budget.
An additional EUR 3,1 billion was earmarked for 2020 and 2021. This will
complement Germany’s ongoing support for its bilateral and multilateral partners.
At this occasion, we would also like to reiterate that the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs
must be implemented not only for, but also by the whole of society. In order for that
to happen, we need the voices of civil society to be heard, especially in extraordinary
circumstances. This year’s virtual HLPF will provide new forms of digital participation.
We need to ensure that this allows for meaningful stakeholder engagement in the
Only together can we move forward and ensure that no one is left behind.