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Agenda 2030

To meet the challenges of sustainable development in a globally coordinated manner, in 2015 the international community adopted “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

The Agenda includes economic, ecological and social aspects. The 17 global sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda, the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are directed at everyone: governments worldwide, but also industry, civil society and scientific circles. Germany has committed itself to an ambitious implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

In January 2017, the Federal Cabinet adopted the “German Sustainable Development Strategy – 2016 Relaunch”, thereby amending the National Sustainability Strategy entitled “Prospects for Germany”, which had been adopted in 2002. The new Sustainable Development Strategy sets out Germany’s measures for implementing the 17 SDGs.

 The following SDGs play a crucial role for the policies of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture:

Agri-food companies are also responsible for sustainable development. The OECD guidelines on multinational enterprises also apply to them. The OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains offers them guidance in implementing this task.

The social dimension of sustainability also includes the respect for human rights. Since 2011, the OECD Guidelines have contained a new chapter on this issue. The guiding principles on human rights stated therein are in line with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which the United Nations adopted in the same year. The National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights of 2016 aims to advance the implementation of these Guiding Principles in Germany. In this Plan, the Federal Government formulates, among other things, the expectation that companies take the Guiding Principles into account and undertakes to support them in implementing the Principles.

Many companies are also assuming social responsibility for sustainable economic activity within the context of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

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Overview of topics

Improving Nutrition globally

Feeding the world population in the 21st Century requires more than just an increase in agricultural production. A holistic approach that focuses on food quality is key for achieving an adequate nutrition for all people worldwide.

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Promoting Food Security and Nutrition together – the Bilateral Trust Fund with the FAO

Since 2002, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) supports projects of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to erradicate hunger and malnutrition through a Bilateral Trust Fund (BTF).

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Using innovative research cooperation to provide impetus for food security and nutrition worldwide

The Federal Government of Germany would like to increase the contribution of the German agricultural and nutritional research to improve food security and nutrition worldwide. At the same time, the Government aims at a better integration of German agricultural and nutritional research into international networks.

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The Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure of Land

The "Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests", unanimously adopted by the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) are a historical milestone of international development policy.

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The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems

On 15 October, the member states of the Committee on World Food Security at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) unanimously adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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International Agricultural Market Monitoring (AMIS)

Established at the initiative of the G20 Agriculture Ministers in 2011, the Agricultural Market Information System AMIS collects and pools data on weather conditions, harvest prospects and prices for the globally important staple foods rice, maize, wheat and soybeans.

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Recommendations

Forests and for­est man­age­ment con­tribute to the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment’s sus­tain­abil­i­ty goals (topic:agenda-2030)

Forest management contributes to achieving the Federal Government’s sustainability goals. Like no other area, forest management is geared towards the requirements of future generations. The total forest area and the stocks of biomass and timber have been increasing for years despite being used.

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Now on­ly cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able palm oil in Ger­many (topic:sustainability)

Only sustainably produced palm oil to be used in Germany by 2020. This is the express aim of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). On 18 October 2018, on the occasion of the annual General Assembly of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP), the BMEL commended the forum's successful work.

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Na­tion­al Pro­gramme for Sus­tain­able Con­sump­tion – so­ci­etal change through a sus­tain­able lifestyle (topic:sustainability)

The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that consumers have a greater choice of environmentally friendly and socially viable products and services. To this end, it adopted the “National Programme for Sustainable Consumption” (NPNK) in 2016.

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The Prin­ci­ples for Re­spon­si­ble In­vest­ment in Agri­cul­ture and Food Sys­tems (topic:agenda-2030)

On 15 October, the member states of the Committee on World Food Security at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) unanimously adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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At the 11th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference, the agriculture ministers of 74 countries committed themselves to bear in mind both the opportunities and the risks involved in the digital transformation and agriculture. They unanimously adopted an ambitious final communiqué at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) on Saturday afternoon. The ministers emphasised the following: Digital transformation of agriculture cannot be shaped at the national level exclusively - connectivity should rather be implemented at global level.

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Pro­mot­ing Food Se­cu­ri­ty and Nu­tri­tion to­geth­er – the Bi­lat­er­al Trust Fund with the FAO (topic:agenda-2030)

Since 2002, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) supports projects of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to erradicate hunger and malnutrition through a Bilateral Trust Fund (BTF).

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Im­prov­ing Nu­tri­tion glob­al­ly (topic:agenda-2030)

Feeding the world population in the 21st Century requires more than just an increase in agricultural production. A holistic approach that focuses on food quality is key for achieving an adequate nutrition for all people worldwide.

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In­ter­na­tion­al Di­a­logue on Live­stock Hus­bandry (topic:gffa)

"Shaping the future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently" – this is the motto of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) which is to be held in Berlin from 18 to 20 January 2018.

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In­ter­na­tion­al Agri­cul­tur­al Mar­ket Mon­i­tor­ing (AMIS) (topic:agenda-2030)

Established at the initiative of the G20 Agriculture Ministers in 2011, the Agricultural Market Information System AMIS collects and pools data on weather conditions, harvest prospects and prices for the globally important staple foods rice, maize, wheat and soybeans.

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BMEL Con­fer­ence on the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) in Ger­many (topic:agenda-2030)

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the United Nations agreed on global sustainability goals (SDGs). How can these goals be implemented at national and international level? This was the focus of an expert conference held in Berlin from 2 to 4 May 2016.

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