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2030 Agenda

Sustainable development, poverty reduction and climate policy are inextricably linked in the 2030 Agenda. The Agenda, which was adopted by all United Nations member states in September 2015, calls for nothing less than the transformation of our world. The aim is to reconcile global economic progress with social justice and the conservation of natural resources. It includes ensuring that no one will be left behind. That is why the 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals focus on the weakest and most vulnerable members of society. Developing countries, emerging economies and industrialised nations must all do their part to ensure the success of the Agenda.

For GIZ, the 2030 Agenda is the overarching framework that guides its work. GIZ advises countries on implementing their goals, which they set within the context of the 2030 Agenda as well. The 2030 Agenda is now an integral part of the planning, implementation and monitoring of all new projects at GIZ. This provides new incentives to enhance the quality, impact and sustainability of our projects and programmes around the world. Tried and tested advisory approaches in international cooperation will be reinvigorated in innovative ways. For example, through the 2030 Agenda initiative, GIZ is working on behalf of BMZ to support the efforts of selected partner countries to begin implementing the Agenda as quickly as possible. We are also developing new business areas and partnerships. Such partnerships in areas such as textiles, cocoa and palm oil between actors from the private sector, civil society and politics (multi-stakeholder partnerships) build on shared responsibility and the partnership-based approach of the 2030 Agenda and contribute to its implementation.


The 2030 Agenda and its 17 goals are important benchmarks for GIZ. To ensure that they are implemented in our daily work, we have defined five principles drawn from this framework:

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