Integrated Company Report 2016

GIZ and the 2030 Agenda


With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015, the member states of the United Nations created a new international framework for global sustainable development that points the way forward for GIZ. The 2030 Agenda promotes a universal and coordinated approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the global community. It provides industrialised nations, emerging economies and developing countries with a common set of objectives.

In 2016, the German Sustainable Development Strategy was revised in light of the 2030 Agenda. This process involved broad participation by civil society, the private sector, and the scientific and academic community. It is being implemented on three levels:

  • ‘In Germany’ itself;
  • ‘With Germany’ as part of bilateral cooperation; and
  • ‘By Germany’ in international cooperation, generating results worldwide.

Through our work around the world we make a contribution towards implementing the 2030 Agenda and the German Sustainable Development Strategy. This includes supporting the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other German ministries in implementing the 2030 Agenda in developing countries, emerging economies and industrialised nations – and delivering results. GIZ can also operate on behalf of other clients and cofinanciers. In this context, GIZ wants to be a pioneer and leading provider of services for sustainable development.

This is why, in our own Sustainability Programme, we set ourselves ambitious targets in four dimensions of sustainability, which have also been integrated into our Corporate Strategy:

  • Ecological balance;
  • Social responsibility;
  • Economic capability; and
  • Political participation.

By adding the dimension of political participation to those included in the 2030 Agenda – the economic, the social and the ecological – we wanted to underline the special importance GIZ attaches to cooperation and co-determination in its work.

The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs provide a frame of reference for GIZ’s work around the world. On the sections of the Integrated Company Report website that describe how GIZ is helping achieve specific SDGs, you will see the relevant icons indicating which Goals this involves.

Displacement and migration
Reducing hardship, building communities, creating employment
Creating space for interaction in Syria’s neighbouring countries
Providing better protection for refugees in the Horn of Africa
Shaping migration – increasing people’s opportunities
For a future in rural areas in Burkina Faso
Climate and energy
Achieving climate and development targets together
Ways to cut emissions
Mitigating climate risks around the world – working with companies
Protecting bees in Kenya with aerial photography and WhatsApp
Security and stabilisation
Building trust in security forces
Better social protection thanks to reliable data in Cambodia
Well-trained managers enable modern administration in Afghanistan
Security has many facets
Decentralised structures in Ukraine – close to citizens
Distributing food reliably in India – with fingerprint scanners
Managing sustainability together within the company

Sustainable development goals

Projects with this goal