The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015 with a historic consensus between the 193 member states of the United Nations (UN). It applies a holistic approach to work towards the transformation of the world for the benefit of global sustainable development. For the first time, it covers all three dimensions of sustainability: the social, economic, and environmental. The Agenda makes all the countries of the world responsible, the developing and emerging states just as much as the industrialized nations. It defines a comprehensive framework for orienting national and international policy towards the tenets of sustainability.

At the end of 2020, the German government announced a massive €4 billion budget to support research projects addressing global warming and sustainability under its FONA (Forschung für Nachhaltigkeit) strategy over the coming five years. China’s new five-year plan, released this March, confirms the country’s commitment to sustainability including peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

A Call for Action: Sino-German Sustainable Development Forum (SGF)

Covid-19 has demonstrated that scientific collaboration plays a critical role in tackling complex challenges. In the same vein, environmental problems require a diversity of solutions based on scientific insights. Guided by its Sustainability Action Plan: A Global ZJU for Social Good (Z4G), Zhejiang University is working to enhance sustainability-related education, research, and operations through a variety of programs and activities, such as the inaugural Sino-German Sustainable Development Forum (SGF).

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The  German Academic Exchange Service is honored to support this Forum with distinguished experts from academia as well as companies.  The institution sees itself as an important link between the two and is dedicated to facilitating the cultivation of excellent international talents through scholarships, financing global academic networks, and giving policy support through our vast expertise.

You are warmly invited to register here by 23:59 CST, September 19, 2021.

Contact: Ms. ZHENG Qi, Partnership Coordinator,

Sustainability and the DAAD

The DAAD makes important contributions to the global Sustainable Development Goals with German universities and their international partners. It also regards sustainability as a holistic responsibility for its own organization. Learn more here.

For more information on the strategy of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, download the FONA PDF here.