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A New Dialogue for Science and Government

The scientific advisory boards of the German Government

The scientific advisory boards of the German Government are permanent bodies with an advisory function. The Federal Chancellery and many of the federal ministries are served by multiple advisory boards, which assess government action and advise decision-makers in the form of expert opinions, statements, and recommendations.

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), which has been part of the German Government / Federal Chancellery since 2001, advises the government on sustainability policies, including proposals on targets and indicators for the further development of the German Strategy for Sustainable Development as well as proposals for projects to advance its implementation. Other scientific advisory boards contribute to the implementation of the German Strategy for Sustainable Development to varying degrees and according to their thematic focus and ministerial affiliation. The strategy’s implementation will be coordinated across all federal ministries, with support from their respective scientific advisory boards, which have been working on sustainability issues for some time.

A new dialogue for sustainability

Against this background, the Science Platform Sustainabilityy 2030 and SDSN Germany have established a new dialogue to foster debate among the scientific advisory boards of the Federal Government and various government agencies and ministries on relevant cross-sectional issues, conflicting objectives, and the role of the advisory boards and scientific policy advisers in the implementation of the German Strategy for Sustainable Development.

On Wednesday, 23 May 2018, representatives from ten scientific advisory boards of the German Government and various federal ministries came together at an inaugural session to discuss the challenges for political action and the opportunities to advance the German Strategy for Sustainable Development. These discussions highlighted the existence of an abundance of cross-sectional issues.

The following formats are currently being considered for the continuation of this dialogue:

  • Annual exchange with interested advisory boards, with the next event scheduled for May 2019
  • In-depth exploration of interdisciplinary cross-sectional issues

 

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