Improving Sustainability

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Growth is important, but also its mode and nature. Future growth development has to improve the global quality of life and prosperity instead of undermining them. By introducing the Agenda 2030, the United Nations have provided a framework for political action which enables future generations to shape and design their own future in a responsible fashion. A central objective of the G20 summit is the elaboration of policies that make it possible to meet the Agenda’s targets in areas such as climate protection, sustainable energy supply, digitalization, health promotion policy, and gender equality.

Economic growth has long been considered as a target worth pursuing for its own sake. A reconsideration of this assumption only came about during the latter half of the 20th century. The publication of the report “The limits of growth” was an important milestone in this process. Released in 1972 by the Club of Rome, a committee of leading scientists of different fields, this report cautioned against the imminent dangers of unlimited growth because it might lead to the irreparable destruction of the environment and the unrestrained exploitation of the Earth’s resources. In the experts’ opinion, growth is only worthwhile if it doesn’t deprive future generations of the fundamental conditions for subsistence.

This is why the G20 are aiming to shape and frame global economic activities according to the principles of sustainability, in order to secure the basis for a liveable future for mankind. But what does this entail in practice? What properties and qualities do societies need to successfully confront the challenges of the future?

These are some of the questions the G20 summit is going to discuss, with a special focus on the following set of topics:

  • Climate and energy
  • Agenda 2030
  • Digitalization
  • Health
  • Empowering women

The young participants of Youth 20 Dialogue will work intensively with these topics. For the most important topics, they will formulate their own propositions. These will be presented in a position paper to Chancellor Angela Merkel and to Manuela Schwesig, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.