New Edition of the German Sustainable Development Strategy

Abbildung 1: WISTA
Published January 2017

On 10 March 2021, the Federal Government adopted the new edition of the German Sustainable Development Strategy and set itself 72 goals to make Germany more sustainable in the future. Six new indicators were added in the areas of health, equality, infrastructure, cultural heritage and soil protection. In addition, the targets and methodology for ten existing indicators were further developed.

In 2016, following the adoption of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the Federal Government revised the German Sustainable Development Strategy and adopted a new version on 11 January 2017. This revision represents the most comprehensive further development of the strategy since its conception in 2002. The "New Edition of the German Sustainable Development Strategy" is the main framework for the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Federal Statistical Office has been commissioned by the Federal Government to analyse and monitor the sustainability strategy since 2006. It compiles the indicators that measure the achievement of the goals in the individual thematic areas and publishes so-called indicator reports every two years.

Feasibility study on the presentation of the indicators of the German Sustainable Development Strategy by federal states (only available in German)

Figure 2: Feasibility study
Published November 2018
In addition to the federal government, the majority of the German states have their own Sustainable Development Strategies. Some state governments have already aligned these with the 17 global sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda; in other states, there are efforts to adapt or develop a state-specific Sustainable Development Strategy.

The heads of the state and senate chancelleries of the Federation and the Länder (CdS) have decided to develop uniform indicators and evaluation standards for the Federal Government and the Länder for monitoring the success of the DNS. The Federal Statistical Office was asked by the Bund Länder Erfahrungsaustausch Nachhaltigkeit (BLE NH) - a body of the federal and state departments responsible for sustainability - to provide an overview for presenting the indicators of the DNS by federal state. The feasibility study presented here corresponds to the advanced overview.

Special evaluation for selected indicators by territorial status (only available in German)

Figure 3: Special evaluation by territorial status
Published May 28th 2021

Publication of selected indicators by territorial status: New Länder with Berlin, New Länder without Berlin, Former Federal Territory.

Indicator Reports

Indicator Report 2021
The Indicator Reports of the Federal Statistical Office provide information on the monitoring of the indicators of the German Sustainable Development Strategy. Supplementary data series on the respective indicators are published in the Data to the Indicator Report.


Indicator Report 2022 - Only available in German.

Data to the Indicator Report 2022 - The publication has been discontinued. The information is now available online on this platform at the respective indicators under the tab "Additional information".


Indicator Report 2021
Data to the Indicator Report 2021


Indicator Report 2018
Data to the Indicator Report 2018


Indicator Report 2016
Data to the Indicator Report 2016


Indicator Report 2014
Data to the Indicator Report 2014


Indicator Report 2012
Data to the Indicator Report 2012


Indicator Report 2010
Data to the Indicator Report 2010


Indicator Report 2008
Data to the Indicator Report 2008


Indicator Report 2006

Press releases

Federal Government achieved four of its twelve sustainability goals for 2020

Press release No. 121 of 10 March 2021

The sustainability dialogue of the Federal Government starts: sustainability indicators available interactively

Press release No. 388 of 1 October 2020

German Sustainable Development Strategy: monitoring now in an interactive format

Press release No. 053 of 19 February 2020

Updated indicator report on German sustainability strategy published

Press release No. 474 of 6 December 2018

Sustainable indicators measured objectively

Press release No. 015 of 12 January 2017