UN Forum on Sustainable Development: Germany draws attention to sustainable public procurement
This year, Germany placed the focus on sustainable public procurement at the ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The German government emphasised the duty of the state as a role model for sustainable consumption through an event on 18 June. Each year, the ministerial segment reviews the progress on implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 global goals (SDGs). The event took place from 16 to 18 July 2018 in New York. The German Government was represented by the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Development Ministry.
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, remarked in New York: "If the world continues to consume as many resources as it currently does, we would need two planets. This shows that we urgently need to change course. Public procurement is an important tool. In Germany alone, the public sector buys products and services valued at around 300 billion euros. If we align these public investments with sustainability criteria in Germany and around the world, we will take a major step forward towards a more social and ecological world. The state is a role model in the area of public procurement and has the ability to develop new markets through its buyer power and to help innovative products to achieve breakthroughs. In Germany, we can do much more and, as the Federal Government, we can lead the way. We are already well positioned in certain areas such as timber and energy-efficient devices; in other areas, however, there is still room for improvement, for example as regards the demand for recycled materials."
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