Tropentag: Workshop on Implementation of SDGs

A workshop on “Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” on Tuesday September 19, 1:30 - 5:00 pm, takes place under the umbrella of Tropentag at Bonn University.

For details, please see the information below and on

After a brief introduction into the Sustainable Development Goals and the "Science Platform Sustainability 2030", the importance of holistic approaches in the implementation of the SDGs as well as the implications of the SDGs for research will be discussed.

Confirmed panel members include:
Prof. Jan Börner (University of Bonn and Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn)
Prof. Wolfgang Bokelmann (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Mr. Henning Knipschild (Federal Agency for Agriculture and Nutrition (BLE), Bonn)
Dr. Ravi Prabhu (World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi)
NN (Federal Ministry for Development and Cooperation (BMZ), Bonn)

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michael Brüntrup (DIE).

Venue: Bonn University main building, HS X
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Organizers: Dr. Sarah Holzapfel and Dr. Michael Brüntrup, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Dr. Hannah Jaenicke, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF), and SDSN Germany.

Implementation of the SDGs is being carried out in most countries, however with variable intensity. Often, interdependencies and trade-offs between SDGs are not or only insufficiently observed in research and the supporting policy process. A key role for agricultural production is given to SDG 2 on combating hunger, but agriculture has many more implication - FAO lists 62 of the 169 targets as directly linked. There are positive, negative and many mixed relations, often depending on details and context. Without taking these interdependencies into consideration, seemingly obvious measures to achieve progress in one dimension of SDGs can do harm in others, and vice-versa sometimes there are overlooked win-win situations. We will look at the interdependencies between SDG 2 and other relevant SDGs. We will also look at the implications of the SDGs on research. Our workshop during Tropentag will build upon a discussion with German participants in late June 2017, which focused in particular on the German sustainability strategy. Here, we want to share indicative results from this workshop and broaden the approach to an international scope.

Please register for this workshop with Christiane Weller (
by September 8 and take the opportunity to register for Tropentag at