Involving civil society

Copies of the Charta for the Future at the OneWorld-Forum, Berlin

Copies of the Charta for the Future at the OneWorld-Forum, Berlin

© Michael Gottschalk/photothek

What do we want our world to be like? How can we live up to our responsibility for the future? How can we turn our idea of a global partnership into reality? Those were some of the questions with which the BMZ and experts from the political realm, civil society and citizens launched an intensive dialogue. The outcome was a Charter for the Future "ONE WORLD – Our Responsibility" that was officially handed over to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in November 2014. The Charter is founded on the basic understanding that the private sector, civil society and the state are jointly responsible for addressing the global issues of the future. The Charter sets out ways for tackling the issue of sustainable development together and also contains a great deal of important information on Germany's G7 Presidency in 2015.

The German Chancellor is engaging in wide-ranging dialogue with civil society during Germany's G7 Presidency. Many non-governmental organisations active in the field of development policy are participating in that dialogue. The umbrella organisation of development policy non-governmental organisations (VENRO) and the Forum Environment and Development organised this dialogue together with the Federal Chancellery on 20/21 April 2015.

The BMZ also engages in regular exchange with non-governmental organisations on issues addressed by the G7/G8 and the G20 – over and above the dialogue on the Charter for the Future. In April 2015 the BMZ hosted an international conference of G7 parliamentarians that was organised by the German All Party Parliamentarians Group on Population and Development, in collaboration with DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF).