On 5 and 6 October 2021, around 60 participants from 26 German municipalities from all eight project phases attended the network meeting in Bonn. On the one hand, the celebrations provided an opportunity to look back on the previous ten years. During this period, 77 climate partnerships were established under the programme, in which over 100 partnership projects were (or are still being) implemented with support from the Service Agency, using BMZ funds. On the other hand, we also took a look ahead: How can we draw inspiration from creative ideas, and ensure that climate partnerships succeed in the future?
A discussion round was held with Jens Martens, Executive Director of the Global Policy Forum, Stefan Wagner, Head of the Department for International Affairs and Global Sustainability of the City of Bonn, Bernd Fuhrmann, Mayor of Bad Berleburg, and Moritz Schmidt from the North-Rhine Westphalian Working Party on Agenda 21 (LAG 21 NRW). They discussed the changing role and importance of municipalities in the debate on sustainability and the climate.
The speakers underlined the pioneering nature of all the municipalities working in the project since 2011. They pointed out that although many municipalities were now active in this area, there was still a long way to go before climate action became a binding municipal task. The 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has clearly put municipalities at the centre of activities for a sustainable and climate-neutral world.
Following the discussion, it was the turn of the delegates from the municipal climate partnerships to work in groups. Here, the task was to identify factors conducive to successful and sustainable climate partnerships. These success factors are also to be made available as a possible source of motivation to future climate partnerships.