The German Council for Sustainable Development has a number of new appointments. The Council advises the German government on sustainable development policy and serves to advance public debate
on sustainability issues.
In line with a change to its appointment procedure adopted in April, membership of the German Council for Sustainable Development is now limited to fifteen. At least one third of its members
must be newly appointed at the start of a new period of tenure. Existing members may be re-appointed for one further term only. This provides for continuity of experience while securing fresh
The Council was founded by the German government in 2001 to develop long-term economic, environmental and social policy solutions, the ultimate aim being to establish a society on which future
generations can build and progress. Council members are public figures whose work takes in environmental, economic, social and global concerns.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced the following new appointments to the Council:
● Christiane Underberg (Co-Owner of Underberg AG)
● Susanne Weber-Mosdorf (WHO Assistant Director-General)
● Prof. Dr. Georg Teutsch (Scientific Director, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig)
● Ranga Yogeshwar (TV Presenter)
● Michael Vassiliadis (Deputy Chairman of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IGBCE))
The following members have been re-appointed:
● Horst Frank (Mayor of the City of Constance)
● Dr. Hans Geisler (Minister of Social Affairs in the State of Saxony, retired)
● Dr. Volker Hauff (Federal Minister, retired)
● Prof. Dr. Edward G. Krubasik (Former Member of the Executive Board at Siemens AG)
● Thomas Loster (Munich Re Foundation)
● Prof. Dr. J?n Rimpau (Chairman of the German Agricultural Society (DLG))
● Marlehn Thieme (Deutsche Bank Foundation)
● Prof. Dr. Klaus T?r (Former UNEP Executive Director and retired Federal Minister)
● Hubert Weinzierl (President, German League for Nature and Environment (DNR))
● Dr. Angelika Zahrnt (Chair, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND))
As a next step, the Council will elect a Chair from among its members.
The German Council for Sustainable Development primarily makes recommendations to advance Germany’s sustainability strategy. It advises on issues such as development cooperation, urban
planning and land use, consumption, global responsibility, availability of resources and energy supply. It also drafts proposals for specific projects. The Council has the task of promoting
social dialogue on sustainability.
In her opening address at the Council’s annual conference in 2006, Chancellor Merkel praised its work, saying that whenever the Council issues a warning to the German government she
acknowledges it with interest, openness and attentiveness. The German government will continue to heed the Council’s warnings wherever possible.