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2.2.7 Dialogue on sustainability

Sustainability is a guiding principle for the policy of the Federal Government. But not only the state and politics, each and every individual is required to work for this goal. Sustainable development can not be imposed by the state. Only when all players in the economy and society and citizens make theme to their cause, sustainable development will succeed.

When companies invest, consumers consume, they help shape the future development as well as the state with its laws and programs. Therefore, the public discussion, cooperation with and between social actors is an essential element of the sustainability strategy of the federal government.

Sustainability lives of the public debate and the participation of all citizens - whether private, in the family or at work and in daily living together. This responsible behavior of those involved in everyday life is closely tied to the condition to be included and involved in the development of society. Participation is just very important also in view of the complexity and speed of social processes.

An essential component of continuing the strategy is therefore the discussion with experts and with the public. Accordingly, both vertices and the first drafts of the strategy were published, or the progress reports on the Internet. The dialogue supplemented rounds of consultation with communities, business and trade unions, environmental and development organizations, agricultural and consumer associations, and science and churches.

When developing the strategy, the views and ideas of different social groups flow in the contents of the progress reports. Suggestions and proposals of citizens have to be taken into account. With this, the strategy is the first political program of a Federal Government, in which citizens have been actively contributed and continue to participate. In the Progress Report 2012 citizens have their say with their opinions of the dialogue on sustainability directly (reports to the citizen dialogues).