12.A Supporting developing countries 12.A Supporting developing countries

12.A Supporting developing countries
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Sub-goal 12.a requires developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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As part of the ‘develoPPP.de’ program, BMZ, for example, supports companies that engage in developing and emerging countries for the long term and that want to make their entrepreneurial engagement sustainable. These can include companies that pilot innovative technology, increase the standard of their supply chains, or invest in a sustainable training program.

The International Climate Initiative (IKI), the BMU's international funding program for climate protection and biodiversity projects in developing and emerging countries, began in 2008. This initiative also supports numerous projects focusing on ‘Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP)’ – for example, low-emission public transport procurement, ecolabelling and the transformation of value chains in the tourism sector.

In addition, textiles, cocoa or palm oil partnerships between private, civil society and policy actors (multi-stakeholder partnerships) contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


BMZ; Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG); GIZ; sequa gGmbH

develoPPP.de was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) over 20 years ago to foster the involvement of the private sector in areas where business opportunities and development policy initiatives overlap. To this end, BMZ offers financial and technical support for companies that want to do business or have already begun operating in developing and emerging-market countries.

12.A Supporting developing countries
SDG 8 SDG 10 SDG 17
German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess)

With the adoption of the German Resource Efficiency Programme (Deutsches Ressourceneffizienzprogramms = ProgRess) in February 2012, Germany committed itself to objectives, guiding ideas and approaches for the protection of natural resources. The Federal Government is obliged to report to the German Parliament every four years on the development of resource efficiency in Germany and to update the Resource Efficiency Programme.

12.5 Reducing waste generation 12.A Supporting developing countries
GIZ; BMZ; betterplace lab; adelphi
innovation factory

The innovation factory is a global partnership for promoting digital innovations for sustainable development. It was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the year 2018. The innovation factory focuses on three different areas of action: Developing and evolving cross-regional cooperation networks for digital innovations, creating the conditions for global networking of cooperation networks and creating the conditions for developing digital innovations. The cooperation networks develop digital innovations for sustainable development and share ideas across regions.

12.A Supporting developing countries
SDG 9 SDG 17
CLIENT II – International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovations

The target of the funding programme is to support international partnerships in the areas of climate, environment and energy.
CLIENT II puts a spotlight on demand-oriented research and development collaborations with selected newly industrializing and developing countries with interesting markets for German suppliers of technology. The envisaged projects are to give an effective impetus to reduce environmental pollution in the partner countries, to use natural resources both wisely and economically, to supply safe, clean and affordable energy to all segments of the population, and to make advances in global climate protection and in the adaptation to climate change and natural hazards. 

12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.3 Reducing food losses 12.4 Environmentally sound management of chemicals 12.5 Reducing waste generation 12.6 Responsible companies 12.7 Sustainable public procurement 12.A Supporting developing countries 12.B Sustainable tourism
SDG 6 SDG 7 SDG 8 SDG 13
BMEL; BMZ; Unternehmen; NGOs; Verbände
Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO) is a joint initiative of the Federal Government, represented by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the German sweets and confectionery industry, the German retail grocery trade, and civil society. Jointly, the multi-stakeholder initiative aims to improve the livelihood of cocoa farmers and their families as well as to increase the proportion of certified cocoa according to sustainability standards.

By 2025,  the share of cocoa in cocoa-containing end products sold by the producing members in Germany certified by sustainability standards (or to be equivalently independently verified) is to be least 85 % by the year 2025 - the long-term target is 100%. To achieve these objectives, the members of GISCO closely liaise with the governments of cocoa producing countries.

12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.A Supporting developing countries
SDG 8 SDG 15