Implementing transformation together


Municipalities worldwide are the places where climate change along with all other environmental and social challenges are concentrated like under a burning glass. At the same time, at the municipal level, solutions are found and transformation processes are implemented. Through exchange and cooperation, municipal partnerships make an important contribution to environmental and climate protection, but also to reconciliation and peacekeeping.

Towns and communities
for the 2030 Agenda.

Wanted: Examples of particularly successful cooperation with the Global South.

Since 2018, Engagement Global in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) has been issued arwards to municipalities in Germany and their partner municipalities in the Global South that are particularly committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in an exemplary manner.

The aim of the award is to identify examples of particularly successful partnerships with a model character, to put them in focus of a broader public and to present them as good practices to other German and international municipalities. The National German Sustainability Award Global Partnerships is intended to honor municipalities and at the same time to encourage them to contribute to municipal development cooperation as multipliers.


Partnerships between municipalities in Germany and the Global South.


September 15 until October 22, 2020.


No fee is charged for participation in the competition.

Award ceremony

Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller will present the award on December 4, 2020 in Düsseldorf.

Road to the award.

Municipalities in Germany and in the Global South apply as a tandem.

By filling out a questionnaire, German cities, municipalities and counties have presented partnerships with municipalities in the Global South (BMZ's DAC list) that promote the 2030 Agenda by October 22, 2020. The partnership must be current or have been concluded for no longer than 12 months. The partnership must have a clear focus on SDGs, concrete efforts to implement the sustainability goals in Germany and/or the partner country, a high sustainability impact and medium-term prospects for continuation and success.

Applications will be evaluated by the assessment partners of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the German Development Institute (DIE). The finalists can contribute video statements to the application. The jury of experts will choose the winners, who will be announced at the German Sustainability Award ceremony on December 4, 2020 in Düsseldorf. The representatives of both municipalities will accept the award together – as far as this year's circumstances allow.

The jury.

Renowned experts determined the winners.

Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann

Leiter der Jury, früherer Generalsekretär des Rats für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Nanda Bergstein

Director Corporate Responsibility Tchibo GmbH

Dr. Ingolf Dietrich

Ministerialdirigent, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Beauftragter für nachhaltige Entwicklungsziele

Jürgen Herzing

Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Aschaffenburg

Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz

Stellv. Direktorin des Deutschen Instituts für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Ulrich Walter

Geschäftsführer der AUWA Holding GmbH

Dr. Stefan Wilhelmy

Bereichsleiter der Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt, Engagement Global gGmbH

Four good reasons to join in.

Award money

The two winning municipalities each receive a sum of 30.000 € for new projects within the partnership.


The winners are stage guests at the awards ceremony on 4 December 2020 in the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf.


The finalists and winners have the opportunity to use the DNP seal free of charge to communicate their success.


The winners will receive a consultation on climate-friendly partnership efforts, mediated and financed by the Alliance for Development and Climate.


The most common questions about the competition.

Voluntary compensation in the municipal area.

In 2020, the Allianz für Entwicklung und Klima will be included in the municipal award. Allianz für Entwicklung und Klima is relying on the potential of voluntary commitment and the leverage effect of CO2 compensation projects in developing and emerging countries. Over 700 supporters have already joined the Allianz: large and small companies, municipalities and authorities, associations, universities, project developers, compensation providers and civil society. The aim is to raise awareness of Allianz für Entwicklung und Klima among cities and municipalities and to strengthen the acceptance of voluntary compensation of CO2 emissions in the municipal area.

A star-studded stage.

The successful concepts of transformation deserve special attention and the finalists deserve to be appreciated. The winners will receive their awards in the presence of guests from business, municipalities, politics, science and civil society. It is their night in the name of respect for the different roads to the same goal.


To the awards ceremony

All previous award winners.

In the third year, the success of the GSA rewards and motivates the participating municipalities in Germany and the Global South. Nomination, participation in the final round and the award unfold energy in the cities. The successful participants benefit from the GSA Foundation's reporting and the media response.


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