Municipal Partnerships

The Winners and Top 3 of the German Sustainability Award
for Municipal Partnerships 2019

Wernigerode with Hoi An (Winners)

Wernigerode, located in Saxony-Anhalt, and Hoi An in Central Vietnam have been connected …

Gudensberg with Shchyrets (Top 3)

The relatively new partnership between the two small towns of Gudensberg and Shchyrets …

Leipzig with Travnik (Top 3)

The partnership between Leipzig and Travnik in Bosnia and Herzegovina, initiated by Travnik in 1997 shortly after the end …

Solingen with Thiès (Top 3)

The long-standing and complex relationship between Solingen, also known as the “City of Blades” and the …

The Nominees of the German Sustainability Award
for Municipal Partnerships 2019


Together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global, we awarded prizes to municipalities in Germany and in the Global South that have demonstrated a particularly exemplary commitment to implementing Agenda 2030 within the framework of partnerships.

We sought successful international partnerships between municipalities of all sizes in Germany and partner municipalities in developing and emerging countries intended to promote the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We showcase them as good practices for successful development cooperation to other stakeholders as well.




The National German Sustainability Award (GSA) has been intensively involved in charting the path to Agenda 2030. As a member of the High-level Group for the preparation of Agenda 2030, former Federal President Horst Köhler was awarded an honorary prize. Ahead of the adoption of the sustainability agenda, awards for the UN Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon and António Guterres then followed.

As part of a collaboration with the UN, SDG-Advocate I.M. Queen Mathilde of Belgium gave a remarkable speech on the importance of Agenda 2030 at the 2017 award ceremony. The GSA will use its funds to further contribute to making SDGs more popular among its target group of municipalities. 


The most important facts about the award for Municipal Partnerships

Call for applications:

Partnerships between municipalities in Germany and the Global South


12.9. to 5.10.2018;
CW 43 and 44


Prize money:

€ 30,000 for the German municipality
and for the municipality
in the Global South

Award ceremony:

7 December 2018, MARITIM Hotel, Düsseldorf


Everything you need to know about the award for Municipal Partnerships

Until 5 October 2018, German cities and municipalities were able to submit their concrete partnerships intended to promote the implementation of Agenda 2030 with municipalities in the Global South via our online questionnaire. The countries on the BMZ's current DAC list were considered the “Global South” for this competition. The prerequisite for participation was that the partnership is either ongoing or was concluded less than 12 months ago.

Our key criteria for selecting the top candidates were be a clear focus on one or more SDGs, concrete measures to implement the SDGs in Germany or in the developing or emerging country, a high sustainability impact and a medium-term perspective for ongoing cooperation and success. The submissions have been evaluated by the assessment partners Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, the German Development Institute and the German Institute of Urban Affairs.

The applications were evaluated by the assessment partners of the award. A team from the GSA Foundation and the assessment partners scheduled interviews with the leading candidates (by telephone ). Based on the information provided in the questionnaire, the candidates’ activities were examined in greater detail and further questions asked. The finalists were presented to the jury of experts chaired by Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann, Secretary General of the German Council for Sustainable Development, who selected the winner.

The winners were announced at the German Sustainability Award ceremony in Düsseldorf on 7 December 2018. The representatives of both partners jointly received the award from Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation Dr. Gerd Müller.


These renowned experts selected the winners in 2018

Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann

Secretary General of the German Council for Sustainable Development (GCSD)

Dr. Maria Flachsbarth

Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Dr. Maja Göpel

Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

Dr. Imme Scholz

Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE)

Ullrich Sierau

Lord Mayor of the City of Dortmund

Ulrich Walter

CEO of Ulrich Walter GmbH/Lebensbaum

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