What we do

Sustainable Development

We’ve worked for 30 years in international cooperation for sustainable development. Since the mid-1990s, GeoMedia has accompanied and advised in processes on all three Rio Conventions – Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification – as well as international fora such as the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

Grassroots-oriented projects in developing countries are as familiar to us as public-private partnerships and the (inter-)national processes around the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here are some selected examples of our work:

Comparative analyses of VNRs

Since 2015, the world has been committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. To ensure and accelerate implementation, all UN member states are encouraged to conduct regular and inclusive progress – so called Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).

In 2017 and 2018, GeoMedia supported the GIZ-managed global project “Partners for Review” in conducting comparative analyses of all VNRs submitted to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in the respective year. You can download the reports here:

VNR Analysis 2017 (PDF, 0.95 MB)
VNR Analysis 2018 (PDF, 4.0 MB)

Video for Germany’s presentation to the HLPF

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up of the 2030 Agenda. Several days of this annual conference are devoted to country presentations of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), aiming to facilitate international exchange of experiences and lessons learned.

In July 2016, Germany was among the first 22 countries to present its VNR to the HLPF. Part of this presentation was a video produced by GeoMedia and its partner Die Ausbrecher, commissioned by the German Ministry of Environment. The video features an official address by then Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel to the HLPF, as well as various aspects of sustainable development in Germany.

Video shown at HLPF 2016 (German with English subtitles, 2 minutes)