Invitation to Workshop: Ways to work with UN Sustainable Development Goals



The SARA project partners invite all public administrations and institutions from Denmark and Germany to participate in an online meeting on 14 December. The subject: How can we implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our administrative structures? The programme includes a short presentation of the SARA project, the implementation of the SDGs at universities and the role of the development goals when it comes to urban development. Use this opportunity to get valuable tips from experienced specialists.



  • Welcome and short presentation of the SARA project
    Olav Sønderskov, Lead partner, Region of Southern Denmark
  • How to work with SDGs at a University                                                                                                                                          Esben Flindt, University of Southern Denmark
  • Working with SDGs in a Municipality I DK – baseline, indicators and involvement of citizens,
    Climate co-ordinator Lene Sternsdorf, Municipality of Sønderborg
  • Working with SDGs in Schleswig-Holstein
  • Short introductions – ways to work with SDGs
  • at Management Level                                                                                                                                                         Municipality of Middelfart
  • Concrete actions and involvement of citizens                                                                                                              Municipality of Tønder

Facilitator: Helle Knudsen, Region of Southern Denmark

The workshop will be held in English. The participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use the link below.

Forum Meeting – input to a cross-border networking hub


The Danish and German partners of SARA want to establish a cross-border regional forum to ensure a regular exchange of experiences between private and public actors in the region who work with or engage in the application of the SDGs.
The focus at the meeting will be on how business organisations work with the SDG agenda as a business development tool for small and medium sized businesses. Case studies and discussions will feed into the development of the future cross-border regional forum.

Join us for knowledge and experience sharing on Tuesday, 23. November 2021, 9:30 to 13:00 (followed by lunch) at Akademie Sankelmark.



The meeting will be held in English. Participation in the workshop is free of charge, but registration is required.

Workshop for companies: Developing a sustainability strategy


How can companies set up a successful sustainability strategy? Where can you find impulses and support? On 28 October and 25 November, 2021, the SARA project partners from Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Kreis Rendsburg-Eckernförde (WFG) will answer these questions at a two-day workshop on "Sustainability Strategy". Together with Master's students from Flensburg University of Applied Sciences and interested companies that are already in the process of developing sustainability strategies for their company, the WFG is offering a framework for exchanging ideas and benefiting from the experiences of other industries.

When & where?
1st seminar: Thursday, 28 October, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2nd seminar: Thursday, 25 November, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The venue is Rendsburg, details will be provided after your registration.
The workshop is free of charge. In order to register please send an email to Salim Dinzad (SARA project team):

SARA project meeting -
Exchanging experiences for more sustainability 



On 2nd to 3rd September, professionals from Denmark and Germany met in Sonderborg to discuss possibilities and challenges in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The framework for the meeting was the EU Interreg A project SARA and six partners from Germany and Denmark.
‘It was the first time we met each other physically even though we have worked together for almost a year. We all shared our experiences on how we work with the Sustainable Development Goals. It was very inspiring and we look forward to sharing with many more representatives from companies and public institutions in the months to come,’ emphasises Olav Sønderskov from lead partner Region of Southern Denmark.
The objective for the coming months is to attract interested representatives from business sector and public institutions to share experiences and best practice and at the end, develop a toolbox that can also be used by many more organisations to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their own strategy.
Finally, the project pursues the development of the first cross-border regional forum for a regular exchange of experience on the development of methods, indicators and regional cooperation to strengthen the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the programme region.

Invitation to Webinar: Sustainability in Business: How Can Businesses Prepare for the Supply Chain Act?



SARA project partner Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft des Kreises Rendsburg-Eckernförde mbH & Co. KG invites to the online event "Sustainability in business: How can businesses prepare for the Supply Chain Act?" on 26 August. The web seminar will cover the topic of the impact and challenges around the German Supply Chain Act, which will come into force on 1st January 2023. According to the the current draft bill for the Supply Chain Act of the European Commission, companies will be obliged to verify to what extent their supply chains are organised in terms of sustainability.
Markus Körber (Head of Department for Economy, Foreign Trade and Internal Market at the Hanse-Office of the Federal States of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein), and Werner Koopmann (Head of the International Division of the Lübeck Chamber of Commerce and Industry) will provide insights on prospects and obligations suppliers and service providers have to meet in the future.
Participation is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Online-Seminar: Best practices for sustainability





Questions and answers

Click here to watch the recording of the online seminar

Invitation to online seminar: Best practices for sustainability



On 22 April 2021, the SARA project partners invite to the online seminar "Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Denmark and Germany". Participants will receive ideas on how to use the SDGs as a catalyst for the development of regions and companies.
As keynote speaker, Stine Kirstein Junge, who is responsible for the implementation of the SDGs at UNDP, will give an impulse on how the SDGs are and will be the framework for global and local sustainable development. Furthermore, Danish and German companies and public administrations will present their best practice examples.


There will be simultaneous interpretation in Danish and German. Participation in the workshop is free, but registration is required. Click here for the programme

Online workshop: sustainable economy - Strategic sustainability goals as innovation drivers



Invitation to the online workshop: sustainable economy - Strategic sustainability goals as innovation drivers



The SARA project partners organise an online workshop on 31 March . The workshop will take a closer look at sustainable supply chains and products.  You will also be introduced to young companies which business models are based on sustainability.  Get inspired by the presentations and practical examples and  discover potentials for your own company. Click here for the workshop programme with the registration link. (in German)

Insights from the OECD project on UN Sustainable Development Goals  



At the meeting of the SARA partners on 15 December, the Southern Denmark Region presented its work in the OECD project "A Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals". The project has showcased how cities and regions in different parts of the world work with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Region of Southern Denmark participated together with regions such as Flandern in Belgium, Viken in Norway and Cordoba in Argentina and the city Bonn in Germany, Kitakyushu in Japan. The OECD developed an online tool for working with the Sustainable Development Goals that they consider relevant for regions and cities. The OECD published a report for each of the participating regions and cities. The report recommends ways to continue working with the UN SDGs. For example, by using the regional development strategy to support and raise awareness about SDGs in the region and its municipalities. Another example is to identify and further potentials of public private partnerships through the SDGs by exploring instruments like public procurement.  


Please find the Report on Southern Denmark here.

Green light for the German-Danish cooperation  



The SARA partners met for a kick-off on 3 December 2020. Aims of the meeting were to gain a better understanding of the partners’ competencies and roles within the project. Furthermore, the project partners discussed about the status and the further procedure in the individual work packages. The common goal of the partners is to adapt the global approach of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to local conditions in the German-Danish border region as well as to the requirements of the respective organisations and to apply the sustainability in practice.

SARA receives funding from Interreg Deutschland-Danmark programme    



The Monitoring Commitee of Interreg approved the project application of SARA during their biannual meeting which due to the COVID-19 pandemic this time took place online. The Interreg programme Deutschland-Danmark will provide funding of around 610.000 Euros for the coming two years.