German Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller at the lectern

Kicking off a National Partnership for Development Year 2015

1 April 2014 | BMZ, Berlin, Germany

Development experts and the public were asked to help shape development policy as part of “The Charter for the Future – ONE WORLD. Our Responsibility”

In his commencement speech to more than 350 participants from all walks of life, Minister Müller announced: “We have to shape the process of globalisation so that it serves the interests of all peoples. The market needs rules and power needs limits. Sustainability has to be the driving principle behind all development, and indeed behind all we do.”

The upcoming Development Year 2015 provided the impetus for starting The Charter for the Future process, Minister Müller said. The coming year marked the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals, and the international community will pass a new agenda for sustainable development. A binding follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol will be agreed at the December 2015 climate conference in Paris. 2015 is also the European Year of Development and Germany will assume the presidency of the G7.

The Charter for the Future process is designed to develop into a national partnership of civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, churches and foundations, and states and communities. The GIZ’s Development Policy Forum is supervising the entire process on behalf of the BMZ. In his welcoming address, Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller emphasised that everyone was invited to participate: “There is no thought control here, no party affiliations. We want everyone to be heard in the process of formulating goals for the Post-2015 Agenda.”

Müller noted that globalisation needed to be designed with limitations—“we cannot live at the cost of others.” He described the four dimensions of sustainability – economic, ecological, social, and the political and cultural– that structured the conversation around The Charter for the Future.

The dialogue will last around seven months and take place via an online platform,, where development experts and the general public can get involved. Participants can still ask questions and make suggestions as part of The Charter for the Future debate until September 9.

Topical forums will also be held in a variety of Germany cities that focus on one of the five questions. For information on these events and the continuing process please visit

The results of the online dialogue and the topical forums will be summarized in one document. On November 24, this mutualised Charter for the Future document will be presented at a final event attended by German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. Federal Minister Dr Gerd Müller will officially hand the document over to Chancellor Merkel for the negotiations on the Post-2015 Agenda and G7 presidency.

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