Stuttgart a Livable City. The 2030 Agenda at a Local Level, 2nd Voluntary Local Review
Insights of the Report
The Municipal Council of Stuttgart joined the 2030 Agenda of the Association of German Cities and Towns in 2018 to actively implement the SDGs in the city. In 2019, the State Capital, in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation and the German Institute of Urban Studies, developed the first nationwide SDG Voluntary Local Review (VLR) to present the UN sustainability goals in Stuttgart both quantitatively and qualitatively. The VLR enables the analysis of developments over time, identifying the inter-relationships and conflicts of interest between sustainability goals, and the development of further measures and policy recommendations. The 2021 update expands the topics covered, such as digitalisation, sports and culture, and addresses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local contexts. Stuttgart contributes to the exchange of experiences and further development of SDG indicators in other cities and municipalities through the VLR. The municipal product budget has been aligned with the SDGs, and steps have been taken towards a closer interlinking of cross-departmental development of guiding principles, SDG indicators, and budget planning towards impact-oriented sustainability management. The State Capital's contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda was included in reports to the United Nations in 2021.
Level of Government
Local (city, town, village, etc)
Stuttgart is the capital city of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. With a population of approximately 634,000 people, it is the sixth-largest city in Germany. Stuttgart is a major economic hub in Germany and is home to many international companies, including Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The city has a highly skilled workforce and is known for its innovation in areas such as engineering, manufacturing and design. Stuttgart is also renowned for its cultural offerings. The city is home to a number of world-class museums, including the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the Stuttgart Art Museum, and the State Museum of Natural History. Stuttgart also has a vibrant performing arts scene, with numerous theatres, opera houses, and concert halls. Stuttgart is a city that values sustainability and environmental protection. It has implemented a range of measures to reduce its carbon footprint and promote green living.