The 3rd Dialogue on Sustainable Development
Event: Sustainable Growth Model
The 3rd Dialogue on Sustainable Development was held in Germany for the first time and was dedicated to the topic of safeguarding a cohesive society as a challenge and a chance.
A nine member delegation headed by Mr. Huang Haotao, Vice-President of the Central Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, visited Berlin between May 6th till May 9th 2015 to hold the 3rd Dialogue on Sustainable Development together with German politicians and FES. On the German side, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Vice-Chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, Hesse SPD State Chairperson and Group Chairperson in Hessian State Parliament, is responsible for the dialogue.
At the dialogue – held on May 9th at the headquarters of FES – three sessions were discussed:
In the first session the changes of the Chinese development model and the question what sustainable development means if discussed internationally was raised. Participants highlighted different understandings of sustainability internationally and demanded therefore a greater focus on regional cooperation instead of finding global solutions and in order to move forward in a quicker manner. The question whether more market will lead to more sustainability was raised. Seeing the German social market economy, which includes the state as an alternative option to ensure the market is not given too plenty of rope – as experiences with market economy show that an unregulated market is everything, but sustainable.
The second session dealt with social justice as part of a sustainable development model. In the third session participants discussed the Sino-German Innovation partnership and how sustainable development could be fostered within this governmental cooperation framework. It was among other things discussed how enterprises could take over more social responsibility and that social innovation is an area to be fostered in the governmental cooperation.
Other parts of the programme for the Chinese delegation included among others, different discussion meetings with members of the German parliament, the German Federation of Trade Unions, representatives of the German Social Democratic Party and of FES.
Overall, the discussions pointed out that business ethics, gender equality, emotions, and good-governance are essential dimensions of social sustainability in China and Germany. Social sustainability requires a balance between markets and democracy, between social spheres that are commoditized and uncommercial values.