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How can sustainable tourism generate income for disadvantaged populations in Durban? What can we do together to prevent marine pollution? How can we inspire young people’s commitment to creating a fair future with development opportunities for all?

"We can be the first generation to succeed in ending poverty; just as we may be the last to have a chance of saving the planet.” This statement from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an apt expression of our own view: the risks we face are great indeed, yet it is still within our power to avert them.

Agenda 2030 is an expression of the global community’s conviction that our current global challenges can only be solved by working together. The Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to provide the foundation for a future that is socially, environmentally and economically fair and sustainable.

Cooperation between national governments in the Global North and South plays an important role in the achievement of these goals, but responsibility does not stop there. Success will require stakeholders at all levels to orient policies towards the Agenda and participate in its implementation. The city of Bremen, through initiatives such as its international city partnerships, is doing its part to strengthen the SDGs.

On these pages, we would like to introduce our municipal partnerships for sustainability in Durban, South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia. With both of these cities, we have long-standing, fruitful relationships that demonstrate how much can be accomplished when municipalities work together. From international experts coming together to discuss the proper handling of wastewater, to designing sustainable tourism in Durban, to inspiring young people in South Africa to get involved in marine protection, to making the disposal of used oil in Windhoek more environmentally friendly--these are only some of the ways our partnerships realise international projects for greater sustainability.

For more details on these and other projects, we invite you to keep browsing. We are proud of our partnerships, and we hope you enjoy reading about the work we do.