THE ONE WORLD DAYS START IN BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

Stuttgart, August 31, 2017: In September, a mayor symbolically sells his body weight as fair trade coffee. He wants to show that our consumer behavior has an impact on the lives of other people, for example in the Global South. Like him, people from many Baden-Württemberg municipalities, clubs, schools, NGOs, world shops, adult education centers and other municipal institutions are committed to the nationwide initiative Meine from September 1st to October 31st, 2017. Your. One World. The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) in cooperation with Engagement Global's Service Center for Municipalities in One World (SKEW) invites people to attend every two years.

29 cities and municipalities as well as one district are taking part in the project with around 350 events. This fall, Baden-Württemberg's municipalities will show how the United Nations' 2030 Agenda with its 17 goals for sustainable development can be implemented. Goal 1, for example, is to end poverty in all forms and everywhere. And Goal 11 aims to make cities and settlements more sustainable. 

“We have to rethink now. Global responsibility begins on our own doorstep. Municipalities and local initiatives play a very important role in this. All those involved in One World Days are role models for others. Because they show what rethinking can look like in concrete terms,” says Philipp Keil, the managing director of the SEZ. The initiative also aims to network actors from different areas and inspire them to act together.

This year the Enzkreis and the following municipalities are taking part: Bad Waldsee, Baden-Baden, Bruchsal, Brühl, Dornstadt, Dunningen, Ehingen/Donau, Engen, Esslingen, Fellbach, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Heimsheim, Karlsruhe, Köngen, Künzelsau, Lahr, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Mössingen, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schwäbisch Hall, Steinen, Stockach, Stuttgart, Ulm and Untermarchtal.

The entire events of all those involved can be found in the SEZ events calendar at www.sez.de/veranstaltungen/.

All participating municipalities, districts and participating local actors can take part in the initiative's competition with their program. There are nine prizes up for grabs with a total prize money of 30.000 euros. State Secretary Theresa Schopper will award it at a celebratory award ceremony on November 29, 2017 in the Marble Hall of the New Palace in Stuttgart.

About my. Your. One World.
The initiative, which was launched by the SEZ in 2006, has taken place six times so far. In total, almost 90 municipalities in Baden-Württemberg took part, many of them several times. Together with their municipal institutions as well as civic, church and private initiatives and those committed to development policy, they offered over 1.600 events. The aim is to raise awareness of global issues, encourage responsible actions in everyday life and strengthen local networks. Mine. Your. One World. is part of the SEZ Partnership Center and takes place as part of the One World Promoter Program.
Further information about the initiative can be found at: www.sez.de and www.service-eine-welt.de  

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