The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda do not just concern the Global South, since countries like Switzerland also need to adapt their domestic policies in line with the objectives of the SDGs. In June 2016, the Swiss NGO and KOFF member Caritas published a position paper illustrating the extent to which action is also required to be undertaken in Switzerland.
In Switzerland, 500,000 people are still living in poverty (SDG 1) and rising health insurance premiums are a problem for lots of people (SDG 3). In addition, educational opportunities are still determined by a person’s social background (SDG 4), there is a distinct trend toward greater inequality in terms of income and assets (SDG 10), and migrants and “sans papiers” enjoy a less favorable legal status (SDG 16). These inequalities must be reduced. Caritas is thus asking policy makers and administrators to make implementation of the 2030 Agenda a priority at the various institutions in Switzerland, to ensure the provision of finances, and to involve the cantons and communities in the process. However, it is also necessary to get civil society on board, as well as the private sectors and academia.