The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes an important landmark for global cooperation. Switzerland has played a major role in its development. The Federal Council is now committed to implementing it on both a national and international level and contributing to achieving its aims, the sustainable development goals (SDGs), by 2030. This specifically means things like measures to reduce CO2 emissions, promote gender equality, and close material cycles. Switzerland is contributing to achieving the goals as part of Swiss foreign policy and development cooperation as well as implementing them in the country.
The first stage
The Federal Council prepares the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in a transition stage. The core element of the work is a substantive analysis of the current status of its implementation. This review reveals where the greatest need for action lies if the SDGs are to be achieved. It also illustrates the opportunities that the 2030 Agenda will open up for our country.
Partnerships and cooperation
Switzerland has a long tradition in the cooperation with governmental and non-governmental actors and wants to strengthen the established partnership for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It plans to strengthen the institutional cooperation for sustainable development with the cantonal sustainability specialist units and delegations, for example. In order to ensure effective cooperation with non-governmental stakeholders, it has appointed a support group of representatives from business, civil society, and academia to clarify the procedures and purpose of the cooperation and coordinate activities. Furthermore, the Federal Council set up the “2030 Dialogue for Sustainable Development” to deepen discussions on sustainable development. An impressive number of stakeholders are already working on implementing the SDGs. These forces must be combined.