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Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The new Swiss Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-19 sets out the Federal Council's policy priorities for sustainable development in the medium to long term. It also lists the action that the Confederation will take to implement this Strategy during the legislative period. In addition, the Strategy indicates the contribution that Switzerland will make to achieving the United Nations' global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ('2030 Agenda') during this period. The aim in the future is to align the Strategy as comprehensively as possible with the 2030 Agenda to ensure that Switzerland plays a full part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030.


Since 2009, the NSDS is part of the Government Legislative Programme. The two processes of the legislative planning and the SD strategy are strongly linked. This results in various improvements:

·       more efficient coordination,

·       more solid institutional anchoring of the NSDS,

·       broader acceptance of the NSDS

·       more effective integration in the government policy.


A third interim report on the strategy's implementation status was published in at the end of 2013. More information can be found here. Moreover, a new brief guide on 17 key indicators to measure progress towards sustainable development has been published in March 2015. It addressed the question: Is Switzerland on the road to sustainable development? The guide can be downloaded here.

Type of SD strategy

NSDS covers all three dimensions of SD.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE)

Link to the SD strategy

Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019

Further information about
the SD strategy process

General information about SD in Switzerland: Sustainable development in Switzerland – A guide

Good Practice Example: Assessing Sustainability: English | German | French | Italian

Switzerland has commissioned an external evaluation of its SD strategy in 2010. The results of the evaluation have been published in 2011 (click here for the evaluation report in German with summaries in English, French and Italian).

Best practice examples on the regional and local level: German | French | Italian



This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 18 July 2016

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