Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration
The horizontal integration within the federal administration is guaranteed
through the interdepartmental '2030 Agenda Steering Committee', and the
appointment of two Delegates are core elements of the new organizational
The 2030 Agenda Steering Committee brings together top-management level
representatives of the most relevant government offices. Its primary objective
is to manage and coordinate efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.
The remit of the 2030 Agenda
Steering Committee includes the following: 1) monitoring the SDGs in
Switzerland; 2) drawing up the voluntary national review for submission to the
UN; 3) prioritizing the principal challenges and opportunities for Switzerland;
4) determining national targets; 5) defining new measures; and 6) cooperating
with the cantons, communes and non-governmental stakeholders.
Switzerland promotes policy coherence through a number of different
procedures that ensure legislation of high quality, achieve a balance between
conflicting interests, foster synergies between policies in various sectors and
reconcile national and global perspectives. This entails a consultation
procedure involving all the main stakeholder groups and a further ‘technical’
consultation involving all the relevant federal offices, with the members of
the Federal Council formulating their views as part of the political-level
joint reporting procedure. Decisions taken by Parliament can be challenged
directly by a popular referendum.
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