To monitor progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) at the national level requires an appropriate set of metrics. The MONET
2030 indicator system gives an overview of sustainable development in
Switzerland, providing a picture of the progress made towards the 17 SDGs of
the United Nations 2030 Agenda as well in relation to certain topics specific
to Switzerland. Comprising over 100 indicators relating to the three
environmental, social and economic dimensions, the system is structured around
the 17 SDGs.
indicator systems are designed to:
debate between stakeholders in society about the goals of sustainable
the current level of sustainability, indicate trends over time and
identify areas for action;
the public and political decision-makers about the current state of
sustainable development and thus enable potential problem areas to be
identified at an early stage; and
comparisons (benchmarking) to motivate all actors to emulate good practice
and step up their efforts to achieve the goals.
The list of updated MONET 2030 indicator set can be accessed at https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/statistics/sustainable-development/monet-2030.html
Global dimension of Sustainable Development
In Switzerland, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) coordinates the
exchange of data with the UN. The stats_agenda2030 network was set up to ensure
an efficient flow of data between the federal government and the UN agencies,
coordinate responsibilities in order to keep administrative burden to a minimum
and encourage transparency. The network, which is attached to the Swiss organization
of statistics providers, Fedestat, will remain active until at least 2030.
Switzerland has opted for a decentralized model, as many units of the
federal government have maintained direct contacts with UN agencies for many
years. Some 30 federal government units are involved in the production,
delivery or validation of data for the IAEG-SDGs indicators alongside other
The data is delivered to the UN custodian agency responsible for
indicators in a particular sector. Each year, about 50 agencies participate in
the collection and harmonization of the required national data, which are then
transmitted to the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) for publication.
Cantons and municipalities, with the support of the Federal Office for
Spatial Development (ARE), have created, since 2003, ‘cercle indicateurs’ as a
common platform for indicators and monitoring on the local level. German | French | Italian
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