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Switzerland has a tradition of involving a broad range of stakeholders in Sustainable Development planning. In the period from 2012 to 2015, Swiss stakeholders were involved in two parallel public dialogues – one on Switzerland’s engagement regarding the 2030 Agenda, led by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through an inter-ministerial task force, the other regarding the new SDS, led by the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) and through the Interdepartmental Sustainable Develop-ment Committee (ISDC). The stakeholders’ interests, points of view and objectives with regard to sus-tainable development were considered and discussed. Both processes encompassed representatives of civil society, business, academia, politics and the Federal Administration, while the SDS, because of its national focus, was additionally consulted with the cantons.

Stakeholder feedback through these consultations was integrated into Switzerland’s position on en-gagement regarding the 2030 Agenda. The Swiss position paper was adopted by the Federal Council in June 2014 and resulted in a negotiation mandate for the Swiss delegation in the intergovernmental nego-tiations on the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in 2015.

The dialogue with institutional stakeholder groups from business, civil society, academia and politics regarding the new SDS provided proposals for a long-term vision and the targets which should be met by 2030 (oriented towards the SDGs) as well as the identification of actions that the Confederation should take in the 2016–19 period to achieve its medium-term targets. The outcomes of this dialogue were collated into a synthesis report which served as one of the bases for the new strategy. The work to revise the SDS also involved closer cooperation with the cantons and communes. They were included in the process of developing the strategy as part of the broad stakeholder dialogue. For the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, however, the subnational level will have to be involved even closer.

These processes have been consolidated since autumn 2015, resulting in a new and comprehensive consultation procedure, the “2030 Dialogue on Sustainable Development”. It will ensure that the out-comes of the stakeholder dialogue continue to provide input and that all relevant stakeholder groups are involved in ongoing processes linked to the Confederation's sustainable development policy cycle of monitoring, planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting.


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

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