its first implementation activities immediately after the adoption of the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. The
Swiss Federal Council decided in December 2015 to keep this high level of
engagement and contribute in a meaningful way to implementing the 2030 Agenda –
both in domestic and foreign policy. In January 2016 the Federal Council
adopted the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) 2016–2019 that underlines the
need for sustainable development to be a coherent feature of all policy areas.
Consequently and wherever possible, Switzerland’s international engagement, in
particular its future international cooperation as well as sectoral foreign
policies, will also be oriented towards the SDGs.
“transition phase” from 2016 to 2017, a comprehensive programme of work is
being put into practice. This work is managed by a temporary inter-ministerial
working group with the aim to:
- clarify institutional
arrangements, processes and responsibilities in the Federal Administration for
the effective implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda;
- conduct a baseline study as
well as a gap analysis covering all SDGs and targets to identify and define
future areas of action to implement the 2030 Agenda;
- ensure adequate monitoring
and reporting by expanding the Swiss system of sustainable development indicators
- determine the modalities for stakeholder participation in
consultations and in implementation partnerships for the 2030 Agenda.
By early 2018, a report summarising these and
other efforts as well as formulating respective recommendations for Swiss
implementation of the 2030 Agenda will be presented to the Federal Council.
Based on the findings from the transition phase and decisions taken by the
Federal Council, Switzerland will present a first comprehensive country review
at the HLPF 2018.
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 18 July 2016
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