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National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD




Switzerland started 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.


Within a “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 as appropriate.

-     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.



Leading Ministry and
respective unit



Ministry: Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC and Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

Unit: Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC


Other ministries involved


Main contact point for the
implementation process
[No information available]
Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs






The Agenda 2030 and the mechanisms of Monitoring and Review


Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019


Voluntary National Reviews


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

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