Mechanisms of Vertical Integration
National — sub-national linkages
In Switzerland, vertical integration mechanisms are relatively strong. Many
cantons and communes have defined their own strategies for sustainable
Linkages between the federal, regional (cantons) and local levels of
governance are managed within the framework of the ‘Sustainable Development
Forum’. The Forum ensures that the different levels of state authority remain
in contact and exchange information. In addition, the federal government’s
programme promoting sustainable development also provides targeted support to
initiatives that help strengthen sustainable development. A special focus is
placed on strengthening cooperation with the cantonal sustainability offices
and officers, who also serve as the first point of contact for the municipalities.
The Forum is convened once a year, and keeps practitioners from all levels of
government abreast of the current developments within and outside of Switzerland.
In addition, the federal government engages in a dialogue with the umbrella
organizations for Switzerland’s cities and communes.
The ‘Network of Cantonal Sustainability Departments’ (NCSD) was founded in
June 2018. The main objectives of the NCSD are: 1) Support sustainable
development with respect to the 2030 Agenda; 2) Strengthen the Swiss-wide
intercantonal cooperation; 3) Support experience sharing; 4) Support the
drafting of reports for the federal level; 5) Active and common perception of
cantonal interests with respect to those at the federal level
(technical-practical level); and 6) Practical support of the conferences of the
cantonal governments and further cantonal conferences.
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