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For this reason, the Federal Council requires the periodic production of sustainability indicators for the purpose of checking and implementing the constitutional sustainable development mandate (Measure 21 of the Sustainable Development Strategy 2002).
Indicator systems should:
- Initiate debate between stakeholders in society about the goals and the direction of sustainable development;
- Measure the current status of sustainability, indicate trends over time and identify areas for action;
- Inform the public and political decision-makers about the status of sustainable development and thus enable potential problem areas to be identified at an early stage;
- Enable comparisons (benchmarking) and, as a result of the ensuing competition, motivate people to step up their efforts to achieve the goals.
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