In its 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy (2030 SDS), the Federal Council outlines the priorities it intends to set to implement the 2030 Agenda over the next ten years. The 2030 SDS and the associated 2021–2023 Action Plan were adopted by the Federal Council on 23 June.
Priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
The 2030 SDS sets out the guidelines for the Federal Council’s sustainability policy and establishes sustainable development as an important requirement for all federal policy areas. The Strategy now has a timeframe of ten years instead of the usual four. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) with its 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provides the reference framework.
The 2030 SDS is first and foremost an instrument to coordinate between policy areas, and works in particular to make sustainable development a core component of the numerous federal sectoral activities. As a transversal strategy, it formulates guidelines for federal policy and sets goals for the period up to 2030, as well as directions for domestic and foreign policy strategic with corresponding political priorities. All federal agencies are called upon to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the 2030 SDS within the scope of their responsibilities and to integrate the principles and goals into their regular planning, budgeting and policy management processes.
The strategy sets out the priorities of the Federal Council's sustainability policy in the policy areas where there is a particular need for action and coordination in order to implement the 2030 Agenda at federal level. The Federal Council has thus defined three priority themes: sustainable consumption and production; climate, energy and biodiversity; and equal opportunities and social cohesion.
The strategy also sets out how civil society, the private sector, the financial markets and the education, research and innovation sectors can act as drivers of sustainable development and describes the framework required for this to happen. Finally, it also defines how the Confederation can contribute by setting an example.
Numerous existing strategies, action plans and measures in all policy areas play an important role in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the 2030 SDS. The Federal Council has also adopted the 2021‒2023 Action Plan on the 2030 SDS. This complements the Confederation's existing instruments with specific measures in areas where there are still gaps or where there is a need for greater cross-sectoral cooperation.