Strategy and Planning

Understanding of Sustainability in Switzerland

Switzerland bases its understanding of sustainability on the definition provided by the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) in its 1987 report entitled «Our Common Future», namely that «Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs».

Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019

In its Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Council sets out the areas on which its sustainability policy will focus.

Accountabilities and implementation

The Federal Council has supreme political responsibility for Switzerland's sustainability policy, and has given the ARE the task of coordinating the implementation of a sustainability strategy (controlling implementation as well as performing monitoring and evaluation tasks) at federal level and also in collaboration with cantons, municipalities and other stakeholders.