Sustainable Development Strategy

In the Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Council outlines its policy priorities for sustainable development in the medium to long term.  It is the main instrument for implementing the 2030 Agenda in Switzerland.  

Under Articles 2, 54 and 73 of the Federal Constitution, sustainable development and efforts to promote it are parts of the Confederation's overall remit. Since 1997, the Federal Council has set out its political intentions for the implementation of sustainable development in Switzerland in a dedicated strategy. This provides a reference framework for the direction in which Switzerland should continue to develop in certain key areas. The Strategy's aim is to ensure the coherent sustainable development of our country. This includes coordinating Confederation activities and ensuring that they are in line with action by the cantons, communes, business and civil society. The strategy draws on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a frame of reference.

While many of the SDG requirements were already anchored in the central thematic areas of the 2016–19 strategy, the new strategy is fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda. It follows the 2030 time frame to ensure optimal coordination with the 2030 Agenda and longer-term planning security and continuity. The Sustainable Development Strategy Action Plan is updated every four years to reflect the new legislative programme. 

The 2030 SDS is currently being developed. In terms of content, it will focus on three main topics: ‘Consumption and production’, ‘Energy, climate and biodiversity’ and ‘Equal opportunities’. A wide-ranging consultation process will take place in autumn 2020.