The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is a universal agenda, valid for all countries. It brings together the follow up on the UN Millenniums Goals with the challenges of the Follow up of Rio under a single agenda. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the heart of the agenda.  All countries are called to develop strategies to implement those goals in their domestic policies, to contribute to them in their foreign and particularly development policies and to take them into account in addressing policy coherence for sustainable development. The progress towards this agenda is reviewed internationally at the annual UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The United Nations Statistical Commission created the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), which was tasked to develop and implement the global indicator framework for the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. Switzerland reports regularly on these indicators to the UN. Based on the global indicator framework the UN publishes a yearly Sustainable Development Goals Report. Furthermore, the UN publishes the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), focusing on specific issues or nexuses of issues, aiming to strengthen the science-policy interface at the HLPF.

Switzerland will address the new agenda both at domestic level and in its new Dispatch for Development Cooperation. In a first step Switzerland has addressed the goals in the federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-19. In a transition phase Switzerland conducted a baseline study on its SDG implementation covering all SDGs and targets, which identifies the challenges and opportunities for Switzerland. The Swiss system of sustainable development indicators (MONET) was expanded where appropriate to ensure adequate monitoring and reporting on Swiss progress. Furthermore, Switzerland clarified its institutional arrangements, processes and responsibilities in the Federal Administration for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The results of this transition phase are presented in Switzerland's Voluntary National Review at the High Level Political Forum in 2018.

Relevant papers and methodological reports will be regularly published on the shareweb.

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- Swiss Government Website on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development





​​ Implementation Concept: Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda in Swiss International Cooperation

Mai 2018

Author: Swiss Confederation, SDC


Implementation Concept: Agenda 2030

At global level, Swiss international cooperation promotes norms that are aligned with the vision of the 2030 Agenda, It accelerates the agreed Agendas' implementation through partnerships and strengthens accountability in the follow-up of the Agenda.

The present concept seeks to further the mainstreaming of the 2030 Agenda at all levels of action:

- at the level of national sustainable development strategies

- in the context of defining and implementing cooperation strategies

- at project level

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​​ A good Life for All within Planetary Boundaries

February 2018

Author: O'Neill et al. in Nature Sustainability


 A good Life for All within Planetary Boundaries.pdf

Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical planetary processes. Using indicators designed to measure a ‘safe and just’ development space, O’Neill et al. quantify the resource use associated with meeting basic human needs and compare this to downscaled planetary boundaries for over 150 nations. They find that no country meets basic needs for its citizens at a globally sustainable level of resource use. Data for Switzerland can be found here.


​​ Shadow Report of Swiss Civil Society and Position Papers 2016-2017

Authors: Caritas Schweiz, alliance sud, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation


Caritas-Positionspapier - Die Agenda 2030 fordert die Schweiz (Juni 2016).pdf

Das vorliegende Positionspapier konzentriert sich auf die innenpolitische Bedeutung der Agenda 2030 und zeigt anhand einzelner Politikfelder auf, was die Umsetzung der «Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung » konkret bedeutet. Gleichzeitig fordert Caritas Schweiz von Politik und Verwaltung, die finanziellen, politischen, strukturellen und institutionellen Voraussetzungen für die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 im Interesse einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung zu schaffen.


Alliance Sud, Beitrag zum Social Watch Spotlight Report zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 - Herausforderung nachhaltige Zukunft: Doe Schweiz muss noch kräftig nachbessern (Juli 2016) .pdf

Im Rahmen des ersten High Level Political Forum (HLPF) seit Verabschiedung der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung hat die Schweiz neben anderen Ländern ihre ersten Schritte zur Umsetzung für eine nachhaltige Zukunft präsentiert. Alliance Sud leistete in diesem Rahmen einen Beitrag zum Schattenbericht des NGO-Netzwerkes «Social Watch».


Helvetas-Positionspapier – Im Zeichen der Agenda 2030 für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (September 2017).pdf

Alle Staaten sollen ihren Beitrag leisten für eine gerechte Welt, in der die Menschen selbstbestimmt in Würde und Sicherheit leben und die natürlichen Ressourcen nachhaltig nutzen. Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation fordert Regierung und Politik der Schweiz auf, nebst einer verstärkten internationalen Zusammenarbeit auch die politischen Weichen in Richtung der «Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung» zu stellen. Helvetas richtet im vorliegenden Positionspapier acht Forderungen an Politik und Verwaltung und plädiert zuallererst für Politikkohärenz: Alle politischen Strategien und Interventionen der Schweiz, die Auswirkungen auf Entwicklungsländer haben, müssen zugunsten einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung ausgestaltet werden.


​​ Switzerland and the Agenda 2030 - Discussion paper on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in and by Switzerland

August 2017

Authors: Thomas Breu, Michael Bergöö, Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi and Martin Fässler, published by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland


Switzerland and the Agenda 2030 - Discussion paper on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in and by Switzerland.pdf

Between June and August 2017, non-governmental stakeholders from business, civil society and the scientific community together with the cantons and communes have had an opportunity to comment on the Federal Government's assessment of current progress and shortcomings with regard to the implementation of Agenda 2030, if applicable to supplement that assessment and also to indicate what contribution they can make to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. This Discussion Paper by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland contains comments and recommendations from a scientific standpoint on the requirements, obligations and framework for action that could be applied to a transformational strategy for Switzerland geared to sustainability.


​​ Flyer: Switzerland and the Sustainable Development Goals

June 2017

Author: Swiss Confederation


 Flyer: Switzerland and the Sustainable Development Goals.pdf

(This document is also available in other languages)

This Flyer gives a short overview what the 2030 Agenda is about, how Switzerland seeks to implement it and report on the progress, which first steps were taken and how Switzerland cooperates with other federal levels and non-state actors.


​​ Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets - An assessment of where OECD countries stand

June 2017

Author: OECD


 Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets - An assessment of where OECD countries stand.pdf

This OECD Study of the distances from the SDGs of selected OECD countries leverages the wealth of statistical data collected by OECD members and harmonised through OECD tools and processes. It updates the Pilot Study, published by OECD in July 2016, by offering a wider set of indicators and more complete coverage of the Agenda 2030 targets, as well as a refined methodology for assessing distance to those targets.