To monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national level requires an appropriate set of metrics. Such indicators are an essential tool for monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Federal Council has ordered the definition of sustainability indicators to help determine what measures are needed and take action towards sustainable development in line with Switzerland’s constitution.
The indicator systems are designed to:
- initiate debate between stakeholders in society about the goals of sustainable development;
- measure the current level of sustainability, indicate trends over time and identify areas for action;
- inform the public and political decision-makers about the current state of sustainable development and thus enable potential problem areas to be identified at an early stage;
- enable comparisons (benchmarking) to motivate all actors to emulate good practice and step up their efforts to achieve the goals.
The MONET 2030 indicator system gives an overview of sustainable development in Switzerland, providing a picture of the progress made towards the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda as well in relation to certain topics specific to Switzerland. Comprising over 100 indicators relating to the three environmental, social and economic dimensions, the system is structured around the 17 SDGs.
The Cercle Indicateurs is used to measure and compare sustainable development in cantons and cities. The indicator system comprises around 30 indicators in the domains of environment, economy and society. As a national network consisting of the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) and the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) as well as cantons and cities, the Cercle Indicateurs contributes to strengthening and further developing the measurement of sustainable development at the subnational level.