Switzerland has enshrined sustainable development in its constitution as a binding objective for all levels of government. The Federal Council’s Sustainable Development Strategy sets out its medium to long-term policy priorities in this area.
The Sustainable Development Strategy
The Sustainable Development Strategy provides a roadmap for the direction in which Switzerland should continue to develop in certain key areas. It forms part of the broader legislative planning process. The revised version for the 2016–2019 period was adopted on 27 January 2016. The Strategy represents the target scenario for sustainable development and comprises a long-term vision and a set of goals for 2030.
The 2030 Agenda provides a reference framework for the new Sustainable Development Strategy. Indeed, the Strategy already incorporates many of the requirements of the SDGs. In the longer term, the aim is to gear the Strategy as closely as possible to the 2030 Agenda.