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.

The Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) is an overarching strategy adopted by the Federal Council that reflects the priorities of the four-year legislative period. It outlines Switzerland’s desired developments in major areas. 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.